Mary and Kitty Bennet

Eric Weber, Ryan O'Neill, Rachel Novario

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Catherine "Kitty" Bennet is the fourth Bennet sister, age seventeen. She is portrayed as a less headstrong but just as silly shadow of Lydia. Kitty is the fourth daughter, between Mary and Lydia. She seems happy in her role as Lydia's sidekick; always following her sister around. Because of constantly being in her sister's shadow, she has become almost as vain and stupid as Lydia. She is jealous of the attention Lydia gets as their mother's favorite.
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Mary Bennet is the only "plain" Bennet sister, and loves to read. She works hard for knowledge and accomplishment, but has neither genius nor taste. Mary is one of those people who think they’re very intelligent and would like to tell you all about it. Mary is the middle child and lacks Jane’s beauty, Elizabeth’s sense and wit, and Kitty and Lydia’s obsession with military officers. She’s a bit of the odd girl out in the family, and she deals with it by trying to claim the intellectual realm as her own. Unfortunately, she’s not very good at it and winds up simply annoying everyone.

Quotes


Chapter 2
"Kitty has no discretion in her coughs," said her father; "she times them ill." "I do not cough for my own amusement," replied Kitty fretfully
-Kitty is not the youngest sister, and she is not the oldest either; as a result, she is continuously overlooked and downplayed by her family. This quote shows how her father finds kitty to be cute and adorable, and waves off her coughs as nothing important. Kitty is constantly treated like this and is tired of not being acknowledged as a woman, as her older sisters are. Catherine wishes she was older so this problem would fade away with her childhood.
Chapter 12
"They found (The Bennets) Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough bass and human nature, and had some new extracts to admire, and some new observations of threadbare morality to listen to."
-Mary is the "outcast" of the Bennet sisters. She is so immersed in her studies and readings, but longs to be accepted and well-liked in society like her sisters are. She is constantly struggling to get out of her sisters' shadows and be her own person, but she does not know how to. Mary relies heavily on her knowledge because she lacks a unique and interesting personality.

Discussion Questions
1. What influence does Lydia have on Kitty, seeing as Kitty acts as Lydia's sidekick? Also, why do you think Kitty feels the need to follow Lydia?
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Question 1 response mofeller mofeller 0 122 Mar 25, 2010 by mofeller mofeller
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2. Why do you think Mary is so anti-social?
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3. Between Mary and Kitty, who do you think is more likely to find a match and why?
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Question 1 response mofeller mofeller 0 122 Mar 25, 2010 by mofeller mofeller
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Question 2 reply sarah.mejia sarah.mejia 0 132 Mar 24, 2010 by sarah.mejia sarah.mejia


Modern Character To Whom Mary Bennet is comparable...
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Mark Baker, of the Cheaper by the Dozen movies and books.
Mark, also called "FedEx" and "Nature Boy" by his siblings, is the middle child of the Baker family, consisting of 12 children. Unlike most of his siblings, he is not very athletic or particularly talented in an activity (i.e.-music, singing, sports, etc.). This makes Mark similar to Mary Bennet because just as Mark cannot seem to find his own little niche in his own family, neither can Mary because she lacks the beauty, wit, and social skills that her other sisters possess. Just as Mary is so engrossed in her studies and reading, Mark is very interested in nature and animals, especially frogs. Mark always finds himself in awkward situations but trying to avoid trouble. Even though he may get in to some strange situations, this quiet and sweet boy has his heart going in the right place. This is also similar to Mary Bennet because while she may come off as pompous and "all-knowing" sometimes, she only acts that way in order to try and make a name for herself and step out of all her sisters' shadows. Both characters are just longing for acceptance and try different ways to achieve that acceptance.

Modern Character To Whom Kitty Bennet is comparable...
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Jan Brady of the popular television show, "The Brady Bunch"

Jan is the middle girl in the Brady family. She often has trouble finding her role in the family and in her life. In order to find some sort of purpose, she strives to be like her older sister, Marcia. She sees Marcia as prettier and much more talented than herself and wishes to live up to those standards. She sees Marcia as everyone's favorite, and aspires to be her equal. This causes a sort of vain jealousy of her sister, and causes Jan to live in Marcia's shadow. This is very similar to Kitty and Lydia. Kitty follows around Lydia and tries to imitate her. Kitty is a middle child and has trouble finding her identity. Instead of creating her own, she adopts Lydia's personality and follows her around. Just as Jan is jealous of Marcia, Kitty is jealous of Lydia. This is because Lydia seems to be their mother's favorite. Whenever Lydia goes to flirt with officers, Kitty is seen tagging along.

Modern Character to whom Kitty Bennet is Comparable...

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Dewey From 'Malcom in the Middle'
Dewey is the youngest of four brothers, and Dewey almost constantly finds himslef without a niche in the family. With the oldest brother (Francis) being the parent's favorite, the second oldest brother (reese) being the goodlooking/popular one, and the last brother (Malcom) being the brains of the family, Dewey constantly finds himself in need of a place in his house, and can never correctly and comfortably settle into a catagory as his siblings have done.Kitty is very similar to Dewey in the sense that niether of them have definitive roles, and both of them almost feel dwarfed by thier siblings superior and concrete roles in their family.