Pide and Prejudice Character Analysis

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Parents play a major role to influence their children’s characteristics and beliefs since they are the primary educators. In other words, the example they set via the actions they take and the decisions they make greatly impacts the behavior of the offspring. This is clearly seen in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen as Lydia, the youngest daughter in the Bennet family, is depicted to be the product of her mother’s failing position as a parent. Her immature behavior with others in addition to her elopement with Wickham justifies Mrs. Bennet’s unsuccessfulness to educate her daughter socially. Thus, Lydia’s lack of propriety and good judgment is a reflection of Mrs. Bennet’s inability to sufficiently fulfill her role as an effective mother. Mrs. Bennet is consumed by the desire to see her daughters get married, and as a result, she neglects to care for anything else concerning her children. For example, her reaction to Lydia’s elopement with Wickham exemplifies not only Mrs. Bennet’s stupidity, but also the great extent to which she proves incapable of holding the family together in a moment of crisis despite being a wife and mother of five. She “…blaming[es] every body but the person to whose ill-judging indulgence the errors of her daughter must be principally owing” (192), which is clearly herself. Instead of acting in a mature manner like an adult, she becomes hysterical and exaggerates, “ here’s Mr. Bennet gone away, and I know he will fight Wickham, wherever he meets him, and then he will be killed, and what is to become of us all?” (192). The fact that she questions the fate of her family if anything should happen to her husband implies that even she is aware of her insufficient mothering. Additionally, her ability to ignore the real issues and magnify the trivial ones, as aforementioned, further glorifies her foolish character and ability to make
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