Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, a romantic comedy full of lively characters and verbal banters. Mrs. Bennet has five daughters and a big problem. None of them are married! Mrs. Bennet, the burden of Longbourn, is a woman who desires to get her daughters married, but doesn’t realize she is the major deterrent to their suitors. Mrs. Bennet is a social misfit, an ineffectual mother whose judgments cannot be trusted. Her nonstop foolishness is one way that holds the plot together to a unified whole. Mrs. Bennet lacks any awareness of her social grace and embarrasses Elizabeth and Jane to no extent. Her incorrigible behaviors depicts a woman who lacks education and the ability to think before she acts. What Mr. Darcy says,…show more content…
1). Austen starts off the book with this line to set the mood and gives a small hint. The opening line says that gentlemen were always the one who were in look of a wife to gain fortune, but in actuality, men of good fortune were chased by financially unstable women of their society. This portrays how women were below men and how we didn’t have much say in society. We had to look up to men and kiss up to them for help in something where we couldn’t take into our hands because we were considered inadequate and uneducated in men’s eyes. Why is Mrs. Bennet in such a hurry to marry off her daughter? What does she fear happening or is her life that simple and boring to just focus on marriage? Mrs. Bennet is hiding a fear of some sort under her wild behavior. I believe she is afraid of losing everything, especially her estate to Mr. Collins. Since she has five daughters and no son, this means when her husband, Mr. Bennet dies, the estate will automatically go to the closest male cousin in their family which is Mr. Collins. With this in mind, she is also not as rich and well-known as the other characters. She lacks many things, but cherishes what she has. She is not necessarily afraid of losing the estate instead, she is afraid of the outcome of losing everything and having no one there to support her.

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