Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813, although Jane Austen had written it 1797. This was at a time when women were expected to stay at home and just be a pretty face, not think for themselves, and not involve themselves in work. Even when Pride and Prejudice was finally published in 1813, Austen’s name did not appear as the author of the book, and in fact, Austen was never given credit for being the author of any of her works while she was alive. I’m pretty sure this is the third time I have read this book, but I hadn’t read it in quite a while. I had forgotten how much I love it.
love this book because I love the characters. A few of them really work my nerves, but I still love how well-written they are. Elizabeth is my favorite because she is so independent, headstrong and outspoken. She refuses to marry for any reason other than love, even if that means she doesn’t end up marrying someone who can give her a better economic and social status. She has her faults, but she is not afraid to admit to them when she knows she’s wrong.
I think what makes Jane Austen’s books so well-loved and timeless was her ability to tell it like it is. Our language has evolved quite a bit from what it was like in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries, and anyone who reads classics knows that the language in them can be very hard to understand at times. This is not at all the case with Austen’s writing. She wrote without a lot of fluff and the way she worded things in the nineteenth-century is really not a whole lot different from the way we use the language today. Her books remain relevant because she wrote about subjects that will always be a natural part of being human, no matter how many years go by, and her characters are always so realistic and full of life.
If you like good classic literature, a good love story, and humorous characters, you’ll enjoy reading Pride and Prejudice. It’s a nice, satisfying, fun read.
I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #5 from 10th – 16th July 2016
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