Mr. Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice" Book Review by 19900501

Mr. Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice"
An analysis of the character of Mr. Bennet in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice".
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Published on Dec 11, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses how the character of Mr. Bennet appears as being a bit disconnected from the rest of the society around him and how his whole attitude makes him seem like he doesn't care, or cares less than his wife does, about the lives of his daughters. It contends that in reality, this is hardly the case and how, although he rarely takes part in the dances and gatherings that make up the lives of his family, he often facilitates his family's participation and particularly in the case of Elizabeth, steps in when needed.

From the Paper:

"Even as an inactive participant in the social world of the country, Mr. Bennet plays a particularly active and important role in his daughters' participation in this world. In Zimmerman's article, "Pride and Prejudice in Pride and Prejudice", he argues that "Mr. Bennet's characteristic speech is ironic, and the pervasiveness of the irony reflects his refusal to commit himself to any action." It may appear that Mr. Bennet does not care for the wealth and well being of his daughters. This is false, as Austen tells the reader that "Mr. Bennet had very often wished, before this period his life, that instead of spending his whole income, he had laid by an annual sum for the better provision for his children, and of his wife, if she survived him. "

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