Pride & Prejudice - Analysis and Comments

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I have read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Jane Austen was born on the 16th of December in 1775, and died on the 18th of July in 1817 at an age of 41 years. She was brought up in wealthy family in the lower fringe of the landed gentry. She wrote romantic fiction and her works include novels such as Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion and Mansfield Park. She didn’t reach much public success during her lifetime, but has since then been critically approved and is now considered a great historical writer and is one of the most read authors in English history. Her work highlights women’s dependance on marriage to secure social standing and economic security.

Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813. It’s centered around Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of the five daughters of Mr and Mrs Bennet. In the beginning of the book the Bennet sisters are introduced to Charles Bingley, who just moved into town. They are all very fond of him, especially the eldest daughter Jane, who grows very attached to him. Mrs Bennet instantly gets her hopes up that Mr Bingley could become the husband of one of her daughters, and makes sure they see him as much as they can. When doing that, they also see a lot of Mr Bingley’s friend Mr Darcy, who soon falls in love with Elizabeth, despite her feelings being quite the opposite.

I am now going to read a passage from the book. This is the moment where Mr Darcy offers Elizabeth his hand.

This passage I believe marks the beginning of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy’s, could I call it romance, I don’t know, but something like that. Until this moment Elizabeth had thought nothing but bad things about Mr Darcy, and didn’t bother to look into the fact that she may have misjudged him, and this is the first step of her thinking things over. This passage and the rest of the chapter also highlights how Mr Darcy’s pride influences him and how it at times stops him from admitting his real feelings....
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