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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is one of the classic stories that never goes out of popularity amongst English writers, students and literature fans. First publish by Jane Austen in 1813 Pride and Prejudice is the story of the five Bennet sisters in their quest (or more their mother’s quest) for a suitable marriage match in overcoming the issues of society and class in 19th Century England. The story follows the love lives of the Bennet sisters Jane, the eldest, more kinder and pretty of the five. Elizabeth, the second eldest and the main character of the story, whose wit and beauty she uses to her advantage to find herself a match. Mary, the lover of music and the quietest and more plainer looking of the five and Lydia and Kitty, whose flirtatious behaviour often causes great embarrassment to the elder sisters and family and are referred to by their father as the ‘silliest girls in all England.’. As the book begins we are told by Mrs Bennet, a gossiper and self-confessed match maker, that a new gentleman of great fortune and wealth has return to the county of Hertfordshire, Mr Bingley. Mrs Bennet exclaims how she will try to get Mr Bingley to fall in love with Jane, thus making her a great match which will secure the fortunes of the family whose money and property, without a son, will pass to the Bennet’s self-important cousin Mr Collins. At the first of many balls to feature in the book Bingley arrives with his sister and none other than the infamous character of Mr Darcy, who is captivated by Elizabeth’s ‘fine eyes’, but considers himself too noble to even consider her a decent match for him. Thus we see the reason behind the title Pride and Prejudice. The rest of the book follows the relationships between Jane and Bingley and Elizabeth and Darcy, through countless balls, gatherings and parties we see the various relationships of the characters both blossom and wilt, with many twists and turns along the way. Pride and Prejudice is a great read, and one of those stories which if you haven’t had the chance to read in the past you should at least know the story line. If you are not a great fan of reading, or just have too many books on your reading list to add another to it, there are many really good adaptations of the book on DVD which are really true to the book and the writing of Austen and worth looking at. I would thoroughly recommend this book, as it is still captivating and funny to this day, which says a lot about the writing and storytelling skills of Austen.



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