Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice book cover
Start Your Free Trial

In Pride and Prejudice, could Lady Catherine de Bourgh be considered an aristocratic version of Mrs. Bennet?

Expert Answers info

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2008

write5,648 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Business

Lady Catherine de Bourgh shares a few similarities with Mrs. Bennet in that both women want to marry off their daughters, they want to marry them well, and they do share the same preoccupation that, being mothers of females, their daughters will never attain social equality nor any form of advancement unless they are married to someone who can make them come to some property, and status.

However, they are not as similar in that Lady Catherine seems vindictive just for the sake of class, while Mrs. Bennet's main source of concern or detestation for the aristocracy comes only through her personal dislike towards Darcy. Darcy, however, earned this specific dislike from Mrs. Bennet because he was doing everything in his power to become disliked.

Hence, both women have same social preoccupations but Lady Catherine is by far less like-able than Mrs. Bennet-although Mrs. Bennet is not exactly a character that we could tolerate reading about as a main character in any story for her tendency to talk too much, too loud, and for being so obnoxious.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

lmetcalf eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2004

write1,941 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

While Lady Catherine and Mrs. Bennet come from two very different...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 572 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial