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Pride and Prejudice is a classic for a reason! Chock-full of romance, class warfare, and conflict, I quickly fell in love with the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, for her wit and dry humor. While the story was slow in parts, the ending is a fantastic culmination of everything preceding it.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a classic romance novel. This book follows the Bennet family and more specifically Elizabeth Bennet. The Bennets live in a time where being married to a wealthy man is the best thing that a woman can do so Mrs. Bennet tries to find eligible bachelors for her daughters. One day a very eligible bachelor, Mr. Bingley moves in near them. When they introduce themselves to Mr. Bingley they meet Mr. Darcy, who is a friend of his. Elizabeth takes a quick disliking to him. But will the disliking turn into something more?
This is the first book I have read of Jane Austen’s and I pleasantly enjoyed it. I loved the plot of this book. It follows a traditional family and their experiences trying to fit into their world. But some parts of the book were boring and it felt like the author was dragging on for a long time. Next, I loved Elizabeth. She was a very different character especially for her time period, she was very outspoken, confident, and headstrong. I liked how she refused to like a man that was disrespectful towards her instead of falling for him. I feel like this was a very eye-opening character. By doing this it leads Darcy to have a huge character development which changes him for the better. Last, I loved the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. I liked how in the beginning they did not like each other very much but they eventually were able to change their opinions about each other.
In conclusion, this book is a classic and I think everyone should read at least one of Austen’s books. If you enjoyed Jane Eyre or The Great Gatsby I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy this book as well.
-Eunchae, Grade 10
I decided to reread P&P in preparation for some retellings, and what should I say... This is my fourth time reading the novel and it offers even more than what my fond memory retains!
I had been told that P&P was a manual of love and marriage, but this time, the book shone as a demonstration of the importance of self-knowledge.
If one examines the marital satisfaction of our characters from each’s own perspective, we will realize that the level of content directly correlates with that of self-awareness.
For instance, Lizzy knew that she valued mind over stability, and Charlotte the vice versa, so each made her decision accordingly and was happy with her choice. Mr.Bennet, on the other hand, had thought he enjoyed his wife’s vivacity but evidently underestimated his own need for patience and silence, which became the stem of his frustration (and then he tried to blame her for it).
Unfortunately, there were also a few characters whose need did not coincide with that of anyone else in the novel.
Mary, for example, knew that she and Mr.Collins could have been spiritually harmonious, but practicality, rather than harmony, had been the latter’s criterion for domestic felicity. We do not know whether Mr.Collins would look back years later, lonely in a marriage in which his partner enjoyed nothing more than banishing him to the garden, and regret not prioritizing spirituality. Perhaps. Perhaps not.
During this rereading, I was again struck by Lizzy’s wit, Jane’s kindness, Darcy’s gentility and Bingley’s sincerity, each genuine but imperfect in a different way. These characters are themselves lovable, but are made even more vivid by Austen’s language, which simultaneously soothes and stimulates. When I was a child, I used to cup water with my hands and just stare at it, fascinated by the invisible yet tangible substance. As Austen’s language flitted in the young sun during my morning drives, I found myself a child once more.
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is an interesting novel. I struggled a bit to understand its complex language, but later I was able to understand it. It focuses primarily on Elizabeth Bennet who learns the difference between superficial goodness in people versus actual goodness. The story revolves around the Bennet family as they try to get one of their daughters married off, while also featuring the social life of said family. It is a good book, and I would recommend it.
The story of Pride and Prejudice revolves around Mr. Bennett of Longbourn estate who has five daughters. His property is entailed, meaning that it can only be passed onto a male heir. Since he has five daughters, he does not have any proper inheritance. Thus, it is obvious that one of his daughters will have to marry well to support the rest of the family. This conflict is the main motivation which drives the plot of the story.
One of the most loved novels in the history of English literature, Pride and Prejudice explores themes of marriage, especially marriage for love, not for wealth or class.
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a witty, tried-and-true, romantic literature composition that encompasses the totality of romantic courtship, marriage, kinship and relations reminiscent of the Victorian Regency Era. The Bennetts are a thriving family with vivacious daughters Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Catherine and Lydia. Mr. Darcy is a somewhat arrogant, haughty but comely gentleman who spends the majority of the novel trying to successfully court the stubborn and light-hearted Elizabeth. Elizabeth is inquisitive, indecisive and curious, often maintaining she should proceed with caution in regards to admiration declarations from Mr. Darcy. Incredibly modest, at times she doubts her own magnetism yet readers learn Mr. Darcy appreciates her despite her insecurities, uncertainties and despite their minor, but notable, social class differences and differences in economic priviledge. She does not want to easily succumb to Mr. Darcy's advances and enjoys the thrill of denying Mr. Darcy's pining emotions, seeing it as somewhat of a fun, entertaining game but also as a necessity given her incessant questioning and her pursuit of a well-endowed, stable future life of domesticity. Jane Austen's deep character development, quest for articulation, emphasis on proper etiquette of the generation, vivid passage descriptions and quick-moving plot christen her a leading writer of English Literature during the Victorian Era. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a resounding classic with brash, temperamental characters who are so enthralled with one another they spend day by day ruminating on societal gossip, future liaisons and how these newly-formed unions literally have notable economic, social and psychological effects on their own reputations as well as of the country town they appreciate and as readers learn, truly love. - Review Written by Danielle
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is a classic book. It is about romance but it is also about what marriage was like back in the Regency era. I think the book is quite interesting because there are many twists in the plot. I also liked the ending because it was very satisfying. It may be a little challenging to understand at first because it is written in older English. The book would have been better if it was a bit more engaging at the beginning. It wasn’t until the end that I started to get hooked and wanted to continue reading. Overall, Pride and Prejudice is exciting with the twists but it may be a little hard to understand at first.
A slow burn, but a satisfying one. I was expecting to find more pride and more prejudice in Darcy and Elizabeth, but they turned out to be better people than they might have been set up to be, at least to a modern reader like myself. A memorable classic.
Pride and Prejudice Review
With strong opinions and morals of her own, Elizabeth Bennet has much to say about the world around her. And with the time of marriage nearing for the Bennet sisters, and a new resident in town, Elizabeth struggles to see what is good or bad, with her prejudice and other people’s pride. Starting with Elizabeth’s older sister, Jane Bennet, Elizabeth absolutely adores the relationship between her sister and the new resident in town, Charles Bingley, who is kind and polite towards everyone. He and Jane have built a strong relationship and it is hard to tell whether there will be any conflict between the two. Bingley’s friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy, on the other hand, has been taken in with a bad prejudice by Elizabeth, due to his rude manners, bad attitude, and overflowing pride. This leads to uncertain situations between the two and only time will tell what happens to the pair. With the drama going on between the two oldest Bennet sisters and the new men in their lives, the younger Bennet sisters chase after men of their own. However, the young girls have a hard time determining whether someone seems polite or actually is polite. The book takes turn after unexpected turn amongst the relationships of the characters, and comes to a very unforeseen ending. I really liked how the book took so many unexpected turns. Things I never even would’ve thought of came up and it fit so well with the idea and difference of pride and prejudice. The book definitely kept me on my toes.
A perennial favorite for a reason. Although I’m not a romance fan—at all(!), I love the slow burn of this vexing relationship. But what I love most is that in a time where women were completely dependent on their family or husband, Lizzy is fierce. She’s smart, quick, and knows her mind, and is a feminist before that was even a word. Mr. Darcy, even to his surprise, is quickly drawn to this lively and politely opinionated young woman, not for her looks, but because she is awesome!
It's a classic romance and a tasteful tense timeless period novel that will hook you on historical romance.
I love all Jane Austen's books and this one is a definite favourite! I see all copies in use - you can easily download this book for free online from Project Gutenberg as it's in the public domain.
To be honest the first chapter or two I could not stand it, it took me a long time to get past it. I didn't understand the plot or Darcy. At a certain moment I was hooked. The switch in gender roles from the father being the angry, abusive character to more a "motherly" character; caring, loving, and very protective. I liked how Austen took off the stereotypical features, it gave a whole different story back when it was written and still does. Lizzy's sister Jane seemed to be in a perfect match and Lizzy and Darcy had no connection at all. Austen had other plans. This book gave me a view of how women and men were treated differently and what they would have gone through or a day to day basis. This book is a fantastic love story. Subtle but ongoing and the connection is so strong! The interactions the characters had and how deep it was made me love it even more. A classical must read! Rating: 4/5
- @TreeHugger of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
One of the greatest books in the English language. What makes "Pride & Prejudice" so timeless is that we all know people like the cast of characters here; we all know a drama queen like Mrs. Bennet, an opinionated person like Elizabeth, a proud person like Darcy, an all-around good-natured person like Mr. Bingley, someone as sweet as Jane, as impetuous as Lydia, as practical as Charlotte, a suck-up like Mr. Collins, a slimeball like Wickham, someone as conceited as Lady Catherine, etc etc.
This is one of a few books on my Desert Island Keeper shelf and one I return to at least once per year because of the joy and comfort it brings me to read it. I first read P&P when I was 20, the same age as Elizabeth, and my appreciation for it has only grown.
I mean, is a comment even necessary? This is a classic story... makes me smile, makes me cry. What more can you ask for? Has a satisfying ending. It was a quick, easy read!
This book gave me a feeling of satisfaction after finishing it. I like it.
Forced to read this in High School, I did not appreciate it at the time. I was was drawn to the book after hearing about how the main character, Elizabeth was a very strong character, and was exemplified in two great examples of literary conversations. The first occurring when Elizabeth accepted a dance with Mr. Darcy whom she despised; The second when Elizabeth is rudely approached by lady of nobility, and delivers to this high standing woman one of the best smack-downs in the history of fiction. My second read of this classic was very enjoyable. I also recently watched the 1940 movie version of this starring Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier. The roles of Elizabeth's parents, portrayed by Edmund Gwenn, and Mary Boland was spot on, as if they walked out of the book.
Arguably the greatest love story among English novels, and by some estimates the most widely read novel in the English language. Jane Austen once remarked that if you didn't adore Elizabeth, she wouldn't even know how to talk to you. So true.
If you have never gotten into this book, you might want to try again. I started the book 2 or 3 times in the past, but the extreme wordiness always put me off. This time I persevered and after several chapters I caught the flow of the language. The wordiness actually disguises many clever insults and wry observations. It’s quite funny, really. Once I caught on to the language, I enjoyed the book quite a bit.
In case you don’t know much about *Pride and Prejudice*, it is a romantic comedy set among the decently well-off and the extremely wealthy families of England. The story concerns the Bennett family, who have five daughters and no sons. Consequently it is the object of their mother to see that they all marry well. The various potential lovers dance verbally with each other, much as they dance in the various balls they attend. A lot of the book’s entertainment is in the cast of odd characters, from the obsequious Mr. Collins to the dithery Mrs. Bennett and the haughty Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
Though I have seen the movie several times, I really am enjoying reading the book. Austin definitely was a Wordsmith, and I can't wait to finish
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Filled with Jane Austen's signature wit and cutting social commentary, it is so easy to see yourself in her characters and wish yourself in the story that this book requires not a yearly, but a bi-yearly reading. The only thing you'll be left wondering is "where can I find a man like Mr. Darcy?".
I thought I'd Hate this book. And man I was SO wrong. I read it in seventh grade over a period of about six weeks and Then I got to scream at the movie for being slightly different, but besides that, I had a blast reading it, laughing at it, and complaining about. It's such a surprising novel. It's got humor, it's got romance (duh) and it's just such a great classic for both guys and girls. It's amazing, so just stop reading this comment and go read this novel.