How far do you agree with the view that Lady Catherine is simply a comic figure?

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How far do you agree with the view that Lady Catherine is simply a comic figure?
Lady Catherine is shown as a comical figure in Pride and Prejudice when Elizabeth refuses to
disclose her age to her. Lady Catherine is asking Elizabeth about her life and family and the
social state of family, whilst given her disapproving viewpoints on the answers Lizzie makes.
This makes her look a fool due to the fact that Elizabeth is confident and happy with the
answer she makes.
On her visit to Longbourne Lady Catherine tells Elizabeth to refuse Mr Darcy's hand in
marriage this makes Lady Catherine a comical character due to the fact that even after
Lizzie's visit to Rosings, she still thinks that she can still influence Lizzie to listen to her. Lizzie
refuses everything she says and then says `you have insulted me in every possible method'
this makes Lady Catherine look a fool due to the fact that she was giving her own points of
view on the situation but these points of view seem to contrast to Lizzie's. Because she is in
a higher social ranking Lady Catherine thinks she can have an effect on anyone else that is
lower in the classes than her.
However the Lady's character opens the reader's eyes to the extent of the social
importance at the time that the novel was written. Lady Catherine is shown as one of the
wealthiest people in the novel and her grandeur is shown to give the idea of how much
importance it has in the novel. Lady Catherine's approach to Lizzie also gives the reader a
viewpoint and impression on the way that Lizzie's characters approaches and deals with the
situation.
Overall I think that Lady Catherine shows herself to be foolish and this creates the idea of
her being a comical character. Her viewpoints and opinions on the Bennett's point out how
her snobbery has become the reason for Lizzie to dislike her.

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