RE: Discussion questions – Pride and Prejudice: Giving special attention to Wickham, Charlotte Lucas
- Giving special attention to Wickham, Charlotte Lucas, and Elizabeth, compare and contrast male and female attitudes toward marriage in the novel.
- Discuss the relationship between Mrs. Bennet and her children, especially Elizabeth and Lydia.
- Compare and contrast the Bingley-Darcy relationship with the Jane-Elizabeth relationship.
- Compare and contrast the roles of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mrs. Bennet.
2.Discuss the relationship between Mrs. Bennet and her children, especially Elizabeth and Lydia.
Mrs. Bennet is was not the best mother we can think of in literature. She had a tendency to whine and not fix, to demand and not support, and to complaint excessively in the hopes that her daughters would be have as she wanted them to, in order to land themselves a good husband. Like many mothers over the centuries, Mrs. Bennet failed to understand that her daughters’ world was a different world than the one she grew up in, and this problem was exacerbated by Elizabeth, who is more like her father than any of the other girls. As we see, Mrs. Bennet doesn’t understand Mr. Bennet at all. Mrs. Bennet loves Lydia more than Elizy because she is a foolish and frivolous woman as her mother.