In Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice', the character of Mrs. Bennet is seen as a rather bothersome mother desperately trying to marry her daughters off. However, her concern of her daughters' marriages is within reason in the restricted and patriarchal society they live in. Being their mother, Mrs. Bennet has the right to think that her wishes would be respected. Not only would her daughters' future dignity and status be at risk if they do not make a good marriage, but also the forthcoming security of the family's property, fortune and well-being.
First of all, it is common knowledge that respect and obedience should always be paid to parents. Mrs. Bennet is her daughters' mother. She is much more experienced in matters of marriage and life than her children. She has knowledge of how to survive and even live with sufficient comfort in the society, which is shown through her resourcefulness of the incidences in her surroundings and knowing how to defend herself.
"Yes, indeed," cried Mrs. Bennet, offended by his manner of mentioning a country neighbourhood. "I assure you there is quite as much of that going on in the country as in town." (Chap 9)
She would want what is best for herself and her children, therefore she expects her daughters to understand this and do as she commands.
Also, it is practically an obligation in the world of 'Pride and Prejudice' for women to marry. Those who do not should have an adequate amount of establishment or the ability to make one herself. Most ladies choose the first option, aiming for high to middle class gentlemen, even if 'happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance' (Chap 6). Men like Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, receive much excitement and visitors on their arrival in the...