Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

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Why should you read Pride and Prejudice?

People often avoid literary classics like Pride and Prejudice, purely because of the older language that is used. It is true that this book can be taxing to read sometimes, I won't deny that. However, the amazing character development and complex plot of Pride and Prejudice makes the added challenge of deciphering obsolete diction completely worthwhile.

This two hundred year old classic may seem like an innocent romance novel at first glance. Upon further inspection, you will find that this is not the case. The intertwining plots of the book will keep you until they all come to a perfect resolution. Who is keeping Jane and Mr. Bingley separated? Will Lydia ever end up with anyone? Could Mr. Collins have ulterior motives? These are only a few of the questions that arise while reading.

The next time you're browsing the shelves of a library for a new book to read, consider Pride and Prejudice. Its many intertangled plots and incredible use of character development will have you captivated until the very end.

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
“Our scars make us know that our past was for real.”
“How little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue.”
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EXAMPLES OF CHARACTERIZATION

"Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three-and-twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind was less difficult to develop. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented, she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news." -Characterization of Mr. Bennet and his wife, found on page 3


".....he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared with his friend.” -Characterization of Mr. Darcy, found on page 6