Black - Part 1
Pink - Part 2 (did not have books therefore read online copy of book and used chapters instead of page numbers)
Purple - Part 3

Question #1:
1. Mrs. Bennet wants nothing more then for her daughters to be married off and to be happy in their marriages. This shows that she is caring, ambitious and hopeful for her daughters. She loves her daughters and thinks highly of them, therefore she feels that her daughter deserve a happy life/marriage.
pg 17. "If I can but see one of my daughters happily settled at Netherfield...and all the others equally well married, i shall have nothing to wish for."
2. After having five daughters, Mrs. Bennet would seem a little on edge with little patience. She is quick to respond and often doesnt think before speaking.
pg. 11 "Her mind was less difficult to develop. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper."
3. Mrs. Bennet cares for her daughter very much
pg 20 "But I can assure you," she added, "that Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here, and he walked there, fancying himself so very great! Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there, my dear, to have given him one of your set-downs. I quite detest the man."
4. Here, Mrs. Bennet was being rude and
pg. 90 "I can readily believe," answered he gravely, "that reports may vary greatly with respect to me; and I could wish, Miss Bennet, that you were not to sketch my character at the present moment, as there is reason to fear that the performance would reflect no credit on either."
"But if I do not take your likeness now, I may never have another opportunity."


1. “When this was done, she had a less active part to play. It became her turn to listen. Mrs. Bennet had many grievances to relate, and much to complain of.” Ch. 27
Here, we see that Mrs. Bennet was polite enough to listen to Mrs. Gardiner’s topics of conversation but when it is her turn, she talks of all that is annoying her. This shows that she can be impatient and likes to tell others of her troubles.
2. “Aye, there she comes,'' continued Mrs. Bennet, ``looking as unconcerned as may be, and caring no more for us than if we were at York, provided she can have her own way. -- But I tell you what, Miss Lizzy, if you take it into your head to go on in this way, you will never get a husband at all -- and I am sure I do not know who is to maintain you when your father is dead. -- I shall not be able to keep you -- and so I warn you. -- I have done with you from this very day. -- I told you in the library, you know, that I should never speak to you again, and you will find me as good as my word. I have no pleasure in talking to undutiful children, -- Not that I have much pleasure indeed in talking to anybody. People who suffer as I do from nervous complaints can have no great inclination for talking. Nobody can tell what I suffer! -- But it is always so.'' Ch. 25
Here, we can see the importance of marriage is to Mrs. Bennet. This show she cares about her daughters and how happy they deserve to be. However, we can also see that she is assertive and is not afraid to tell her daughter how it is. Her last sentence is rather shallow, inferring that everyone must be pitied.
3. “and her mother, with manners so far from right herself, was entirely insensible of the evil.” Ch. 37
Here, Elizabeth describes how rude and unmannered her mother can be. Also, Elizabeth describes how airy and unaware her mother can be.
4. "Oh, well! it is just as he chooses. Nobody wants him to come. Though I shall always say that he used my daughter extremely ill; and if I was her, I would not have put up with it. Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done.'' Ch. 40
Mrs. Bennet is protective of her daughters and values their worth. She makes Jane feel better about how Bingley treated her showing that she loves Jane. She also reveals that she is a strong-willed woman mentioning she wouldn’t have put up with the treatment from Bingley. She is only making matter worse but continuing to bring up Bingley.




1. “What, is he coming home, and without poor Lydia!'' she cried. ``Sure he will not leave London before he has found them. Who is to fight Wickham, and make him marry her, if he comes away?” CH 48
Here, Mrs Bennet’s reaction to Lydia and Wickham’s situation shows how she isn’t capable of being a parent whatsoever. Instead of trying to support her family, she hides in her bedroom leaving everything to Jane, showing how irresponsible she can be.
2. “It was a fortnight since had been down stairs, but on this happy day she again took her seat at the head of her table, and in spirits oppressively high. No sentiment of shame gave a damp to her triumph. The marriage of a daughter, which had been the first object of her wishes since Jane was sixteen, was now on the point of accomplishment, and . She was busily searching through the neighbourhood for a for her daughter, and, without knowing or considering what their income might be, rejected many as deficient in size and importance.” CH 50
Mrs. Bennet’s excitement for her daughter’s shameful marriage shows her lack of sense and disregard of virtue and honor. She occupies herself with wedding plans rather then look at the scandalous act.
3. “but Mr. Bennet was firm; it soon led to another, and Mrs. Bennet found, with amazement and horror, that her husband would not advance a guinea to buy clothes for his daughter.” CH 50
In this excerpt, Mrs. Bennet doesn’t realize the shame in the situation that Lydia has brought upon herself. She is only worried about the wedding which Mr. Bennet and the other sisters felt embarrassed about. This shows how airy Mrs. Bennet can be.
4. “`My dearest child,” she cried, “I can think of nothing else! Ten thousand a year, and very likely more! 'Tis as good as a Lord! And a special licence. You must and shall be married by a special licence. But my dearest love, tell me what dish Mr. Darcy is particularly fond of, that I may have it tomorrow.” CH 59


Mrs. Bennet’s acceptance and happy reaction the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy shows how caring and loving she is. Even though she can be clueless of a situation, from the beginning of the book, Mrs. Bennet wants nothing more then her children to be happily married.

SO SHE'S NOT CONCERNED WITH HOW SHE LOOKS AT ALL?? SHE IS TOTALLY AS SELFLESS MOM???




Question #2
So far in chapters one through twenty-three, Austen stereotypes Mrs. Bennet as the dumb, silly woman. She is the stereotypical over-bearing mother. People often thought women were melodramtic and silly. Austen makes Mrs. Bennet just this in the story. Austen would agree with society's view of women as one's who are only concerned with the latest gossip and how narrow-minded they can be. The obsession that Mrs. Bennet has with the marriages of her daughters' is what fuels her entire character and personality.
Even though Mrs. Bennet doesn’t appear often in Volume Two, we are able to tell that she is still a silly, airy woman. While dealing with her daughter’s broken heart, she continues to bring up the subject which only makes things worse. Because Mrs. Bennet did not receive an education, she can be considered dumb and even ignorant for not paying attention to getting her daughters an education.
"Mrs. Bennet was doubly engaged, on one hand collecting an account of the present fashions from Jane, who sat some way below her, and on the other, retailing them all to the younger Miss Lucases; and Lydia, in a voice rather louder than any other person's, was enumerating the various pleasures of the morning to any body who would hear her." (Chp 39)

In Volume 3, the bad parenting comes into view. Even though a wedding can be exciting and brings joy, Lydia and Wickham’s marriage was quite the scandal. Mrs. Bennet didn’t look at the reality of the disappointment the rest of her family felt. Even though she does care for her daughters enough to long for their happy marriage, she only thinks of marriage as a way to gain status and wealth.


Question #3
Character
Relationship to Mrs. Bennet
How she treats them
How
they treat her
Bingley
Just arrived to town and Mrs. Bennet desires her daughter, Jane, to marry him
She admires him greatly and especially wants him to marry Jane, but she makes herself a fool infront of him just to bring attention to herself
Is very disappointed and heartbroken that his marriage to Jane has seemed to fail. Almost dislikes him because her hopes were so high for the couple
Immediately welcomes him back into her home as he returns to Netherfield. Overjoyed that he proposes to Jane
Bingley seems to dislike Mrs. Bennet but at the same time he is never outwardly mean to anyone, but it seems as though he wishes not to be in her presence
No change in is feelings towards her
No longer allows himself to be held away from Jane due to her social status, therefore accepts Mrs. Bennet
Mr. Bennet
Husband
She expects him to be whipped and do whatever she says, but often she is surprised by his actions.
Seems like now she doesn't even expect him to play the fatherly role. He always does the complete opposite that she wants and she seems to have given up on trying to make him give efforts towards his children
Worries a lot over his death in London despite more important problems going on in their lives. Shows how dependent she is on him and the lack of paternal insticts they both have
he has a love of annoying his wife and playing around with her emotions because they do not have common interests or common personalities
Makes zero attempt to be friendly with her. One probably wouldn't know he was her husband or the girls' father because of his lack of interest
Seems to still be oblivious to his family life until Lydia has run away and even then he gives up. Doesn't seem to pay much attention to Ms. Bennet and leaves his fatherly role to Mr. Gardiner
Mr. Darcy
friend of Bingly
She extremely dislikes him due to his blase and proud attitude. Her first impression of him was tarnished b/c of his nasty comments on Elizabeth, but it still seems like she wants him to be attracted to her or her daughters because of his wealth.
Still doesn't like him because she doesn't see past his pride and doesn't have much interaction with him. Honestly she'd still love if he married on of her daughters cause of his status and wealth
Does not like when Mr. Darcy comes with Bingley to her house and is completely unaware he is who paid Wickham. Once she realizes that he did so and that he wants to marry Elizabeth she seems to grow fond of him
They haven't had much confrontation but he finds her intolerable as most of the people in Bingley's party. He does not like her pushy and loud attitude that she displays foolishes while visiting Jane
No change in his feelings towards her
Just like Bingley, he overcomes the Bennet social status and marries who his heart tells him to, therefore he virtually accepts Mrs. Bennet
Mr. Collins
man who will inherit her husband's wealth
She was cordial with him at first but them became upset after Elizabeth denied his proposal and he asked Charlotte Lucas
Insults the marriage of Charlotte and him even though they got married for the same reasons that she pushes her daughters. calls him a "conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man", assumes that as soon as Mr. Bennet dies he will kick them all out of the estate so fast
States that now because of the elopment he will try to kick them out faster than before
He seems to tolerate her because she supports his marriage to Jane because she is so obsessed with marrying off her daughters
Now he doesn't seem to care about any of the Bennet's especially the parents because they didn't force Eliza to marry him. Seems only interested in inheriting the land
Definitely insults Mrs. Bennet's parenting in his letters based on Lydia's elopement. Feels as though the Bennets lack control of their children and are bad parents.
Jane
Daughter
She seems to favor Jane, mostly because Bingley does and she is said to be the prettiest Bennet sister
Still favors Jane although she is disappointed that the Bingley situation didn't work out. She does try to lift Jane's spirits though and allows her to go to London to attempt happiness somewhere else
Still seems to favor Jane and leaves her alone with Bingley in hopes of his engagement. Escatic and delighted when Bingley proposes
Kind of finds her annoying with prying into her life but respects her as a mother and is way too nice to talk bad about her
It's clearly displayed that Jane doesn't make her judgments out loud and is very intraspective, but she shows no dislike towards her mother despite majority of her mother's attention being placed on her
Jane has a heart of gold and expresses no dislike ever towards her mother
Elizabeth
Daughter
Does not like how Mr. Bennet favors her in the beginning. Showed consideration when she tried to console her after Darcy trashed her but then tries to force her into a marriage that she doesn't want at all with Mr. Collins.
Still seems to disapprove of Elizabeth's choices but in his part of the book Mrs. Gardiner takes on the motherly role in Elizabeth's life
Finally approves of Lizzy's path in life and of her indifference which has attracted Darcy. She is very excited that another of her daughters will be married off to a wealthy man
Is fully aware that her mother makes their family look foolish and the girl almost desperate to get married and she gets very annoyed by her mom
Appears to like Mrs. Gardiner more and actually listens to her unlike her real mother. Still dislikes the pressure that her mom places upon marriage
Seems to be full of happiness now that she has found Darcy and doesn't reflect much on dislike of her mother. Blames herself not her parents for Lydia's elopement WHY IS THIS CRUCIAL???
Lady Lucas
Neighbor/friend
Gossips with her a lot and seems to be two-faced towards her and her daughters due to womanly competition
Invited over for dinner when the girls returned home
Not in reading
Not much is known of her personality but she seems to be a gossip as well
No change in feelings
Not in reading
Lydia
Daughter
Doesn't seem to reveal much yet on her besides that she loves how Lydia goes after men so she doesn't have to push her
Appears not to worry to much about Lydia, although this is the girl she should be most worried about due to her lack of common sense and boy-craziness, because the two of them are like the same person
Seems not to be a fan of the elopement but expresses delight in her daughter getting married
Happy-go-lucky type and her opinion on her mother isn't really stated
Doesn't mind her mother at all because of all that they have in common. They're attitudes towards men and marriage are basically the same
Goes right along with what her mother taught her about going after men.
Charlotte
Neighbor/friend of Elizabeth and Jane
Not much attention besides talking down and seeking compliments on her daughters through her
Insults her by saying she must not think to marry Mr. Collins
not in reading
Seems to trust Mrs. Bennet and doesn't seem to dislike her that much
Recognizes that Mrs. Bennet thinks that she is stupid for marrying Collins and thinks she is awaiting the Bennet estate
not in reading
Catherine
(Kitty)
Daughter
Doesn't show much affection towards her or Lydia probably because they're younger and have more time to get married off
No concern towards her, but basically one can assume she looks at her as though she is Lyida because of the admiration that Kitty has for her
Keeps her away from Lydia's influence in the end (probably because of other peoples' influence)
Same as Lydia, it's not really apparent on whether they agree with Elizabeth or take Jane's approach on seeing all the good
Probably likes her because she is also boy-crazy but she is probably upset that she couldn't follow the soliders like Lydia did
Probably just really wants her mom to marry her off like the other sisters
Mr. Gardiner
Brother
Mrs. Bennet seems to welcome him when he visits her home and she appears to trust him with her daughters and it is assumed that once Mr. Bennet dies she will live with him
Seems to leave all of her faith and trust in him because of her husband's faults
Is superior to Mrs. Bennet and seems to have care for his sister. He visits her and seems to have a friendly, brotherly attitude towards her
Treats his sisters' daughters like his own and stays to find Lydia which shows his love for Mrs. Bennet
Mrs. Gardiner
Sister-in-law
Allows her to take over the mother figure mostly of Elizabeth and Jane because she is there favorite and they are her's. Complains to her about the woes she is facing in life
Hands over the motherly role quite easily to her because she is more concerned about trivial things
Listens to the problems that Mrs. Bennet speaks of but then immediately turns to Jane and Elizabeth for the real answers
Never really states anything bad about her sister-in-law and accepts the more nuturing role very easily and kindly


Question #4

1. Stressed: Mrs. Bennet seems to be overwhelmed with the process of marrying off her daughters. She spazzes out about all the rich men and all the men who even speak to her daughters. She immediately goes through a routine of finding out gossip about them and boasting about them which almost makes them look bad instead of good. Her obsession with finding her daughters husband is the main stress in the book. No one would feel pressure without her, but she makes sure that she puts in on them
The only stress that she faces is still trying to find husbands for her daughters. Honestly its weird how obsessed she is with finding them someone because it causes so much commotion in her life. She gets upset about the Collins and Charlotte marriage because it places more pressure on her to get her girls married off too.
Gets super weird about Mr. Bennet in London thinking he will die on top of Lydia being aloped? Kind of not your ordinary person just adding stress to more stress.
2. Art as one: Doesn't seem to apply to our character
3. Satire: It seems like the author uses Mrs. Bennet to satire the pettyness of woman in society. Despite the class or relation to people there seems to be characters like Mrs. Bennet (Miss Bingly, Mrs. Hurst) who feed into the drama and make themselves look foolish to draw attention or fit in to society. She is two-faced to her friends and gossips so much to find out information.
The reaction to Collins' and Charlotte's marriage it complete satire. It is literally the same situation of Elizabeth in him if they were to get married, but she is just so mad and jealous that a Lucas girl got married before hers. It's comical how Collins rebounded like that but Mrs. Bennet took offense to it and now thinks that he and Charlotte are out to get her and her husband's estate.
Despite the entire ordeal of possibly ruining Lydia's reputation, creating so much commotion with the family, and the price of the elopement, Mrs Bennet is still delighted that one daughter is married off to a decent standing man.
4. Obsure and mystery: There isn't anything out of the ordinary with our character. She has the basic traits of a over-bearing basically pyschotic mother.
5. Men: Mrs. Bennet seemed to think that her husband should always listen to her because she knows what she's talking about but he never does. Like how they contradicted themselves on Elizabeth's engagement to Mr. Collins. She constantly believes that he needs to listen to her and improve himself to be more open to society and helping his daughters get husbands when he just wants to be laid back and let them do their own thing.
This chapter emphasizes even more the lack of care that Mr. Bennet has for his children, although it seems to affect Mrs. Bennet less than it did before. She seems to be coming to terms that she is own her own with raising her children but both of the Bennets seem to be cut a break when the Gardiners take on paternal roles in the girls lives.
Proven that no matter what, Mrs. Bennet is simply happy with her girls just marrying off to men despite the cost and stress.
P
assages...

"Mr. Collins had only to change from Jane to Elizabeth — and it was soon done — done while Mrs. Bennet was stirring the fire." pg 72, shows how crazy she really was about getting her daughters married that she just constantly encouraged it no matter who it was or who her daughter wanted.

"An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do." pg 104, shows the difference and disagreement between the parents of the girls. Mr. Bennet didn't believe in the forcing method that his wife did and she saw this as a flaw in his character.

Majority of chapter nine emphasizes the admiration the Mrs. Bennet has for Mr. Bingly and a lot about Jane. This is brought on because Bingly likes her the best. One quote that represents the boastful nature of this mother is, “I do not like to boast of my own child, but, to be sure, Jane—one does not often see anybody better-looking. It is what everybody says. I do not trust my own partiality. When she was only fifteen there was a gentleman at my brother Gardiner's, in town, so much in love with her that my sister-in-law was sure he would make her an offer before we came away. But, however, he did not. Perhaps he thought her too young. However, he wrote some verses on her, and very pretty they were.” pg 49

Mrs. Bennet spends so much time pressuring her daughters to marry off, especially for social gain. There is extreme satire shown when she degrades Charlotte for achieving marriage, "To oblige you, I would try to believe almost anything, but no one else could be benefited by such a belief as this; for were I persuaded that Charlotte had any regard for him, I should only think worse of her understanding than I now do of her heart. My dear Jane, Mr. Collins is a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man; you know he is, as well as I do; and you must feel, as well as I do, that the woman who married him cannot have a proper way of thinking. You shall not defend her, though it is Charlotte Lucas. You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me, that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger security for happiness." (Ch. 24)

Her stress is revealed as one of her daughters is sent far away. Usually this would cause anxiety for parents, but Mrs. Bennet is odd and gets enjoyment out of sending her children off, as long as they are searching for men or might find a man. "Mrs. Bennet was diffuse in her good wishes for the felicity of her daughter, and impressive in her injunctions that she would not miss the opportunity of enjoying herself as much as possible; advice, which there was every reason to believe would be attended to; and in the clamorous happiness of Lydia herself in bidding farewell, the more gentle adieus of her sisters were uttered without being heard." (Ch. 41)


Funny because she would totally let her daughter run around crazy with a boy just because that is how she raised them yet she criticizes the Colonel. "If I had been able,'' said she, "to carry my point of going to Brighton, with all my family, this would not have happened; but poor dear Lydia had nobody to take care of her. Why did the Forsters ever let her go out of their sight? I am sure there was some great neglect or other on their side, for she is not the kind of girl to do such a thing, if she had been well looked after. I always thought they were very unfit to have the charge of her; but I was over-ruled, as I always am. Poor dear child! And now 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? The Collinses will turn us out, before he is cold in his grave; and if you are not kind to us, brother, I do not know what we shall do.'' (Ch. 47)
THIS IS SOOOO CLEVER!!!!

Her genuine pleasure is shown about Jane's marriage. "My dear Mr. Bennet,'' cried his wife, "what are you talking of? Why, he has four or five thousand a year, and very likely more.'' Then addressing her daughter, "Oh! my dear, dear Jane, I am so happy! I am sure I shan't get a wink of sleep all night. I knew how it would be. I always said it must be so, at last. I was sure you could not be so beautiful for nothing! I remember, as soon as ever I saw him, when he first came into Hertfordshire last year, I thought how likely it was that you should come together. Oh! he is the handsomest young man that ever was seen!'' (Ch. 55)

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We compared Mrs. Bennet to Marie Barone from the modern TV series, Everybody Loves Raymond, because of the strikingly similiar personalities of the two mothers. Although Marie raises boys and Mrs. Bennet raises girls, they both bring there children up similiarly without much fatherly care. The fathers are present in each family, but they don't act as though they are. The mothers constantly try to get the husbands involved and to start caring but it ultimately fails. Both women go about caring for their children in the same way. Both are very outspoken, loud, and quite annoying about what they want. Marie is often found saying foolish and embarassing things infront of guests because she is trying to brag or flaunt her children, Raymond and Robert. This is just like Mrs. Bennet infront of Bingley and Mr. Collins trying to flaunt her daughters although she ultimately ends up making herself look foolish. Mrs. Bennet loves prying into her daughters life with men and setting hem up. Just like this Marie prys in her sons relationships with Robert and his girlfriends and Raymond and his wife Amy. She always picks out faults or trys to find something to make better about them. She never leaves them alone. Each mom has a nagging attitude towards everyone and bosses people around. It becomes almost overshadowed because of how often it occurs. The mothers both are driven by the care that they have for their children but express it in a way that their children find embarassing, overbearing, and unnecessary. Behind the annoyance the children have for their mothers, all know that it is just out of care and therefore always have respect for their mothers. The overbearing personalities that the women have are what make them stand out among other motherly characters throughout time.

Video of Marie prying into Robert's life and talking to him about marriage: