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Pride and Prejudice (1813) - Shreya Sachdev

Pride and Prejudice Review

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Pride and Prejudice is a 1813 novel written by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is about a woman named Elizabeth whose initial judgement and bias stops her from falling in love with a man, known to us as Mr.Darcy. Likewise, Mr.Darcy’s initial thoughts about Elizabeth also stop him from being attracted to her, and therefore this entire novel revolves around how these two put their differences aside and come to realize that their initial feelings about each other are far from the truth, and very different to how they feel after having proper conversations with each other and getting to know each other. There are also some other relationships in the novel that make the reader wonder whether or not these relationships are really based on love, or whether certain people are just marrying for money and other materialistic things. Overall, there are so many interesting themes and questions in this novel, and this novel is really open for debate. I’m very fortunate to be reading this novel right now in university. I’m taking a first year seminar at the University of Toronto called “Jane Austen on Film” and it’s a very interesting class that just talks about how Jane Austen’s works are represented on film, and how they’re different from the books. Today, we just stopped talking about Pride and Prejudice, and we’re going to move on to some other books and films. I did write a short essay on the theme of love in Pride and Prejudice for the “Book Analysis” section of this website, so I highly recommend you check that out. Anyways, reading the novel I really liked it and I honestly had to think twice about a lot of the characters. For example, at first I really disliked the character of Charlotte (Elizabeth’s best friend) in the novel because I thought that she was marrying for the wrong reasons, but after thinking about it some more I’ve become to realize that she’s actually much more admirable than some of the other women characters in the novel. This novel isn’t as explicit about its meaning compared to other books I’ve read (1984 for example) and that’s what I really like about it. It keeps me asking myself questions and wondering more about the origins of the novel. I would give Pride and Prejudice a 10/10.

Shreya Sachdev