Book Title/Author: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Publisher/Year: October 2014 by Random House UK’s Vintage Classics edition (first published January 1813)
Genre: Classic, Historical Fiction, Romance, Literature
“When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr. Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, and love—Jane Austen’s classic romance novel.” (Goodreads)
There is nothing that I can say about Jane Austen’s Price and Prejudice that has not already been said, but I will still state my opinion and encourage you to read this classic.
I believe the success of this novel is due to the vast variety of characters, all of which were well developed. What I mean by this is that there were no one-dimensional characters, not even those who were secondary characters. Everyone played their part and because of the way Austen developed the characters you were sure to have an opinion about each and every one. And oh boy do I have opinions about Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Collins, and Wickham — but I will not express those opinions here because I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
My favourite character should come as no surprise: Elizabeth Bennet. Elizabeth is a remarkable and relatable character, even though this takes place back in the 1800’s, she is aware of her rank and social standing, in a time where social standing was of the utmost importance, but does not let this stand in her way of standing up for herself, her beliefs, and her family. She makes her opinion known, but not in a self-righteous or rude way, and treats others equally, without regard to their station. The best part to Elizabeth’s character — which also speaks to Austen’s ability to create a well-rounded character — is that Elizabeth is aware of her own shortcomings/flaws and doesn’t shy away from them.
This book is loaded with subtle humor, which I think is a large contributing factor to what makes the characters as endearing as they are. Take Mr. Collins, for example, a daft, tiny man with a big ego and sense of entitlement, but every word and action that he does still has some level of hilarity to it. You just want to roll your eyes when he enters the room.
Then there is the slow-burn romance between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy! Never have I flip-flopped between liking a character to being so annoyed with the same character to this magnitude in any other book I’ve read. And it was intentionally written that way so that the reader would empathize with Elizabeth. By the end, I too am deeply infatuated with Mr. Darcy (swoons).
I highly recommend reading Pride and Prejudice and I cannot wait to read more from Jane Austen. (This is my second Austen novel).
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”