Examine the Role of Mr Wickham and Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice

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In Pride and Prejudice, each character is trying to protect, or build a good reputation in the town for their family. Most of the Bennets have this in mind, and this is because due to Mr Bennet’s will, his daughters would have to find a husband. If the family did not have a good reputation then it would be very hard for the five girls to find husbands, therefore once their father died they would have to find a place of living elsewhere, and their cousin Mr Collins would be in receipt of Longbourn.

Throughout the whole novel, at social events may it be a ball or somebody has visited the Bennets, Jane and Elizabeth are both very conscious of what idea Mrs Bennet is giving to people of them, such as Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy. The Bennets are at quite a few social events that include possible husbands for the girls, and Mrs Bennet always seems to be at the extreme of an emotion. She is not portrayed as a calm character, and in this way is similar to her younger daughters Kitty and Lydia. Lydia was overwhelmed by the arrival of the soldiers, and was completely obsessed with them from the moment they arrived. She was very flirtatious around them, when she bumped into them in the village she was over friendly, and they enjoyed the company. Kitty, of course followed suit. She was influenced by her younger sister and both girls liked spending time with the Captains. This was good for the family name, as they were known for four of their daughters to be making good friends with the gentlemen. They were flirtatious and "...Catherine and Lydia had been fortunate enough never to be without partners, which was all that they had yet learnt to care for at a ball.”. This quote shows how carefree they are- nothing matters because they are too young to be needing to find a husband. It is also ironic, because little did they know that Lydia would soon be the first married out of all…...

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