Written task 2 “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” This is a quote by Jane, the main character of the 19th century novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This quote indicates that Jane valued her independency more than anything else, which is not very common for 19th century women. Jane thinks, unlike other women from her time, that her self-respect is more important than finding a husband and that she therefore does not need one. In the 19th century women were very obedient to men and had little rights.
Once they decide on a man, there is no going back and divorce was considered uncommon. The women in the novel, each display their thoughts on marriage. However, Elizabeth Bennett, who is opinionated and passionate about her beliefs, is inclined to disagree with the norms of the society the most. While others believe that marriage is the key to happiness, she disagrees. She is not easily influenced by those surrounding her, even her family, and her honesty and wit allow her to avoid the drama that dominates the society.
Mrs. Bennet satisfied with their daughter getting married because they at least can get a place in the society. Elizabeth who at first rejected Mr. Collins proposal get mad by Mrs. Bennet who said "If you go on refusing every offer of marriage, you will never get a husband and I am sure I do not know who is to maintain you when your father is dead”. Elizabeth rejected Mr. Collins offers because she do not want to married for convenience but she want to get married with the man she love. In the end she married with Mr. Darcy after both managed to overcome their pride and prejudice against each other. Jane who at first sad because Mr. Bingey left Netherfield become happier after Mr. Bingley come back to Netherfield and proposed her.
She is a practical and idealistic character who cares to have a balance of love and financial security present in a relationship. The responsibility of ensuring a future for the rest of her family after her father passes away is a weight leaning on Jane’s shoulders. Also, Miss Bennet presents a positive attitude towards Charlotte’s marriage to Mr. Collins. This implies that she can sympathize with Miss Lucas’s decision that is based merely on security; “Jane confessed herself a little surprised at the match but she said less of her astonishment than of her earnest desire for their happiness” (Austen 124). On the other hand, Jane finds herself attracted to the courteous Charles Bingley shortly after their first encounter.
Mr Collins originally planned on proposing to Jane but Mrs Bennet tricked him by telling him that Jane was close to being engaged and that Elizabeth is in need of a husband. Elizabeth finds her mother’s marriage obsession annoying but somewhat reasonable. She understands that marriage is very important to a young girl but feels like her mother is a bit too crazy about it considering her daughters are getting married, not her. Without Mrs Bennet pushing the girls to be married, Jane would have never met Bingley and Elizabeth would have never met Darcy. The relationship between Elizabeth and her parents is not one of her strongest but is one of the more influential in her life.
On the other hand, there are many striking and funny moments in this play. For instance when Gwendolen tells her mother that, she is engaged to Mr. Worthing, her mother replies “Pardon me, you are not engaged to anyone. When you do become engaged to someone,I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact that.An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be.” (Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest Act I, P 16) That may be funny at the first sight, but though the mother seems very reasonable she dares to make her daughter engaged to someone without asking the daughter’s decision. And then the mother starts questioning Jack’s social and economical status in behalf of the husband’s masculine figure. Besides, the mother is very interested in her daughter, but she becomes happy when she learns that Jack has no parents.
For example, she doesn’t tell us his name in the story. This tells us that her husband is not important to her and she doesn’t love him. On the other hand, he loves her and will do his best to make her proud. This is shown when he helps her to pay back the loan she had to take out to replace the necklace. He does this by working many, many years to help her instead of buying things for themselves.
Moving on to Pride and Prejudice the mother in the novel Mrs. Bennet is obsessed with her daughters getting married to wealthy men and in the novel, she does anything in her power to make that happen. Lastly, there is the mother who is hard to compare to the other the mothers, Gertrude Morel from the novel Sons and Lovers. She loves her children unconditionally, especially Paul, but she also has a hard time letting go of her son and that is in his disadvantage. In some circumstances, Lady Capulet from the play Romeo and Juliet and Mrs. Bennet from the novel Pride and Prejudice can be compared. They both
Darcy finds Lydia and Wickham and pays off Wickham to marry Lydia so there will be no shame put upon the Bennet name. Elizabeth soon finds out that Darcy did this for her and she falls in love with a man she thought she could never love. Mr. Bennet knows that Elizabeth hates Darcy for his personality and the way he treats others and when Elizabeth goes to her father about marrying Darcy he doesn’t believe that she truly loves him. When Mr. Bennet doesn't believe that Elizabeth really does love Darcy she tells him that Darcy paid off Wickham to marry Lydia to save the family name. Mr. Bennet cries of joy when he hears that Darcy did such for his own daughter and family and becomes forever grateful for what he
Ever since his wife died after giving birth to Adeline, he was never the same. Father would value his new wife, Niang, and her opinion over his own children’s. So in this novel, Adeline keeps on doing things to simply get her Father’s approval. Niang – Niang is Adeline’s stepmother who, at the age of 17, married Father one year of the death of his wife. She favors he own two children she had with Father over her adopted ones and simply mistreats or is strict with them simply because they were not French and were not biologically hers.