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The importance of Mr Bennet and Mr Collins....

April 15, 2015 01:05PM
I am starting this separately to avoid further confusion with existing threads:

I am expressing an opinion (I very carefully state) that Mr Bennet and Mr Collins are two of the most important characters Jane Austen created and used. Both, despite being not in the hero class, bring a unique element into Pride and Prejudice not found (at least by me) in any of her other novels) That element is humour, the ability to make us smile. Mr Bennet, despite being seen as "bad daddy", himself sees humour in situations and also lets the reader smile at some of his dry statements eg, "When there are twenty, I'll visit them all". ....on Mrs Bennet's nerves..."You mistake me my dear, they have been my constant companions these twenty years" " “I admire all my three sons-in-law highly," said he. "Wickham, perhaps, is my favourite; but I think I shall like your husband quite as well as Jane's.” " I have not the peasuire of understanding you" “If he had any compassion for me' cried her husband impatiently 'he would not have danced half so much! For God's sake, say no more of his partners. Oh! that he sprained his ankle in the first dance!” etc, etc.

Mr Collins brings humour in his very stupidity, his embarrasing dancing, his pomposity, his almost "Uriah Heep" type servility, his high self opinion and his adoration of Lady Catherine all create situations that bring light moments into the story. Mrs Bennet too, in her silliness adds some humour, as does Lady Catherine's "If I had ever learned to be a human being I should have been a great proficient" but not with the same impact. We can get the odd laugh at characters in other stories, Walter Elliot's arrogance, self-love and his own servility towards Cousin Dalrymple, but all the other Austen works have much more "serioso" basics than P&P. The latter's charm owes much, IMO to Messrs Bennet and Collins. Without either the story may well not have quite the same appeal. Not everyone may agree, but I'd be interested to hear some views on this.
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Jim G.MApril 15, 2015 01:05PM

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JanetRApril 15, 2015 04:02PM

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Harvey S.April 16, 2015 09:55PM

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Jim G.MApril 16, 2015 10:30PM

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RedsonApril 19, 2015 01:49AM

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