Book review of Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen’s most famous novel Pride and Prejudice was published in the year 1813 . Now more than two centuries and several adaptations later, the novel still continues to rule hearts all around the globe.
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are some of the most celebrated literary characters in the history of English literature. In a world where marriage was considered to be the ultimate goal and aim for any woman, she gave us the badass Elizabeth Bennet. Elizabeth Bennet, who is strong, confidante and takes no nonsense from anyone. She refuses to marry for the sake of money and social stature. Not one to wait for her knight in shining armour, Elizabeth is fierce and independent and gives back as good as she gets.
There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.
And then we have Mr. Darcy. Who can ever come close to him? Readers like him from the beginning even when he is rude. However he completely wins them over when his love for Elizabeth compels him to woo her in the most awkward manner ever. He couldn’t stay away from her even when he thinks they are not suitable.
In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
Instead of the fairy tale Prince Charming who marries the heroine only after she magically changes her appearance, we have a real hero, with human flaws and failing, who changes himself for the better to win the love of his beloved.
I hoped to obtain your forgiveness, to lessen your ill opinion, by letting you see that your reproofs had been attended to.
Be it a sarcastic, witty and uninterested father, or a mother whose sole aim is to marry away her daughters, all of Austen’s characters are etched beautifully. From dialogues to settings, Austen handles everything perfectly.
Pemberly, Longbourn and Netherfield Park, the fictional places in the novel have become places people actually want to visit in real life, something akin to famous “fictional” tourist destinations.
And amidst parties, balls, dances and marriage proposals, we have a love story like no other. With misunderstandings begin Elizabeth and Darcy’s love story. Darcy’s feelings towards Elizabeth changes from not handsome enough to tempt me to a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman quite rapidly. And Elizabeth’s you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry becomes we are to be the happiest couple in the world. Elizabeth’s and Darcy’s romance is what readers all around the world yearn for.
In a society where marriages are fixed according to social status, Elizabeth and Darcy defy all rules to be with each other. Keeping aside their pride and prejudices, they find true love.
In Pride and Prejudice, Austen gave us a novel which would forever remain close to our heart. Most of all, a story in which we could lose ourselves whenever we want. An escape route from our mundane life. Most noteworthy, a novel so bewitching that that one likes to read it again and again. And with every read, one can find something new. Austen gave us a story and characters for which we would always be thankful to her.
Pride and Prejudice first edition cover
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