Mr Bingley and his sisters

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  • Mr Bingley and his sisters
    • Bingley is a strong contrast to Darcy
      • Unlike Darcy he makes a good first impression, everyone is delighted by his politeness and "unaffected manners", he isn't snobby or prejudiced, when his sisters laugh at the Bennet sisters he says "if they had unlces enough to fill all cheapside... it wouldn't make them one jot less agreeable
      • No mystery to Bingley, completely open about feelings, Like Jane has no major flaws so he doesn't change through the novel
      • Modest and trusting, so likable but weak. He believes Darcy's claim that Jane doesn't love him instead of sticking to his own opinion and fighting for the woman he loves
      • Handsome, rich and kind he is too good to be realistic. Represents ideal traits of husband but character not developed enough to be convincing or lifelike
      • Bingley is KIND - "Giving housekeeper directions that every possible attention must be paid to the sick lady" and ENTHUSIASTIC- "Bingley had never met with more pleasant people or prettier girls in his life"
    • Sisters are snobbish and superficial
      • Mrs Louisa Hurst and Miss Caroline Bingley are "conceited" and class conscious "snobby"
        • Ironic as their wealth isn't respected like Mr Darcy's
      • Austen uses sisters to reveal the hypocrisy of class prejudices
        • Their father made his fortune through "trade", so it is ironic that they look down up the Bennet sisters for their middle class relations
        • Represent the superficial aspects of the upper class. they are "very fine ladies" - educated and fashionable- but unkind and two-faced, eg they do their best to separate their brother from their "dear friend" Jane, even though it will make them unhappy
        • She uses them to satirise society
      • Miss Bingley tries to flirt with Darcy which leads to some comical scenes as her flattery is ridiculous
        • Providing a contrast to E who talks to Darcy as an equal and challenges him. Ironically it's Miss Bingleys criticisms of E that make Darcy admit how much he likes her

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