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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 10:56am.

I have to write a 750-1000 word essay on Pride and Prejudice. The question is,'By the end of chapter one of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, what have we learned about Mr. And Mrs. Bennet individually, and about their marital relationship ?'

I have written around 400 words. Could someone plz check it and tell me wat u think (maybe give some tips?). It's not the best (so sorry).

In the first chapter of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ we learn a lot about Mr and Mrs Bennet not only as husband and wife but individually as well. They have contradictory characters. They are two opposing personas.
Mr and Mrs Bennet are a couple who have been married for twenty-three years and who have five unmarried girls. Despite being married for as may years as they, Mr Bennet has a better understanding of Mrs Bennet than she has of him.
Mr and Mrs Bennet are the complete opposite of each other. Mr Bennet has a very complex character whereas Mrs Bennet has a less developped character. Mr Bennet is a calm, patient and tolerant man; whereas his wife, Mrs Bennet, is an impatient and nervous woman. He prefers solitude to being in the company of many people compared to Mrs Bennet who is a gossip. Mr Bennet is a good-hearted but withdrawn man and Mrs Bennet, on the other hand, is a querulous and excitable woman (give example of such behaviour).
Mr and Mrs Bennet also differ from ideas of marriage for the girls. Her main concern in life is to see her daughters married to wealthy men so that they will be taken care of in the future,when their parents-ie Mr and Mrs Bennet- are dead. She also has a very foolish nature and can be very two-faced in her opinions of people (ex).
We can see that Mr Bennet shows favouratism towards one of his daughters, Elizabeth, which Mrs Bennet is displeased about; she thinks each of her daughters have their own endearing qualities and that Mr Bennet shouldn’t give preference.
Throughout this chapter Mr Bennet uses a lot of irony and sarcasm; he has a bitingly sarcastic humour. He takes delight in provoking his wife and using irony and sarcasm against her because he always gets a great reaction from her.
The parents ideas on marriage for their children are of the opposite opinions to each other. Mrs Bennet values a marriage which concerns wealth and social status while Mr Bennet concerns don’t seem to involve so much wealth and social status but more in a loving respectful marriage. From this we can see that Mr Bennet’s love for his daughters is probably a quiet deep one and Mrs Bennet’s love is exaggerated and conditional. The father cares more about what is in the inside of people and the mother worries more about the vanity and appearance of people.

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