In January 1813, one of the most widely respected and beloved authors of all time released one of the most widely respected and beloved novels of all time- Pride and Prejudice.
Austen wrote to her sister Cassandra and jubilantly exclaimed, "I want to tell you that I have got my own darling Child from London...". Austen's letters over Pride & Prejudice were even more joyful than over her first novel, Sense and Sensibility. Like us, Austen loved this book.
Elizabeth Bennett is one of the first real heroines in English literature. Elizabeth is my favorite Austen character- she is independent, stubborn, rebellious, intelligent, witty, spirited, and loving and caring to those she loves. I can see why Darcy couldn't help but fall in love with her. She is irresistible. Even Austen herself loved Elizabeth, saying,
"...I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know."
Darcy is popular because he falls in love with Elizabeth for all of the right reasons. Darcy is completely unlikable at first, but we find out he has a warm heart underneath the stiff upper lip and coat. Darcy is the man on a pedestal who women often measure all other men up to. I do confess Darcy is my favorite male character of all time.
"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
The reason P&P is still popular 200 years later is that the themes that run throughout it are universal and timeless:
- Society and Class
- Gender Roles and Expectations
- One's Morals and Principles
Pride and Prejudice is a symphony of engaging and relatable characters, witty quips, and universal dilemmas. It is a book that readers will still be gushing over in another 200 years.
|"She is tolerable," Darcy said of Elizabeth.|