What opinion do you have of Mr. Bennet as a father figure in Pride and Prejudice?

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On the whole, one could make the case that Mr. Bennet is a good father to his daughters. Having made a foolish decision to marry an equally foolish woman, he's been atoning ever since by ensuring that his daughters are properly brought up and ready to take their place in...

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On the whole, one could make the case that Mr. Bennet is a good father to his daughters. Having made a foolish decision to marry an equally foolish woman, he's been atoning ever since by ensuring that his daughters are properly brought up and ready to take their place in society. Despite his best efforts, however, Mr. Bennet isn't always successful in raising his daughters, as Lydia's elopement with Mr. Wickham testifies.

Nonetheless, he doggedly does his level best to prepare his daughters for the big old world outside, a world whose manifest absurdities he knows all too well. Although Mr. Bennet doesn't appear to have much time for the age-old customs of the so-called marriage market, he's still very much a man of his time and class. This means that whatever his own personal feelings on the matter, he needs to ensure that his daughters are married off to wealthy, eligible bachelors at the earliest opportunity. His own grave error in choosing such an unsuitable wife determines, to a large extent, his anxiety to make sure that his daughters won't make the same mistake.

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