In difesa della signora Bennet

A Defense of Mrs Bennet, scritto da Jean Main-Reade
Mrs Bennet ed Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen NewsIn Orgoglio e pregiudizio, e in ogni fase, schermo e adattamento fanfic, la signora Bennet è un personaggio comico. È stata fatta per essere derisa, prima da suo marito e poi da milioni di lettori. In effetti, vediamo una donna dalla testa vuota e ignorante. "Il compito della sua vita era sposare le sue figlie. Il conforto era la visita e le notizie". Guarda la prima metà in isolamento. Lavorando per ottenere mariti per le sue figlie, sostengo che la signora Bennet fosse una premurosa, coscienziosa madre.
 
La proprietà di Longbourn era implicata e in caso di inadempienza degli eredi il maschio sarebbe tornato al signor Collins. La signora Bennet non era abbastanza intelligente da capire il funzionamento di una complicazione, ma certamente capiva quale sarebbe stato il destino delle sue figlie se il padre fosse morto prima che avessero acquisito i mariti per mantenerle.
 
I romanzi di Jane Austen portano a casa questo punto. In Senso e sensibilità, La famiglia Dashwood è stata costretta a ridurre le circostanze dalla morte del signor Dashwood. In Emma, La signora e la signorina Bates sarebbero morte di fame se non fosse stato per la generosità dei loro vicini. In Mansfield ParkLa signora Price si è sposata, ma la sua scarsa scelta di marito significava che lei ei suoi figli dovevano vivere in povertà.
 
Quando Charlotte Lucas annunciò il suo fidanzamento, Elizabeth fu inorridita e non trattenne la sua disapprovazione. Penso che sia stato ingiusto. Charlotte aveva "circa ventisette anni" ed era semplice. Elizabeth aveva vent'anni ed era carina. Charlotte aveva affrontato la possibilità di dipendere dai suoi fratelli in futuro. Il suo stato di single ha ritardato l'uscita delle sue sorelle. Le ragazze Bennet più giovani non furono influenzate in questo modo poiché la signora Bennet sfidò le convenzioni e portò fuori tutte le sue figlie presto. Quando ci rendiamo conto che Charlotte preferiva la vita con Mr Collins alla zitella, penso che questo illustri quello che Cecily Hamilton ha definito come "il destino di ogni donna non nata un'ereditiera".
 
Dovremmo dare alla signora Bennet ciò che le è dovuto. Non era più dalla parte degli angeli di suo marito? Di fronte alla possibilità di pre-decedere sua moglie, tutto ciò che ha detto è stato "Mia cara ... speriamo in cose migliori. Lusingiamoci che io possa essere il sopravvissuto". Per dirla in un altro modo "Sto bene, Jack".
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Informazioni sull'autore: Jean vive a Truro e, tra la scrittura di articoli per la stampa locale e il volontariato come presentatrice alla radio della comunità e dell'ospedale, sta lavorando a un entusiasmante progetto di scrittura sulla vita dell'ex residente di Falmouth che viveva nel 1800.

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beatriceparvin@yahoo.co.uk
Thanks for this – just my sentiment. For the time, she is doing her very best for her daughters’ future while Mr Bennett seems to have given up all responsibility. She is reduced to gossip and one-upmanship of other women [one-upwomanship !] because that is a necessity in the highly competitive marriage market of the time. You could read her manipulation of ‘her nerves’ as a tool for the only power she has: her delicate femininity. Saying that, I do feel Lydia and Kitty could have done with some boundaries!

Beatrice Parvin marzo 03, 2021

Mrs Bennett annoyed me originally (and in ways still does) but coming from a family of five girls myself and looking at it from her perspective, living in that period , it must have been a huge worry for her making sure her daughters had a secure future. Their estate entailed away from them angered her and quite rightly. In those days and within their background finding husbands with some financial security for them would have been a goal for most mother’s. She at least realistically saw the future should the worst
have happened. I did love Alison Steadman’s line to Lizzie’s impatience “five more minutes will do the trick” and it did!

Margie novembre 15, 2020

Mrs Bennett annoyed me originally (and in ways still does) but coming from a family of five girls myself and looking at it from her perspective, living in that period , it must have been a huge worry for her making sure her daughters had a secure future. Their estate entailed away from them angered her and quite rightly. In those days and within their background finding husbands with some financial security for them would have been a goal for most mother’s. She at least realistically saw the future should the worst
have happened. I did love Alison Steadman’s line to Lizzie’s impatience “five more minutes will do the trick” and it did!

Margie novembre 15, 2020

I love this article. Upon first reading P&P, I saw Mrs Bennet as a very silly woman. But years later, after hearing other opinions, I have come to the same conclusion. Mrs. B. was doing her duty and taking care of her daughters’ future. I still laugh at her silliness but I don’t have quite the condescending attitude I previously held.

nmlumber7 luglio 26, 2020

I never thought of that before, but you’re absolutely right. Mrs. Bennett was the one looking out for her daughters’ future. Mr. Bennett was kind of useless.

mousiemom luglio 26, 2020

I also absolutely agree. Obviously I thought really hard about all the characters when I was writing What Kitty Did Next (Red Door Publishing; and on this website) and Mrs B is a pivotal character both in my novel and Kitty ‘s development. It was indeed the business of her life to get the girls married, as it was for any dedicated mother in those days. She may have got on her daughters’ nerves (what’s changed, who has teenage daughters? ) but she did her best, with no help from Mr B, who may well have married in haste and repented at leisure but was a pretty absent father in most ways. Mrs B was a nag but she was good humoured and well meaning. And she has given us all a lot of laughs. In the novel of course and via Alison Steadman’s wonderful portrayal.

Duchess of Albany luglio 26, 2020

Mrs. Bennet was looking out for her daughters of course, but she also wanted to make Lizzy marry a man she despised, which is taking things a little too far in my opinion. I think a person can be happier in a cottage with the people they love than in a palace with no one to love or respect. Certainly though, she was doing more for them than Mr. Bennet.

Regency Girl luglio 26, 2020

This was a delightful read. I want to hear more from the writer… This was well written.

triplelbooks luglio 26, 2020

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