Pride and Prejudice is the final installment in my Jane Austen commitment. It was the hardest to finish, but well worth it. As with all of her novels, there is an ever present quest for both the perfect match for the lovely female protagonist. True to its’ name, the marriage themes of the novel are pride and prejudice cause the conflicts which move the novel along.
The Bennet sisters, five in number, are in need of husbands. Mr. Bennet is content to have his daughters live out their days at home. He seems unconcerned with the great marriage question. It is a Mrs. Bennet’s passion to find suitable gentlemen for her daughters.
Confusion and miscommunication play a role in this novel as well, but it stems not so much from social constraints as it does from their own character faults. There is a reason why this novel’s plots has been copied and shamelessly reproduced again and again over the years, it is dam good. The characters are compelling and although I loved the zombie version the best, it is worth more than one read.
Currently, my bedside table is a third version of the novel, the DK Illustrated Classic, complete with background information. The history nut inside me is dying to read this version with it’s background chapters scattered through-out.
My quest to get know Jane Austen has led to where most of you who have already met her suspected it would; I admire her work and talent. She tapped the glass ceiling of her times leaving cracks for others to exploit.