Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – A Review
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of the most famous novels in history. It is the second most popular Victorian book behind Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen herself. As such it is well-known and well loved by a vast number of people. But why is it so beloved? Well, it has all the hallmarks of a classic romance – a love story that’s romantic at the same time, an interesting plot, and of course characters that are interesting and original.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is primarily a novel about the intensions of matrimony. Elizabeth Bennet is the main protagonist in the story and she comes from an arranged marriage. The marriage itself comes under some kind of strain because both husband and wife have very different opinions about how their relationship should progress. In this book, the author weaves all of these threads into a very interesting and well-detailed yarn.
There are two primary settings in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – the village of Meryton in England and the countryside of Northover, Warwickshire. Both settings are interesting to say the least, and the author does a great job of blending them together. The village itself contains several interesting characters – the original bride of Mr. Bingley, Mr. Knightley, and of course Miss Watson, who also happens to be the sister of Mr. Bingley. There are also some rather amusing interactions between the several characters, which I found to be quite amusing.
The central character of Elizabeth Bennet is a very likeable character. She has strong opinions about her groom and about society in general, and as such is often shown as a character with a lot of flaws. Sometimes these flaws are played for humor, but most of the time they are revealed to be the fundamental person underneath the veneer of virtue that she presents to the reader. Her dislike for Miss Watson is one of the driving factors behind the story, as she feels she is a dishonest and shallow girl.
Mr. Bingley is another well-developed character. The relationship between him and Miss Watson is a bit complicated, but is built on friendship more than anything else. His feelings for Elizabeth are complex, and he does not even know what they are. This makes reading about their relationship very suspenseful.
The main theme of the entire book is marriage. Elizabeth is young, and in love with a boy, but Mr. Bingley wants her to marry him instead. There is some question as to whether or not she really wants to leave him, but eventually she does. Their wedding is a very traditional one, and is captured perfectly by the setting and the dress of the gown worn by the Bridesmaids. The book ends with Elizabeth holding both of her husbands’ hands as they make their way down the aisle.
This book has received many awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021. Jane Austen is one of the most beloved writers of all time, and this is a magnificent achievement by her. If you enjoy a classic story with romance, cleverness, and heart, then Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is something you must read.
The author talked extensively about the character of Elizabeth in an interview with the News Literary Agency. She discussed how the themes of the book resonated with many of her life experiences. In the end, Jane Austen lived many years after the death of her husband, and she was able to enjoy all the good and bad aspects of the experience.