Sarah Mejia, Alyssa Pasternak and Chelsea Kidwell

Mrs. Bennet


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Character description
  • extremely talkative
  • her life's goal is to get her daughters married off
  • never knows when to hold her tongue
  • does not show the proper respect due to rank
  • foolish, stuborn, and just generally annoying
  • insensitive. She talks constantly about Bingley, despite the fact that it greatly pains Jane.
  • overly dramatic. She is constantly teling and retelling the story of what happened to Jane, trying to get sympathy and attention for herself.
  • only hears what she wants to hear. Lizzy tells her again and again why Mr. Bingley may have left, but Mrs. Bennet always manages to forget by the next day.


"In vain did Elizabeth endeveavor to check the rapidity of her mother's words, or persuade her to describe her felicity in a less audible whisper...Nothing that she could say, however, had any influence" (Page 87) Mrs. Bennet's lack of manners at Mr. Bingley's ball and dinner caused her to appear rude and arrogant. Mrs. Bennet spoke of nothing else but Jane's future engagement, Mr. Bingley's fortune, and her joy that Jane will be able to financially take care of her sisters. She also spoke of throwing the rest of her daughters at the feet of rich men so they too could marry "so greatly." It appears that Mrs. Bennet cares of nothing but raising her daughters' fortunes and social statuses with rich husbands.

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The film, Bend It Like Beckham, introduces its audience to Mrs. Bharma. Mrs. Bharma’s daughter, Jess, plays soccer and refuses to wear traditional Indian saris or makeup. Like Mrs. Bennett, it is Mrs. Bharma’s dream to have her daughter marry a rich, handsome young man. She continually tries to persuade her daughter to search for a “proper” husband and change her appearance. Mrs. Bharma’s life consists of searching for possible husbands for Jess and demanding she learn traditional home-making skills. Mrs. Bharma also claims that a young woman must act aloof and charmingly pleased in the company of Indian men to intrigue their interest. Jess’s sister was also engaged to a wealthy man that loved her, like Jane, but his family did not approve of the Bharma family and so they broke the engagement. Mrs. Bharma went into a deep confusion, like Mrs. Bennett when Mr. Bingley ceased all communication with Jane. Jess’s older sister falls into a deep depression at the loss of her true love. Like Jane, she is kind hearted and despite not showing her emotions vividly, her general jovial demeanor is down casted. The mother, Mrs. Bharma is also briefly wounded about the break off of the engagement, but is more concerned with reuniting the proposal than comforting her distraught daughter. Like Mrs. Bennett, her primary goal is to get her eldest daughter married, not for her daughter to be happy.