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Pride and Prejudice

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The name of the book: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Plot summary:

Pride and Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the late 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife. The Bennets had 5 daughters: the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately for the Bennets, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met, so the family's future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighborhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr. Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing (and richer) but proud Mr. Darcy. Love is soon in the air for Jane and Mr. Bingley, while another may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness, including class, gossip and scandal.

Elizabeth Bennet:
Full Name: Miss Elizabeth Bennet

Gender: Female

Age: 20

Occupation: none; daughter of an English gentleman.

Primary Residence: Longbourn Manor, near Meryton in Hertfordshire.

Romantic Interests: Fitzwilliam Darcy, George Wickham, Colonel Fitzwilliam.

Parents: Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Bennet

Siblings: Jane Bennet
Mary Bennet
Catherine (Kitty) Bennet
Lydia Bennet

Elizabeth is the second eldest of the five Bennet sisters of the estate of Longbourn, situated near the fictional market village of Meryton in Hertfordshire, England. She is twenty years old at the beginning of the novel. Elizabeth is portrayed as an intelligent young woman, with "a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous". She often presents a playful good natured impertinence that does not offend. Early in the novel she is depicted as being personally proud of her mental quickness and her acuity in judging the social behavior and intentions of others. Of her family, Elizabeth is her father's favorite, described by him by having "something more of quickness than her sisters". In contrast, she is the least dear of her mother's children, especially after Elizabeth refuses a marriage proposal from the foolish and pompous Mr. Collins. Elizabeth is also often upset and embarrassed by the behavior of her mother and of her younger sisters. Her father is a gentleman and a landowner, but his estate, Longbourn, is entailed away under English law from his children because he does not have a son, and upon his death, Longbourn will be inherited by his cousin Mr. Collins, a sycophantic and foolish clergyman. Within her neighborhood, Elizabeth is considered a beauty and a charming young woman, with "fine eyes", which is the first feature Mr. Darcy is drawn to. He is later drawn more particularly to her "light and pleasing" figure, the "easy playfulness" of her manners, her mind and personality, and eventually considers her to be "one of the handsomest women" in his acquaintance. I chose Elizabeth to be my character because the all story is wrapped around her and she is in every scene in the story and probably she is the main hero in this book.

תדהמהAstonishment -

שאינו צודק,גורם לעוולIniquitous -

משקעPrecipitate -

העניק, נתןVouchsafed -

מונוטוני, חדגוניMonotonous -

צייתן, כנועObsequious -

בדיוק, מידי, ללא דיחויPrompt -

אימת, אישר, חיזקCorroborate -

ברכה, איחולGratified -

יחס, זקף, קישר, שיךAttribute -

מסמך רשמיInstrument -

דירה, מעון, בית מגוריםAbode -

חריגה, סטייהDigression -

ביתי, פנימיDomestic -

אסר, מנעProhibit -

חיוביAffirmative -

החלטי, נחוש, החליטDetermined -

נכונות, זריזותAlacrity –

כוונה פלילית, כוונה תחילה Premeditation –

חרדה, דאגהSolicitude –

צפייה, תקווהExpectation -

1."It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." (The writer said to the readers. This is the first line of the book)

I like this quote because it shows the world – view in this century by the woman who in this time. This is how the book starts and I think it's a great way to do so.

2."I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow." (Darcy to Miss Bingley. Ch. 6)

I like this quote because this is the first time the writer describe Mr. Darcy as a romantic person. Also he is teasing Miss Bingley and I think it's very funny because he is a very serious men.

3."In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." (Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth. Ch. 31)

I think this is a very important sentence in the book because it's changes the all perspective on the book and everything that Elizabeth though about Mr. Darcy changes completely- from hate and disgust to love and affection.

Reflection:

I think that the main message in this book is that people, from the time that the book was written and even now, shouldn't be over proud or have a prejudice perspective over things or even the world. Qualities like those may lead you to think less of other people and then they might think less of you.

Personally I think this book was absolutely fantastic and I will recommend it to whoever asks me about it. The book was wonderful that I couldn't stop reading it until it was finished in about two and a half days. I have to admit that the high language in this book was very hard for me to read and understand, and of course I used the Oxford nonstop, but I think it has part from the experience because it was different from reading other book.

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