Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austenr’s novel, which was initially named First Impressions, then claimed as Dignity and Perception and at final named as Pride and Prejudice. In 1797 it was sent to publisher by her father. His father gave an offer to make a payment for the publication. It was returned back immediately. There was a written note on it Decline by return Post. It was then published after 16 years in 1813 by Thomas Egerton as Pride and Prejudice. (Jane).
Today this novel is known as the greatest novel of the world and is famous as best work of Austen. The novel serves the purpose to enchant its readers through its outlandish parody of craziness or affectation, subtle irony, and distinctive characters. Tegan Bennet Daylight describes a romance, center of whose is a moral fantasy as if it happens to be a dodging from realityr’s limits. Jane Austen is a successful writer who has the ability to polarize her audiences; either they revile or revere strongly adore or absolutely abominate her. Your tastes don not affect her writing, she is an author of merit and has a great influence in the progression of English Novels. (T Ellingsen).
Her novels basically cover the humbler nobility, gentry, and leisured class who lack the tawdry position and wealth. The most fascinating is that her novels were set during churning times of Napoleonic wars and at a time of extreme social unrest and agitation in rural England, characters of her novel are specifically concerned with their own world and surroundings. The critics condemn her insularity and narrowness whereas her fans are in favor of the portraits she makes many titles her as the first modern one novelist who focuses on the development of characters through interactions, conflict and actions. This is because of her characters development, her experimental techniques, narrative and nuances of tone, dramatic interplay, and indirect speech dialogues that her audiences can find her basic concerns. (Oatley)
I started reading the book hoping and thinking that it will be a romantic story, but to my disappointment at first the story was slow till halfway with little romance and love but as I continue to read it, it made strong grab on my mind with a curiosity that what is going to happen next. The novel depicts the complexities of the life in lighter way. Every family and every individual person has its own issues and way of looking at life. The writer is right in telling that every individual has his own perspective of life. Some give importance to moral values and ethics while other focus on money and wealth in order to spend a happy life.
At the same time some young people are fantasizing their life just like the heroes of the movies. It is not always necessary that a person whom we think is right for us is really made to do so. The literature of the novel describes that parents always want their children to be in best of life and they see their future under the light of their own experiences and sometime it turns out to be difficult to mold their ideas according to the views and ideas of their children. But it is not the same case always that the parents are always wrong, they can feel and sensualize the upcoming situation in their children life and they tried to keep them away from the consequences. In Pride and prejudice one can easily see the beauty of literature master piece. This novel makes you addicted to discover that what is inside the mind of all the characters. As a reader I wanted to know how Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy will find out a way to each other. Will it be possible for Mr. Darcy to convince Elizabeth that he is the perfect man for her? Will Elizabethr’s heart melt for Darcy? This Novel is a must read for those who claims that they are book readers.
Pride and Prejudice shows us an informal view of domestic livings of Regency England and particularly altering values and codes in courting. The central motif of the novel is the concern how to make it possible to marry five daughters of yours to a young successful man. Mr. and in start the couple wants to marry one of their daughters to Mr. Collin who was the cousin of Bennet. As Mr. Bennet has no son and after his death all the property and money, and house will move to Mr. Collin but later on they got a better option than Mr. Collin. Mrs. Bennet has five daughters and no son. The eldest Daughter is Jane who is stunningly pretty and is destined for newly arrived neighbor Bingley, whereas Elizabeth, the second one with more intelligence, self-command, and character has first reject Mr. Darcy, a rich man, she falls for Wickham, the scoundrel, before rediscovering Darcy. Mary is the middle one and is beyond redemption whereas the two youngest ones named Lydia and Kitty are idle, vain and obsessed uncontrollably to the red uniforms of nearby militia camp.
Pride of Darcy is shown right in the beginning of the literature as he refuses to accompany Elizabeth for dance because she is average and not beautiful and handsome enough. Mar Collin is also a characteristic of pride which is prominent in his proposal to Elizabeth. When he declares his love for Elizabeth from that time he was very confident that she will say yes to him. He also makes sure that he needs no financial income from her. He also makes an explanation that why he will be a good choice of her. His words below are clear proofs of his pride in himself and in his wealth.
…my situation in life, my connections with the family of Lady De Bourgh, and my relationship to your own, are circumstances highly in my favor? .”
He further says,
Your portion is unhappily so small that it will in all likelihood undo the effects of your loveliness and amiable qualifications
Elizabeth is her fatherr’s favorite daughter and her motherr’s least one favorite child and is the central character if the novel. She is in love with Wickham and believes that love is beyond any financial guarantees. Elizabeth makes discriminating judgments and it is Darcy who changes her mind against herself made prejudiced conclusions, telling her that she has very limited experience. Darcy does not represent a society who values wealth, as Elizabeth initially sees him. It was when Darcy starts to move in his world and she alters her views about Wickhams and Darcy. The connection between human values and wealth was recognized by Elizabeth at crucial time when Lydia runs off with scoundrel Wickham. By the end of the novel she gets confused between her father and Darcy but she finally makes it.
My dear, do not give way to such gloomy thoughts. Let us hope for better things.
– Mr. Bennet
This passage from the novel explains that it happens sometimes that we overreact, overthink, or unnecessarily worry about few circumstances and situations. While doing so we just tire ourselves. The novel explains that we need to know that sometimes too much control on our emotions can drain our happiness and similarly overexposure of emotions like Lydia can be of no use and can be reason of defame.
In Pride and Prejudice, few of the characters are varyingly connected with Pride and Prejudice. Pride is defined as those having an extremely high opinion about themselves, whereas the prejudice ones judge the other people without any sufficient reason. These are the two basic themes which can be seen throughout the book and are shown through different characters including Elizabeth and Darcy, the two lovers as main characters. (Jane).
However, some of the reader sees this piece of literature having a message which is beyond psychological and social realism. But for me the novel has moral and practical advice. Lydiar’s running away contains an excellent message and is useful for the reader to judge the line between greed and wish in making the choice of husband.
Jane, A. Pride and Prejudice. 2017.
Oatley, K. “Imagination, inference, intimacy: The psychology of Pride and Prejudice.” Review of General Psychology, (2016).
T. Ellingsen, M Johannesson. “Pride and prejudice: The human side of incentive theory.” American economic review (2008).
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