Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen. It was written between 1796-1797 and originally titled First Impressions but wasn't published until 1813. It was most probably turned down because of a female author. It is a story about society and the relationships of family, focusing on the Bennet's, specifically the two eldest daughters Elizabeth and Jane. The book is filled with sarcasm, humor and romance. The author had a lot to say about women and society in England during the late 18th and early 19th century and that is probably why the book is so widely popular. That era is history and the circumstances have changed but the story is very honest and relatable.
The book's plot deals with the five Bennet sisters, whose mother desires nothing more to see her daughters married. The novel starts with the news that a young wealthy gentleman named Charles Bingley has moved nearby. Mr. Bingley is immediately attracted to Jane, the oldest of the Bennet sisters while his close friend, Mr. Darcy, makes a less favorable first impression by appearing proud and snobbish at a ball they all attend. When the story develops, he becomes the love interest of Elizabeth but before they can be together they have to overcome their first impressions of each other.
Jane Austen was very aware of the world she was living in and she mocks and makes fun of it through her characters. The main character, Elizabeth, is very different from her sisters and not a typical woman of that age. She is intelligent and witty and refuses to marry for any reason other than love. Therefore she turns down more than one marriage proposal, including Mr. Darcy's first one. Her older sister Jane is described as innocent, sweet and gentle. She is also favoured by her mother because of her beauty. Mrs. Bennet however is an annoying and foolish woman whose public manners and social climbing are embarrassing to everybody around her. Mr. Bennet on the...