Pride and Prejudice as you all by now know very well if you have ever stumbled upon good and everlasting literature is one of the most famous, great, and if I may say so stunning works of written art ever made. Jane Austen really is a genius.
This year I’ve made a decision to read as many classics as I could and my opinion is that so far I have been immensely enjoying it. However, I am not/was not without prejudice (pun not intended), I was very skeptical about Jane Austen’s work. I half expected it to be a bit boring and not at all exciting. Boy was I wrong. From the first page, I was pulled into the story. There was one witty remark made by Mr. Bennet to his wife on that first page and I must admit I laughed out loud. That is in one sentence the summary of my experience with this book. I found the humor incredibly enjoyable and I believe I could sincerely appreciate it.
“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
The characters, I found, were very humanlike, made of flesh and bone. They had many dimensions to them. All of you who read the book must know the best example is the notorious Mr. Darcy! I believe that in my long reading career I have never found a character more unique. He is from the first page incredibly interesting because of his behaviour. I understand why he would be so loved by female and male readers alike and I must admit I am also falling for his charms. Moving forward, I must, of course, address the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet. She is at moments very lovable but there are moments, however, when you cannot understand and because of that support her impulsive reactions. That is, in essence, what makes you love or at least appreciate her even more since that is exactly what makes her real. Since I mentioned one the characters one is supposed to like I will now mention one quite unappealing – Mr. Collins. I really did not like him. he is the prime example of an unlovable person. His actions are mean in most cases and always directed to his own benefit. That would be completely fine if he didn’t pretend that it was done for the well-being of others.
These comments are of course not a criticism of Austen’s writing, but a commentary on the personalities of the characters.
I have as you might have noticed very enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and will in the future try not to have prejudice towards books myself.