Author: Jane Austen
Country: United Kingdom
Pride and Prejudice, set in the 19th-century England, is the story of five sisters whose mother’s only will is to see them well married. It is through the eyes of Elizabeth, one of the oldest, that we get to see the lives of the families that sorround them, their manners, habits and morals. It is through her eyes as well, that we’re witnesses of how first impressions can so badly deceive us, and how different things can turn out to be.
For the first half (or maybe third part) of the book, I liked it a lot. I was in from the beginning, when the characters of Elizabeth’s parents were introduced. I loved the way Mr Bennet made fun of her wife whenever she started her chit chat about marriage and good manners, or just ignored her and got absorbed in his books. I was also fond of Elizabeth’s character because whe was different from her silly younger sisters and mother, and more like her father. Then Mr Darcy appeared on the scene and I thought him too awesome to be true (and I mean that in a good way). I just loved that character. I loved him because he thought society was frivolous, fake, and stupid, and didn’t mind showing those feelings. And I loved him because any dialogue in which he took part was amazing. His discussions with Elizabeth were the best! I was longing to read a lot more of these in the rest of the book, but then I started getting a bit disappointed. Darcy changed and he wasn’t so interesting anymore. Readers, I guess, are supposed to like him even more after that change, but that was not my case. I missed the old Darcy with all my heart, and that’s mainly why I say I loved the first part of the book and not all of it. The rest just felt like chick lit of the nineteenth century to me, and I often wondered whether there wasn’t anything else in it apart from a bunch of people willing to get married. I’m probably being too harsh, but seriously, I didn’t like the second half of the book that much.
Apart from seeing Pride and Prejudice as a work of literature, we can see it as an opportunity to learn more about the time when it was written. It is interesting to compare that society to the one in which we live. We can find many things which sound absolutely ridiculous to us now. For instance, taking as absolutely normal that a couple marries only days after meeting for the first time, or considering that being tanned is something ugly. Nevertheless, there are many other things that remain the same, and we can see ourselves mirrored in certain situations or characters. Isn’t it amazing that we find those similarities two hundred years after the book was published? They might in fact be one of the reasons why Pride and Prejudice as become a timeless classic.
Though as I mentioned before, I didn’t like the ending of the book, I still think it is worth-reading. First, because it is really popular and referred in many other works, what may make you lose a lot if you don’t read it. Second, because it is remarkable how, through some of her characters, Jane Austen managed to make fun of her own society. And finally, because it is a portal to another time and place that you may otherwise never experience. ☼
– Written by GuadiRC –