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Topic: Pride and Prejudice Essay Jane Austen's concern for family life and value is omnipresent in her first composed, popular work, "Pride and Prejudice" - it can be seen in her decision in starting the novel by introducing the dialogue between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, concerning the moving in of the Bingleys to Netherfield, and how it can be of a help to the marriage of their five daughters. In fact, Austen, through the description of the several families in the novel, presents the idea of family being the fundamental part of the society and thus, suggests the important role of parents as to nurture their children. In my opinion, Austen's view of the qualities of a good parent is very similar to that of today society - A good and responsible parent should take care of his/her children, provide adequate and good teaching to them, consider their feelings and request reasonably, does things for the good of the children and more important, treats all children justly. Nevertheless, Austen's description of Mrs. ...read more.


Gardiner to the Bennets, Austen gives a clear description of her amiable, caring and considerate personality - upon Jane's failure in the further development of her affection with Mr. Bingley, Mrs. Gardiner does not only feel sorry for her, but also puts her concern into action by expressing "excellent consolation" (111) that accidents can often happen in love affairs. She even suggests Jane to "go back with [them] (Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner)" (111) so as to have a "change of scene" (111) and "a little relief from home" (111). Although Mrs. Gardiner is not the mother of the two sisters, she knows and understands Jane and Elizabeth well - she can predict that "it [would] [be] better [if] [the] [unhappy] [matter] happened to [Elizabeth]" (111), as she knows "[Elizabeth] [can] [laugh] [herself] out of it sooner" (112). In addition, she is not partial to Jane as she also shows concern over Elizabeth - she never thinks ill of Elizabeth because of her refusal of Mr. Collins' proposal, instead she gives constructive advices to her as not to take the risk to fall in love with Mr. ...read more.


Darcy with her arrogant and unconventional speech and deeds. Moreover, Austen, in the novel, suggests that Mrs. Bennet is responsible for the misconduct of the three little Bennets (Mary's insisting on the poor performance in the public ball, and Kitty's and Lydia's frivolous deed of hanging around with the officers) because of her negligence towards their attitudes and behaviour and the absence of the provision of a proper education. In conclusion, through the portrayal of the sharp contrast between the two mothers, Austen gives us the idea of the important role of family's education in nurturing the children and in developing their sense of morality, civility and social convention. Furthermore, by comparing Jane and Elizabeth to their younger sisters, Austen stresses on the influence of a parent's behaviour and attitudes towards his/her children - Mrs. Bennet, being inconsiderate and ignorant herself, does not only shame the two elder daughters, but also sets a bad example to the younger ones. Finally, even though the novel was written in the early nineteenth century, Austen's view of the qualities of a good and responsible parent is still appropriate and is generally accepted as a norm in today's society. It reflects her concern over the everlasting quality of the family value. ...read more.

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