Elizabeth Bennet in
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen is an intelligent and
opinionated women of her time during the Georgian Era. She voices her
opinion and doesn’t care who is listening and is a women who stand up
for what she believes in. Mrs. Bennet, Elizabeth Bennet, and Lydia
Bennet behave differently throughout the novel. Mrs. Bennet and Lydia
Bennet are like one another. They both don’t have common sense and
lack intelligent because they do foolish acts in the novel. Elizabeth
is the total opposite from the two. She is intelligent and makes the
right choices in certain situations. Elizabeth Bennet is different
from her mother, Mrs Bennet and her sister Lydia Bennet, especially
how each of them view love and marriage.
Elizabeth Bennet is
very loyal, smart, vivacious but also very judgmental when it comes
to marriage. She is the favorite daughter to Mr. Bennet. Elizabeth
believes that all women should marry for love and happiness, and that
a marriage should end in happy endings. Miss Bennet is in distress
when she realizes her sister Lydia is forced to get married to Mr.
George Wickham because he is a womanizer. Austen writes, But how
little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only
brought together because there passions were stronger than their
virtue, she could easily conjecture (Austen, p.294). Austen also
writes, Wickham’s affection for Lydia was just what Elizabeth had
expected to find it, not equal to Lydia’s for him (Austen, p.299).
Miss Bennet is in distress when she realizes that her younger sister
is marrying a man who does not actually love her. Miss Bennet
believes that each soulmate should love one another to keep a
marriage strong with happiness. Elizabeth Bennet is unhappy because
she believes her sisters marriage is going to have an unhappy
marriage, especially when Mr. Wickham loves to flirt with any young
woman he sets his eyes on.
Lydia Bennet is the
opposite of her older sister Elizabeth Bennet. She is the favorite
daughter to Mrs. Bennet. Lydia would fall for any man in uniform to
where Elizabeth would rather get to know a man before marrying him.
Lydia is flirtatious, social, energetic but she is also immature.
Lydia was in Brighton flirting with more than one officer. Austen
writes, She saw all the glories of the camp; its tents stretched
forth in beauteous uniformity line, crowed with the young and the
gay, and dazzling with scarlet; and to complete the view, she saw
herself seated beneath a tent, tenderly flirting with at least six
officers at once (Austen, p.218). Austen depicts that Lydia Bennet
would probably marry any man in uniform before getting to know him
first. She is beyond happy of her marriage to Mr. George Wickham but
does not realize that he does not share the same affections for her.
Mrs. Bennet, on the
other hand, has her own views on marriage. She is quite different
from her daughter Elizabeth. She was a woman of mean understanding,
little information, and uncertain temper (Austen p.5). Mrs. Bennet
would push her daughters into a loveless marriage of wealth to
fulfill her happiness. Mrs. Bennet states, “A single man of large
fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our
girls” (Austen p.3,4)! Mrs. Bennet also states, “If I can but see
one of my daughters happily settled at Netherfield,” said Mrs.
Bennet to her husband, “and all the other equally well married, I
shall have nothing to wish for” (Austen p.8). Mrs. Bennet would
love to see all her five daughters marry a wealthy man, so they can
be well taken care of. Perhaps, Mrs. Bennet wants her daughters to
marry a wealthy man to escape poverty because when Mr. Bennet passes
away, the cousin Mr. William Collins is the next heir to the estate.
In conclusion, Mrs.
Bennet, Elizabeth Bennet, and Lydia Bennet are different from one
another, especially how they view love and marriage. They all behave
differently. Mrs. Bennet and Lydia have no common sense, and Lydia
misbehaves throughout the novel. Elizabeth, on the other hand, is
intelligent and seems to be an optimistic person at times. Mrs.
Bennet would love to see her daughters well off, perhaps to escape
poverty. Lydia would flirt with any man in uniform and would probably
marry without getting to know that particular person first. Elizabeth
believes in falling in love for a relationship to last. In the end,
the sisters’ marriage are quite different from one another. Elizabeth
Bennet is financially stabled and wants for nothing, while Lydia
Bennet’s marriage is the worst of all. She is forever in financial
need because her husband has no money to his name.
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