Classic litrature otherwise known as the ‘classics’ are a thing treasured up and down the country. Many remember the first classic they read, or the feeling of finishing one. I am not shy to admit it, but the thought of reading a classic, makes me slightly apprehensive. Books that are so loved by society, there is often an added pressure to understand and enjoy them. Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is the third classic I have read this year and it is safe to say it is one of my favourites. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s novel of the matters the characters face when concerning their pride and prejudices towards other people in society. Mr Darcy is proud and Elizabeth Bennet is prejudiced, it’s only fair that they are in fact very well suited and one of the world’s most loved literary couples. I am not a fan of romance novels. Or so I thought! Truth be told after finishing Pride and Prejudice, rather like the Grinch that stole christmas, my heart swelled to twice its size and I started to have…feelings? Elizabeth Bennet may just be one of my favourite characters ever written, and Mr Darcy one of the most complex and intricate men I have ever read. I was hesistant about the ‘romance’ aspect, it appears I have been proven very wrong about my fear of romance, whilst reading ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
The writing is descriptive, lush and engaging. Jane Austen just knows what makes a beautifully written novel, and especially knows how to write loveable characters. Elizabeth is smart, witty, confident in herself and her opinions, which is how I like my main protagonists.
To fully immerse yourself into the novel, you do need to have an idea of the realities of life and marriage in the 19th century, and disassociate yourself from your opinions on those matters of today. However that didn't detract from the enjoyment. I found some of the side characters, very amusing and almost like a caricature of an actual character. For example Mrs Bennet and Mr Collins. The amusement of these two characters perfectly contrasted with the more serious characters. Elizabeth herself also manages to be highly relatable in the way she is written and her actions. She is someone you want to read about. Combined with the characters and the descriptive nature of Pride and Prejudice, I would recommend Pride and Prejudice.