Review: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

For the love of books

Pride and Prejudice is considered to be Jane Austen’s masterpiece and a true classic.  It is a witty, satirical work of fiction, and Austen’s heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, is feministic enough for the late eighteenth century that she boldly refuses to marry for convenience.

Independent and strong-willed, Elizabeth is an unusual woman for her contemporary world, being also outspoken and determined to not be satisfied with whatever match her family finds for her.  Her abhorrence of Mr. Darcy is based on a misunderstanding, but not exactly prejudice.  Numerous arguments and confrontations between these two central characters strongly prove their intense dislike for each other, while the reader gets to witness some intelligent and eloquent disputes.  It is a surprise for Elizabeth and the audience to endure Darcy’s confession of love, but it is interesting to see Darcy’s growing respect for Elizabeth’s intelligence transform the story into a romance.

Austen’s eloquence and her perception of human temperament are reasons enough for reading Pride and Prejudice.  However, her characters are riveting to study, and Elizabeth’s family is a unique assortment that is no exception.  For example, Mr. Bennet, Elizabeth’s father, obviously is unhappy and bored in his marriage, so he frequently turns from his family life to submerge himself in his books.  Like her husband, Mrs. Bennet understands the numerous restrictions on women, but her good intentions are masked by her silly behavior, which is not only embarrassing to her daughters but also ridiculous to everyone else.  Her five daughters, including the sensible Elizabeth, are very diverse as well.  Overall, while Pride and Prejudice may be monotonous at times, it is humorous and rewarding.

Original review: An iconic romance that originated from a brave author’s imagination, Examiner.com

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