From the detailed and accurate 1990s BBC adaptation to the recent film, I think that Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has stood the test of time so far. Despite the fact that Austen writes and sets her novel in the early 1800s, some of the issues that it tackles- love, courtship, marriage and education- are still relevant today.
For those who still haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, I’ll give a quick outline of the story. Austen’s work is centered around the Bennett family, which consists of Mr and Mrs Bennett and their five daughters,Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia. When two bachelors, Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy, pay the town a visit Mrs Bennett is determined to get at least one of her daughters married.
The Victorian World
Austen gives her reader a snapshot of the Victorian world:balls in the country, exciting trips to London, humiliating scandals, and tea sipping feature in the novel. However, drawing from the customs and expectations of this society, Austen proceeds to challenge them from the beginning of the novel. The protagonist, Elizabeth, defies conventions and is portrayed as an intelligent, lively and witty individual. Nonetheless, Elizabeth learns and grows as an individual.
This novel is really good and easy to read. I think the characters are drawn well and I got to know the personality of all the five sisters. Austen’s writing style is witty and intelligent, a skill which enables her to observe the society around her and write a love story as well. There is drama in this book which might put some people off. But, I don’t think that Austen was over-the-top. She uses the right amount of drama, humor, commentary and love. Darcy and Elizabeth are brilliant characters, and although the former is not likable at first he develops; so does Elizabeth. Some parts of the novel are slow-paced,but this doesn’t put strain on the book as a whole. Pride and Prejudice is definitely one of my favourite books. If you’re looking for an intelligent story that intertwines love with humor, observation, sharpness, and morals have a read of this book.
Rating: 4.9 out of 5