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by Jane Austen

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Why read Pride and Prejudice?

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I remember when I studied my BA in English and one of my lecturers dismissed this novel as being a form of Victorian "chic-lit" that is only really for women. As you can imagine, he was not very popular with my fellow students - both male and female. I guess one of the key aspects of Austen´s literature is her sense of social comedy - her ability to satirise and mock conventions of her day in the form of characters gives us a real insight into life in these times. Thus in Pride and Prejudice Mrs. Bennet is a complete caricature of a woman whose only goal in life is to get her daughters married off well, and will achieve this at any cost. We see life as a battlefield fought between mothers and daughters in drawing rooms over games of whist and dancing, where any attractive and financially solvent male becomes fair game. As such her writing is very funny but also has a strand of realism that makes us sympathise with Lizzy Bennet as she holds out for a marriage of love in such an environment.

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lhfscarlet | Student

I LOVE Pride and Prejudice. Being the first romace novel I actually got into, I would say that if people gave it a chance, they would most likely love it. While tutoring last year, one of my pupils was reading Pride and Prejudice last year, and finding it incredibly boring. Being a football player, I told him that I would help him understand it in the meanings of today's society. The paper he presented his teacher at the end of the book (thanks to a little help from his tutor) was comparing and contrasting the lives of the characters in the book to the high school he was in. It was extremely well written. Once he realized what a good book it was (after having it explained, and having each of the characters have different voices) he began enjoying it!

dinu333 | Student

Because it is one of the best and the most famous English literary romantic classics. I am only 15 but i really appreciate the author's efforts and if you really wanna know and read a good classical romance this is the ideal book....