Is Pride and Prejudice even relevant in these modern times?
Many of the practices that occured in the setting of the novel no longer apply in the 21st century. For example women are now much more independant. Nowadays they are properly educated and can follow prosperous career paths. Marriage is not the only way they can achieve financial stability. Austen was noted for the realism in Pride and Prejudice as the book reflected the society she lived. I can see how people would identify with it THEN.
In light of that, why do people still relate to the book and its old-fashioned characters?
What makes it so appealing today?
If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I'd like to hear why you like it.
If not then why do you dislike it?
Please use specific examples in your answers. Your contributions will be very useful!
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The main reason that the book is likely to remain relevant is that it is extremely well written. The opening page or so, for instance, are among the funniest pieces of English prose I've ever read. As long as people continue to care about talented uses of the English language, this book will remain "relevant."
While the dialogue and the behavior of the characters in Pride and Prejudice are a bit dated, its also true that some of the themes in the book are timeless. Love, jealousy, and the complexities that accompany romance are as timely today as they were at the turn of the nineteenth century. It also works on the level of a period novel, which I think is part of the reason so many people adore it.
People love romance stories. I think that is one reason the book is so popular. We are also entranced by Victorian society. It seems like the period interests us a lot. The book is also witty, well-written, and has engaging characters.
What is relevance when reading history? Written pre-Victoria, Pride and Prejudice is a realistic story, told of a period in our history, by someone who was relating fact rather than a modern researched novel using a byegone era as its timeline. Jane Austen had few tools avilable to her in her works to create stories around. No jet-set travel, telephones or electronic communication of any kind, no fantasy or even uncaring acceptance of blatant public sexuality that prevails today. She just took everyday incidents of village-like life and wove a romance around then with great insight into the human character.
In terms of relevance we must accept that human nature revolves around certain things that never change: ( Lord, how very Mary Bennett that sounds) love, romance, greed, intruige and even cruelty, despite what era we deal with. Propriety, manners and basic values are just of the same importance in today's society as they were in Jane Austen's time. Many things have moved on for the better, but the sentiments and traits of human nature still remain now as they were then. In the case of literature, we just have to accept what we are reading and take it at face value. Pride and Prejudice, in addition to being a terrific story, is also an historical novel of some real importance and just as relevant now as it was when first written.
At least that is how I see it.
Pride and Prejudice is one of the best novels written, in my opinion. It's language is diverse, story unforgettable and messages distinct. Like post 2 explained, people love a good romance tale, even though Pride and Prejudice is an old story. It's not exactly relevant today, as social classes are different and technology has developed a lot, compared to their era of time. But again, it's an amazing story that people still enjoy.
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