Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A true classic, Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular books of English literature. It is a given read for high school students and a delight for the intellectuals. But I wondered, why is it a classic? What gives it that high rank? I believe it to be because it is still enjoyed by thousands, regardless of it being written almost two hundred years ago. The battle of the wits, meaning and scorn of marriage, and, of course, romantic development between boy and girl, are the main themes of this book and have entertained audiences for hundreds of years and will continue to do so for many more. I, too, was at first reluctant to read this book: full of Jane Austen’s difficult vocabulary, I believed I wouldn’t understand a word of it, much less enjoy it. But I was proven wrong: it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long while.

When news arrives that two young men, Bingley and Darcy, are coming to town, the Bennet’s are delighted. It is a chance for at least some of the five daughters to be married! At the dance, they find out that Bingley is a charming young man but that Darcy is appallingly proud and awfully unsocial. Elizabeth, the second daughter of the Bennet’s, makes a point of not liking him, but Darcy is intrigued by her cleverness and wit. And so ensues a battle between Darcy and Elizabeth, lots of other people, and the 19th Century England.

I really liked this book and Jane Austen’s language makes it so unique! I give it 9 stars. Read away!

K

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