Social Characters In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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In Jane Austen’s renowned novel Pride and Prejudice, the protagonist, Elizabeth, finds herself locked in an awkward situation between both her interest in Mr. Darcy and the well-being of her sister, Jane. Jane happens to be in love with the young Mr. Bingley. Mr. Bingley is a wealthy green horne in the high social circles of society as he had just recently obtained the manor of Netherfield Park. This new stature in a world where wealth and stability equals an exceptional level of intellect and respectability, therefore, earns him the attention of the Bennets who has five daughters; Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia. With this in mind, Mrs. Bennet yearns for her daughters’ security and well-being which she feels can only be reassured in marriage.
During this time period, it was normal for women to mainly aspire for marriage. It was a woman’s top priority because they were not to own their own money or estates. This is also why Mrs. Bennet urges her husband so vigorously to visit newcomers. A social visit will be required of Mr. Bennet which will be intended to “ease his way in” with Mr. Bingley’s good graces. It is Mr. Bennet’s role as the male to introduce himself and his family. In eighteenth-century society Mrs. Bennet could
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Darcy, who appears unamused by the ordeal. He comes across as very arrogant and refused to be introduced to other women. He even goes as far to insult Elizabeth by saying “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me;” His manners are tremendously frowned upon because in this society he’s supposed to at least attempt courtship. Women of the eighteenth-century definitely had their roles to obtain, but so did men. In the beginning on Pride and Prejudice Mrs. Bennet becomes worried for Mr. Bingley because he’s always “flying about from one place to another, and never settled at Netherfield as he ought to be.” Even in this time period gender roles were strictly

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