Monday, December 14, 2009

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen, reviewed by Smriti Jain

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

Reviewed by
Name: Smriti Jain

The Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice is one of Jane Austen's most dearly loved books. Pride and Prejudice has been studied by numerous people at school and university.
Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s most famous work, and in many people’s opinion (including my own) one of the greatest works of fiction written in the English language. It contains all the elements necessary for great literature; captivating plot, fascinating characters, a witty, engaging style and appropriate setting. Although not autobiographical, through the character of Elizabeth Bennet we get a glimpse of Jane Austen herself – of what she values and believes in, and of the way in which she sees and judges the people and world around her.have a look at the story to get a glimpse of her victorian England

" it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a .. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters"

Pride and Prejudice is a amusing tale about the five Bennet sisters, and their mothers unrelenting drive to get them well married. With a scathing wit, Austen highlight the follies and foibles of a society in which a woman is only judged by who she marries, and a society in which a 'good-match' is more important than personal happiness. As the story opens, a young and wealthy, and most importantly single man, by the name of Mr. Bingley moves in the neighborhood. Mrs. Bennet wants to make his acquaintance straight away so that he can be introduced to her daughters before he has a chance to meet any of the other in the neighborhood.

Mr. Bingley, much to Mrs. Bennet joy, is taken, straightaway with her daughter Jane. Mr. Bingley also happens to have a rich friend by the name of Mr. Darcy whom everyone hopes will marry Elizabeth, thereby getting the two oldest girls well-settled. And once settled, they can help get their younger sisters well-married.

Elizabeth and her interactions with Darcy are the primary focus of this story. Elizabeth is a strong will young women, and Darcy an arrogant, self-centered aristocrat. Together, they are explosive! IN THIS the case all’s well that ends well, and the sisters find marital bliss with the men of their choice.
The reason, I believe, that Pride and Prejudice has so well stood the test of time is this wonderful combination of believable characters, an engaging plot, and witty style, all drawn from Jane Austen’s own insightful observations of the world. Though her intended audience were young ladies of her own time, Jane Austen still has the ability to impart her wisdom along with entertainment to all her readers is too true to the day that an indianised vrsion has been made on the same sroty lines-"balle balle amritsar to L.A."

Throughout, this story is told with humor and is full of intelligent insights into English country society.It offers the reader a unique glimpse into a by-gone day. It is almost as if an anthropologist had traveled back in time and recorded the goings-on of the Bennet family. The dialog is realistic and fast paced. The story engrossing, and most importantly, entertaining. Pride and Prejudice is a wonderful story, one which I am sure that you will read over and over, for with each reading you discover more the of the depth and vibrancy of Austen's work.

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