Pride and Prejudice is a novel which is appreciated by the most and criticised by the fewest. A great work of fiction within its limited sphere by the lady novelist hailed by the readers around the world, Jane Austen, was published in 1813 and since the time of its publication, Pride and Prejudice has never gone out of fashion. Yes, it’s always there among the readers – they read and they enjoy it and they enjoy it really, days after days. So, what’s so great about Pride and Prejudice? It’s just another novel where the protagonist is confused about his and her love and finally reconciles when the truth unfolds itself. Isn’t it?
Jane Austen’s novel has a Darcy, immortalised by her. Her novel also has an Elizabeth, equally immortal. All others were ephemeral enough to be eclipsed by the towering presence of these two characters. Do we really remember anyone else so passionately as we remember these two? So, the character emphasis and dearly-writing are certainly there and it can never be the case with novels or literary fiction or even dramas or even poetry of great measure!
Pride and Prejudice is about a perception play, at the core. No one can deny this logic that the major events in the novel are driven by perception only. For example, the initial impression of Darcy on Elizabeth and vice-versa. In the name of action, the early 19th-century tacts are always there. Classic cases of courtships and falling out and then chase begins once again.
Other than the age and tact, the novel also offers the readers a beautiful language treat which makes the reading experience even more classy. The language is charged with Austen’s wide understanding of human emotions and psychology. She uses her own excellence as well.
In short, the novel that is supposed to be an evergreen classic is only because of the language, to me. The story has nothing new or nothing old. That’s an everyday story and nothing more. The skills of storytelling and the use of language make it a timeless novel… no Pride and Prejudice accepting that by Jane. Happy Reading!
Pride and Prejudice - reviewed
A classic in language with an ordinary story escaped by the narrative…