​​​​​​Alex Naticchia, Liz Weiler, Sydney Martis, Brinley Stanovsek

Mr. Bennet
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*Character

  • Mr. Bennet- He is the head of the Bennet household and makes a good sum of money a year. He is married to Mrs. Bennet and together they have 5 girls. He uses his sarcastic humor to irritate his wife. Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Though he loves all of his daughters and hopes the best for all of them, Elizabeth is his favorite daughter. Additionally, Mr. Bennet has his downfalls as a parent because he tends to withdraw from the marriage situation.

*Quotes:


"Well, my dear," said Mr. Bennet, when Elizabeth had read the note aloud. "if your daughter should have a dangerous fit of illness, if she should die, it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr. Bingley, and under your orders." (Austen, 29)
-Spoken to his wife, Mrs. Bennet, about Jane's sickness

Analysis: Mr. Bennet is very sarcastic yet good tempered. He is down to earth and sees things realistically, much in contrast to his wife who often romanticizes and over analyzes situations. Mr. Bennet believes it is foolish for one to try to plan out the future and stress over silly details rather then letting them naturally unfold.
Mr. Bennet is calm, secure, and confident in his daughter Elizabeth especially, but feels that his girls are mostly still silly and immature; they listen to their mother's motives and intentions for them without much in depth thought. He is secure knowing the daughters will mature into marriageable ladies in time.

"You are over scrupulous surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying ehichever he chooses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little LIzzy. (Austen, 6)"
-Addressing Mrs. Bennet regarding the visit to Mr. Bingley

Analysis:​
This is one example of the sarcasm that Mr. Bennet uses on his wife. He satarizes the emphasis that is put on the situation of the Bennet girls meeting Mr. Bingley. Although his remark is quite satirical, it also shows how he wants the best for his girls and their future marriages. His partiality toward Elizabeth is also seen here as he addresses her by a nickname 'Lizzy' and says that he will put in a good word for her.



*Questions

1. How does Mr. Bennet use sarcasm as a way of reflecting his apathy?

2. What are the downsides and upsides of Mr. Bennet trying to not get involved in marriage situations?

3. Do you think that Mr. Bennet is a good man? Is he a good husband? Is he a good father? Explain.

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*TV Character

Mr. Bennet can be compared to Sam McGuire from the Disney Show "Lizzie McGuire". Like Mr. Bennet, Sam is a father who tends to stay out of the way. Just as Mr. Bennet doesn't like to be bothered too much about his daughter's marriages, Sam lets his wife take the reins with Lizzie's boyfriend troubles. Mr. Bennet uses books as an escape from his family's dramas, and Sam paints garden gnomes to escape from his. Also, Sam often does not listen to his wife or daughter's reasoning because he wants to be as uninvolved in a situation as possible. Mr. Bennet parallels this when he simply lets Lydia go to Brighton and ignores Elizabeth's warnings because he does not want to be bothered by Lydia. However, just as Mr. Bennet is witty and satirical, so is Sam, especially with his wife. Mr. Bennet uses witty sarcasm with his wife, specifically about the whole marriage issue. Sam does the same in regards to Lizzie's boy troubles with his wife, Jo. Though both characters seem to be "out-of-the-loop", they are both quite intelligent. Mr. Bennet shows this through constantly reading and witty remarks.