Love this Mr. Darcy. Pros: A great heroine and romantic story. Cons: The language can be a struggle in the beginning. The Bottom Line: The heroine of the story, Elizabeth Bennet, is one of my top 10 favorites.
The story: A young woman, Elizabeth Bennet, is the second eldest of five girls (no boys as the heir). She is a very realistic woman who doesn’t believe that beauty or wealth should hinder her from a happy life and marriage. While her sisters give their hearts out to people too quickly. The mother allows all five girls to be “out” (allowed to find suitors) due to her fears. She is worried that when her husband dies they will be destitute – which is true at the times lifestyle.
Elizabeth takes her time in finding her ideal man. She is very proud of her family and prejudice toward the wealthy. Lydia and Kittie (two youngest sisters) are hilarious, and they believe in love at first site of a navy sailor. This doesn’t go so well for one of them – i.e. a Mr. Wickham. Mary is the unfortunate middle child whom is neither gifted in “the arts” nor with words. Jane and Lizzie (Elizabeth), the older two sisters, are more reserved with their hearts. Mr. Darcy also is prejudice and proud, especially when he tries to ruin Jane and Mr. Bingley’s relationship. His reasons is that he doesn’t see Jane’s love towards his friend. The connected relationships all fit perfectly together. Jane Austen shows a new ideal marriage when Mr. Bennet intends to marry off his daughters only if their mate was equal to them – meaning that the marriages should be equal.
The language: It’s a little difficult to read at first, and my only suggestion is that you should remember that it was written before our time. Most of the words are in the dictionary, but the grammar has definitely changed over the century. Jane Austen also enjoys excessively writing about one subject in the story, which can be difficult to sit through to read. But it still shows that Jane is a great author, especially during her time.
My thoughts on the book besides the ones that I’ve already given is that the book is one of my favorite Austen books, because it has a strong heroine character that I can relate to. The family values are very modern, but yet it also gives a feminist-like style when the characters like Elizabeth are intelligent, and aren’t too afraid to speak their mind. This book is a great classics book that I have read numerous times, and am still interested in reading in the future.
cheers michelle (2002)
So 10 years later and after an excessive amount of writing and reading classes, I feel this needs an update.
Austen’s writing is always a woman’s point of view. It’s beautifully written with rich characters so that you always feel like you’re apart of the story. Austen’s fan base is more popular with woman rather than the macho man because she expresses feelings. Her characters communicate to each other rather than shut their feelings away. In the case of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ these feelings spoken won’t always help the character due to either their pride or prejudice.
In my experience men are not keen to the idea of talking about how they feel. Austen not only shows this but she allowed woman of her era to have a voice – even if it wasn’t etiquette. So men, you should just bear through all the woman talk. And when reading through their blabbering, think about their behavior. Are they childish (I.e. Lydia and Kitty)? Are they behaving with etiquette?
The romance in this book is genuine. I can’t help but wish for a Mr. Darcy for myself. Austen did a good job in “showing” us her characters love – rather than today’s authors whom “tell.” This is the example of show your feelings rather than verbally giving them untill our heads are bashed in.
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