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Classics Club Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The romantic clash of two opinionated young people provides the sustaining theme of Jane Austen’s 1813 masterwork Pride and Prejudice. Spirited Elizabeth Bennet is one of a family of five daughters; with no male heir; the Bennet estate must someday pass to their priggish cousin Collins. Therefore, the girls must marry well–and the arrogant bachelor Mr. Darcy is Elizabeth’s elusive match. An entertaining portrait of matrimonial rites and rivalries, Pride and Prejudice is timeless in its hilarity and its honesty; readers will immediately understand why Austen herself called the book “my own darling child.” Margaret Drabble writes in her incisive introduction: “The elegance of this performance is almost beyond praise.”

I read Pride and Prejudice when I was in high school when we were tasked to do a report on “a book of literary merit.” My teacher, who to this day is one of the best teachers I ever had, always kidded me on reading escapism books and was excited for me to venture into something with history. I wasn’t incredibly impressed with it back then, or any classics for that matter, and didn’t understand what all the fuss about it was for. Since then, I have read several classics, most of which I have adored, and have fallen in love with Austen’s other works. I finally decided to give Pride and Prejudice a re-read as I felt more equipped to appreciate it. I am glad that I did. I liked it significantly more than I did on first read, and I understand its appeal. Elizabeth is a lovely heroine. She is strong, loyal, and confident, and you can’t help but love her. Mr. Darcy is attractive and becomes more so as he proves himself to be a worthy partner for Elizabeth. As always, I love Austen’s sarcastic view of society, and her petty, gossipy characters make me laugh. She writes such strong women, especially in a time where women were not allowed to be so, and I think that is what makes her work so timeless. Overall, Pride and Prejudice isn’t my favorite of Austen’s novels, but I definitely appreciate it so much more now and I can see why it is beloved by so many.

3 thoughts on “Classics Club Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  1. I love P&P so much! It’s my fav of Austen’s. I was wondering which of her other books is it that you like better? To me Emma comes a close second. But I pretty much adore everything Austen wrote lol 😂😂✨❤️✨


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