PRIDE & PREJUDICE

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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Barnes & Noble | March 14, 2011
First Published: January 28, 1813
       Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners-one of the most popular novels of all time-tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." So begins the novel, that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.
I made the mistake of reading a Classic by myself and watching the movie adaptation before reading it. I've always read Classics in school and had a teacher analyze the text with me. It was difficult for me to "fully appreciate" this book because I don't know how to. I saw a reviewer comment how Jane Austen is 'comedy gold', but I wasn't able to realize the wit and charm in the text. I was able on occasions, but only because they were unsubtle and a simpleton like me can understand it. The dialogue was always 'she cried', 'he cried', 'they cried', &c. (I learned &c. means etc. because et in Latin means and & c. is for cetera.) It "lacked" words to describe how things were said. I always like to picture things in my head while I read, so it was difficult to imagine how things were said without the "word cues". Was it angrily, forcefully, exclaimed or gently?

Well, you can analyze the scene to determine the feeling. To that I answer, I have no social skills and I suck at analyzing!

I didn't enjoy the book in the beginning-but I gradually understood and enjoyed it as it continued. For example, I didn't like Mrs. Bennet because I found her incredibly obnoxious and loud. I also didn't like how she tried marrying off her daughters and showed them off like objects. I do understand that Austen has created flawed characters, I love that she created them like so, and I know that marrying off your daughter(s) like cattle was normal for that time period. It still applies to today, unfortunately... I just felt that the women were objectified and they were pawns in a game.

A good volume and a half of it (that's how the B&N version is formatted, not sure about other editions) was droll. It was balls, cousin trying to marry me, courting, he leaves, she's sad, naive girls flirting with officers, an excitable mother and a father that doesn't really give a damn. The most exciting parts of the book was when Lydia almost embarrassed the family and  when Elizabeth and Darcy had an argument in Rosings. I thought the plot really thickened at those parts. I might've liked those parts because I was expecting it-those parts were also my favorite in the movie.

Another thing I really liked was Elizabeth and Jane's relationship. I loved how close they were, how they shared their feelings with each other, and how they were the most "mature" in their family. Their mother is loud and silly; their father is cold and indifferent; Mary is conceited and haughty; Kitty is a follower; Lydia is foolish. Elizabeth and Jane are also flawed, but they're more forgiving [characters](?) They weren't, how do you put this lightly, annoying. I agree with Darcy when he said that the majority of Bennets were uncivil. It was great to see how the characters, two in particular, corrected their flaws. They became more aware and saw things differently after being told their flaws-character growth/development.

If you have time and patience, you will finish the book. Most of it is boring, please don't kill me, but it's a great novel that you have to read in life. It's not life changing, but it's still a decent read; again, please don't kill me. 

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