In her famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, the author, Jane Austen, tells us the story of a complex love affair between two people who are the opposite of one another, Elizabeth Bennet, and Mr. Darcy with the main theme of the book being about love and marriage. Elizabeth, who is the second of five sisters, as well as the smartest, meets Mr. Darcy and is at first very judgmental of him. Soon, however, she realizes that she was wrong, and it is difficult to properly understand someone after making assumptions about them in her own head. At the same time, she realizes that this is a natural part of life and, in order to truly understand love and friendship, it must be overcome.
During the 19th century, the most difficult part of finding a romantic relationship was the social structure that existed at the time which made it hard for one to approach people outside of their own class. This is reflected in Pride and Prejudice as the Bennets are shown to be poor while Mr. Darcy and his acquaintances are all from the upper class. In this context, the way the relationship between these two people progresses is the core of the novel which Austen explores.
Through her writings, Jane Austen created a caricature of English women in those times whom she criticized for having an arrogant demeanor and nature due to the influence that society had on their upbringing and experiences. From this, the readers get the idea that women at this time were mostly attracted to wealthy men who would be able to support them. At the same time, Austen juxtaposes this depiction with dignified women such as Bennet who are modest and against the general ideas which were touted by women at the time. As for the men in her story, Mr. Darcy was shown to be a proud man with many flaws. However, despite this, he always attempts to fix his mistakes while giving an arrogant outward persona.
The plot of this acclaimed story resonates with the reality of human relationships. The mind makes assumptions and ideas about other people without any reasoning or logical backing which results in conflicts with others and one’s own self.
Read Time: 7-10 days
Author: Jane Austen
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