Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice Essay

1780 Words Oct 5th, 2016 8 Pages
For most readers, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are the focus of Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice; after all, it is their love story. While their hate-love relationship is the main plot line, Elizabeth 's character and subsequent love story is dependent upon her status as a middle-class, unmarried woman, factors that trace back to her upbringing in the Bennet family. With five daughters and no way of inheriting the family property, the Bennets occupy a precarious place in society. Despite this, the parents do exceptionally little to equip their daughters for a successful life. While Elizabeth and Jane end up in successful marriages, their lack of proper upbringing could have left the whole family desolate. First readings of Mrs. Bennet see her as a somewhat ridiculous caricature of a woman obsessed with getting her daughters married. In contrast. Mr. Bennet is admired as a connected and intelligent parent, due to his relationship with Lizzie. While Mr. Bennet spends a fair bit of time with Elizabeth, his involvement with his other children is almost nonexistent, a fact which ends up ruining the family chances to inherit the Bennet property.
It is evident from the very beginning of the novel that Mary Bennet is different from the rest of her sisters. Repeatedly described as “plain” and conceited, most readers do not know what Mary 's purpose is in the family:
Elizabeth was eagerly succeeded at the instrument by her sister Mary, who having, in consequence of being the…

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