Compare And Contrast The Various Reactions To Lydia Bennet In Pride And Prejudice

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Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a famous novel related to mixed emotions concerning family issues. The main theme of the novel is marriage and its importance in the society. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ portrays the significance of how marriage was treated in the nineteenth century, where the elopement of a woman with a man was very common yet it wasn’t socially accepted.
In the nineteenth century women had a lower status in society than men, for instance they were not allowed to vote. At the time women were not permitted to inherit their fathers wealth and therefore had to choose husbands who were financially stable. Even though the novel is set in the nineteenth century it has great relevance to current times. The feelings attached to... View More »

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Mary is a gentle and intellectual character, who later on socialises.
The Bennets’ have differing views to each other over Lydia going to Brighton. Elizabeth shows how thoughtful she is when she warns her father of the dangers involved in sending Lydia to Brighton considering her vulnerable characteristics.
‘She represented to him all the improprieties…temptations must be greater than at home.’
Elizabeth tries to say that her behaviour will get extreme at Brighton because Mrs Foster isn’t mature enough to look after her uncontrollable behaviour. Elizabeth is responsible and considerate because she thinks about the possible dishonour the family could face if Lydia went to Brighton.
‘Lydia will never be easy till she has exposed herself in some public place…under the present circumstances.’
Elizabeth shows great concerns over Lydia going to Brighton, as she is sure of Lydia doing some harm to the family status. Elizabeth approaches her father and attempts to convince him of Lydia’s weaknesses and how she could bring disgrace upon them all. She warns her father,
'If you were aware, of the very great disadvantage… you would judge differently in the affair.’
Elizabeth says all this to ensure that the family pride is not affected in any possible way. She is conscious of the great possibility of Lydia exposing the family honour at Brighton. However she expresses her dissatisfaction to no constructive effect as she fails to persuade her father because he has different views of the matter. Elizabeth is left angry and feels Lydia’s foolish behaviour is because of her ...

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