Relationships In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

True love never lies, and it never fails. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is a novel about the Bennet family and Mrs. Bennet’s quest to get her 5 daughters married. The opening chapter begins with Mrs. Bennet telling her daughters about Mr. Bingley, a new upper class and wealthy neighbor. Mr. Bennet, the polar opposite of his wife, refuses to follow the social norm of going to meet the bachelor first before any of the women. While Mr. Bennet eventually does this anyway, it is not before he berated his wife with sarcastic and witty comments. Mr. And Mrs. Bennet’s differing personalities in their relationship create conflict throughout the novel. Mrs. Bennet wants her daughters to all marry to wealthy men with good family names while Mr. …show more content…
Bennet’s sarcastic comments toward his wife symbolize his hidden anger in allowing himself to become trapped in his marriage to Mrs. Bennet, whom he does not love nor respect. Mr. Bennet refuses to go talk to Mr. Bingley and introduce him to his daughters. While he is not serious, Mrs. Bennet believes he is and begs him to go over. He responds saying, “I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go... for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley may like you the best of the party. My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty” (Austen 4). After Mr. Bennet sarcastically replies that Mr. Bingley might like her the best, his wife replies, unaware that she is being made fun of, thanking him for what she thinks is a compliment. Since his marriage to Mrs. Bennet, he has slowly withdrawn from the family in the form of nasty remarks towards his wife. This is because they never loved each other, and now that he is no longer attracted to her, he despises her. Mr. Bennet, unlike his wife, is intelligent enough to see someone’s character. This is why he and his daughter Elizabeth get along so well. Neither cares what society thinks of them and both believe that character should be valued more than class. He regrets not marrying someone that he loved and is bitter that he is now trapped for the rest of his life with Mrs. Bennet, who is materialistic. Through their relationship, Austen argues that marriage is sacred and should be with someone that one

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