The Bennets

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  • The Bennets
    • Mrs Bennet
      • irrational
      • overemotional
        • "my poor nerves"
      • loveless marraige
        • over compensating
        • Mr Bennet's main source of amusement
      • suggestable
        • Mr Bennet's main source of amusement
      • hysterical
    • Mr Bennet
      • detached from family (poor as a father figure)
      • considers himself superior to the majority of those around him
        • exasperated by his family
          • detached from family (poor as a father figure)
        • keeps out of emotional matters
          • prides himself on his sense and rationality
          • contributes to his poor parenting
            • this has consequences (Lydia and WIckham)
              • keeps out of emotional matters
                • prides himself on his sense and rationality
                • contributes to his poor parenting
                  • this has consequences (Lydia and WIckham)
        • loveless marraige
      • Elizabeth
        • prides herself on sensibility and rationality
          • difficulty recognising her emotions cloud her judgement
          • considers her own judgement to be above average
        • quick to judge people
        • scornful of those she considers beneath her
          • considers her own judgement to be above average
        • intelligent
        • intellectual
        • quick-witted
        • critical of avarice, hysteria, and other traits Austen lampoons
          • viewpoint closest to Austen's own
      • Jane
        • optimist
        • sees the best in people no matter what
          • BUT isn't naive about it
        • gentle-spirited
        • strives to be good and see the good in others
        • acts as a foil for Elizabeth in many ways
      • Lydia
        • hysterical
        • egotistic
        • overexcited by a naive, childish view of love
        • thinks highly of herself
        • acts only for herself - resents older sisters simply for being older
      • Mary
        • lacks Austen's praised qualities, but strives for them
        • the 'black sheep' of the family - although they are all very different personalities
        • very much caught up in attempts to impress everyone around her
      • Kitty (Catherine)
        • very similar to Lydia
        • jealous
          • when Lydia goes to Brighton without her
        • largely led astray by Lydia
          • lacks sense of self / self-reliance

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