Jane Austen is known for her outstanding novels, and Pride and Prejudice is certainly one of her greatest. It tells the story of the Bennett family, with 5 daughters who Mrs. Bennett is looking to marry off. Their town becomes excited when the rich, well-mannered Mr. Bingley comes to town and holds a ball. There, one Bennett sister, Jane, catches the eye of Mr. Bingley, while Elizabeth is less than charmed with Bingley’s friend, Mr. Darcy. Darcy is seen as arrogant and obnoxious, and believes Elizabeth to be unattractive. They must overcome both their pride and prejudice of each other as they begin to get to know each other, and navigate through the obstacles society and their families present.
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite novel by Jane Austen, especially because Elizabeth Bennett functions as an iconoclast, a dynamic female protagonist that was uncommon in novels during the 1800s. During a time when people would solely marry for money, it follows a love story between two characters that must overcome one of the greatest obstacles of all: their pride and their opinions. It cautions against excessive pride and prejudice, and reveals the beauty of what can happen when they are defeated.
It is extremely well-written, from the plot to the sentence structure, and is perfect for analysis or simply reading for pleasure. This novel is perfect for those who like love stories in an earlier time period, as it so dramatically differs from many novels today. However, those who do not enjoy stories about romance might not find this to be the most exciting novel. Altogether, this novel is a classic for a good reason, and begins with one of the most quoted lines of all time.
Age rating: 13+
Star rating: 5 stars