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Write a character sketch of anyone of your choice in ‘Pride and Prejudice’. This could be one major character or one with a small part in the book but about whom you have interesting things to say.

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Write a character sketch of anyone of your choice in 'Pride and Prejudice'. This could be one major character or one with a small part in the book but about whom you have interesting things to say. You should describe :- - Why you find him/her an interesting character - His/her importance to the themes of the novel - His/her relationship with other characters - His/her part in the plot to help illustrate his/her character. Remember to support you argument with textual evidence. Lyndsay Quinn 12C Mrs Feron Imagine having a completely ridiculous and utterly embarrassing mother, who has no shame in the things she says out loud. This is exactly fitting the description of Mrs Bennet who at first glance seems like a child with her silly, frivolous ways. She is the one we laugh at. A woman with little sense, who does not observe the rules of decorum very well. A woman in a marriage with less love than there was at the start with only a young, frivolous daughter to share her things in common with. She is described in the first chapter to be a ' woman of mean understanding, little information and uncertain temper ', which throughout the novel becomes clearer to us. She has one mission in life, to marry all her daughters to rich young men. ' It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. ' This is an ironic comment made by Jane Austen, however on the part of Mrs Bennet this is taken literally. She plays the main part in the plot of the novel. So when Mr Bingley arrives at Netherfield you can imagine how hyped up Mrs Bennet must have been. '" A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls! ...read more.


It is her behaviour - her vulgarity - that is the main obstacle to Mr Darcy developing an interest in Elizabeth and his reason for persuading Mr Bingley to leave Netherfield and ignore Jane. 'The situation of your mother's family, though objectionable, was nothing in comparison of that total want of propriety so frequently, so almost uniformly betrayed by herself '. She was delighted when Mr Collins wished to speak with Elizabeth. We know a little too well what she is thinking. She is deeply disappointed and surprised by Elizabeth's refusal. She realises that she cannot make Elizabeth do anything, so she wants Mr Bennet to force Elizabeth to marry Mr Collins, though she becomes terribly annoyed with him when he does not take her side. This shows that she wishes to be in control of the situation and everything is directed towards Mrs Bennet as she is only thinking of herself and what she wants and not of her own daughters. She tries to threaten Elizabeth by saying, '" Yes, or I will never see her again '". As this is Mrs Bennet no one takes her seriously. When Charlotte comes round she tries to make her sympathises for her. '" I am cruelly used as nobody feels for my poor nerves '". ' When she was discontented she fancied herself nervous. ' Throughout the novel we see evidence of this. '" You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves. '" This is quite funny because Mrs Bennet refers to her nerves many times. If something disappoints her, she blames everyone for upsetting her and her nerves. When she hears of Mr Collins marrying Miss Lucas she was outraged and even angrier with Elizabeth. She was not happy with Lady Lucas rubbing it in which is very ironic, as not too long ago she was doing the exact same thing. ...read more.


Jane was beyond competition her favourite child. ' It was like a contest for Mrs Bennet to see which daughter she can marry to the richest man. This is appalling behaviour for a mother. When Lady Catherine comes Mrs Bennet receives her with the utmost politeness, as she was amazed to have someone of high importance in her home. Mrs Bennet always thought of Mr Darcy as ' disagreeable '. When hearing of Elizabeth marrying him she was lost for words, which must be the first. However when she recovers she can only think about his wealth and not her won daughter's happiness. It soon changed her attitude towards Mr Darcy and she was very amiable towards him. '" Oh! My sweetest Lizzy! How rich and how great you will be! What pin-money, what jewels, what carriages you will have! Such a charming man! -so handsome! So tall! '" Not only did her attitude towards Mr Darcy change but also her attitude towards Elizabeth. It is amazing what money can do to a person especially when the man of large fortune is in want of your daughter as a wife. Mrs Bennet is also quite vain upon many other things. Mr Bennet says, '" which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr Bingley might like you the best of the party. '" To which Mrs Bennet replies, '" My dear, you flatter me. '" This is funny because we the readers know Mr Bennet is teasing her but she does not even realise this and takes it as a compliment. Now that all her daughters are married Mrs Bennet likes to boast. However her behaviour caused Mr Bingley and Jane to move away from Netherfield, which is quite funny because her annoyance as herself has caused them to move. Overall Mrs Bennet is portrayed as superficial in her understanding, trivial in her interests and mistaken in her judgements. Though funny, sometimes it is sad that she is incapable of responding to situations with more good sense and less nagging complaint and hysterical silliness. ...read more.

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