Villains In Pride And Prejudice Literary Analysis

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Villains are always seen as horrifying, eerie creatures, however that is not always accurate. In regards to literature, a villain is anybody that prevents the protagonist from achieving what they need or want. The book Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen in 1813, has many villains appear within the plot that are not necessarily depicted as scary. Pride and Prejudice is about a high societal gentleman named Mr. Darcy that falls in love with a woman named Elizabeth whose family is of a much lower social ranking, they must overcome obstacles, prejudice, and defiance in order to realize their love for one another and in the end, marry. Within the book Pride and Prejudice, many conflicts occur with the villains; these villains, Mr. Collins, …show more content…
Bennet’s disregard towards his family is shown through Mr. Bennet’s jokes made regarding his daughter’s marriage, the excessive freedom that Mr. Bennett grants to Lydia, and the horrible marriage between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Mr. Bennet’s neglect towards his family separates Elizabeth from the prospect of marriage and Mr. Darcy, causing Mr. Bennet to be portrayed as a villain throughout the plot. When Mr. Bennet is told to talk to Elizabeth after she declines Mr. Collin’s marriage proposal, Mr. Bennet claims that her ”mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do” (p.99). Instead of discussing with Elizabeth the possibility of her financial security, Mr. Bennet makes a joke out of Mrs. Bennet’s reaction. Although Mr. Bennet sees the importance in his daughter's getting married, he decides not to express an earnest opinion on the matter.This is because, once Mr. Bennet dies, his daughter’s marital status will have no effect on him. Mr. Bennet’s inattentiveness makes it much harder for his daughters to find proper husbands. This separates the protagonist, Elizabeth, from the necessity of marriage. When Elizabeth confronts Mr. Bennet with her concern that Lydia will make a fool of herself if she goes to Brighton, Mr. Bennet demonstrates his beliefs that, “We shall have no peace at Longbourn if Lydia does not go to Brighton. Let her go then” (202). Mr. Bennet encourages and allows Lydia to go to Brighton, which is where she decides to run away with Mr. Wickham. Mr. Bennet simply wants peace a quiet in his home, which is why he allows Lydia to go. Lydia’s actions in Brighton cause gossip to arise about the Bennet family, thus bringing shame to the Bennet family name. This scandal almost prevents the union of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. For all of Mr. Bennet’s other daughters, this scandal dramatically decreases their chances of ever becoming a married women. Since Mr. Bennet allowed Lydia to go to Brighton,

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