Pride and Prejudice is a novel that is charming, refreshing and ingenious. It recites the subtle human emotions with utmost ease and simplicity. There is hardly an incident that the reader can’t surmise and yet with its subtle humor and its witty pace it easily wipes out any doubts over its monotone.
The story revolves around the sisters, a vulnerable Jane, an intelligent but susceptible Elizabeth, the studious Mary, Kitty and Lydia who are more often than not impertinent, if not moronic. They meet Mr.Bingley and the seemingly pompous Mr.Darcy at a ball and Jane is instantly attracted towards Bingley. Most of the females found Darcy repulsive and loathsome. An array of events follow, Elizabeth first gets prejudiced against Darcy, Jane and Bingley come to share an intimate relationship that meets with an abrupt end, but as the truths unfold Elizabeth discovers that she had lapsed in judging Darcy aptly in the shadows of bigotry. Darcy helps Jane find Bingley again, helps in the marriage of her younger sister and eventually gets married to Elizabeth.
The two things that stand out in the novel is its extreme effortlessness with which it treats such important moments and the beautiful manner in which the words Pride and Prejudice perfectly rhyme with the subject of the story. The weak point of the book lies in its dreary and banal storyline. Two people who are together in the beginning end up together in the end. Yet the way each character builds up and the sheer ease with which the reader instantly connects with Jane and Elizabeth prevents the monotone from being explicitly blatant.
Pride and Prejudice, being Austen’s one of the most read novels, has its heart in the right place. It is a showcase of explicit sarcasm, romance, social hierarchies, the prides of the narcissists and the prejudices of the predisposed. It is a page turner that is hard to put down.
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