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Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice portrays its characters in many different lights There is a wide range of backgrounds and personalities of the people within the novel and also a wide range of character development The use of flat characters in Pride and Prejudice is primarily to show consequences of having a flat undeveloped personality such as leading a dull and boring life being miserable throughout marriage not getting what is desired from life and being a social outcast Getting married was a top priority for most every character in Pride and Prejudice It was no surprise when Mr Collins asked Charlotte to be his wife she accepted without hesitation Charlotte had never shown any signs of love or sweet emotion towards him and she was never really interested in any prospect of marriage Therefore we are led to believe that Charlotte married Mr Collins just to be married There was no love shared prior to their marriage and after they were married they led a pretty dull life and had generally the same schedule day after day This couples development is limited by phasing them out of the novel There is not much said about the Collins after they marry Austens use of Mr Collins and Charlotte as flat characters is to show that marrying just to be married can lead to an unhappy life and to show the importance of marrying for love Although the Collins lead a dull life Mr Bennet has the opportunity not to There is plenty to keep him occupied with having five daughters and possibilities of marriage proposals This however is not a concern of Mr Bennet First he never seemed interested in pursuing a fatherly role towards his daughters This is evident when Lydia turns out like she does and marries Wickham Secondly he is not interested in being a husband to Mrs Bennet There is no affection shown towards Mrs Bennet at any point throughout the
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