Thursday, 4 November 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge: #4

Today I am meant to discuss my favourite book. I did a post on my favourite book "To Kill A Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee back in March



So I thought I would talk about my second favourite book. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Can I hear a sigh? I cannot reiterate to anyone enough how much I love this story. I remember when we were told in English class we had to read it for our exams and I groaned. Then quite quickly I was always looking forward to my classes so we could read the book. I read it again twice after school finished.

One of my favourite aspects of the book is the era it is set in. It was written by Austen in the 1800's where men were superior. You were frowned upon if were not married off by a certain age. You had to be part of society and were respected if you had wealth and charming looks. After all the first line of the book says "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" - oh how times have changed?! I do not want to go into loads of detail as you should really read the book if haven't. But Austen's main message is that we should not be ignorant and follow hearsay but to form our own judgements. We can all be impressionable and believe what we hear but never really believe what we see. This is what 's mainly reflected between the characters in Elizabeth and the handsome Mr Darcy. 

The book is also full of satire and wit. It is hard to believe but back in them days they also knew how to have fun in the ways of their dancing and playing of music. There is also comedy such as Mr Collins proposal to Elizabeth. The story is told through Elizabeth and her take on such stances such as love, family and town she lives in. It truly is heart warming but it makes you think and learn at the same time. 

6 comments:

CrysHouse said...

I love Pride and Prejudice because I don't feel Elizabeth was willing to completely turn herself over to the mindset of the times. Ah. Such a rich character.

I teach To Kill A Mockingbird to my English II classes. It's ok. I prefer it after we hit Chap 17 and it really starts to pick up in action.

Kristen said...

I loved reading Pride and Prejudice. I loved how her family represent a 'dysfunctional' family of today's modern life but still had strong values. My favourite character was Jane. I was so pleased that she eventually married Mr Bingley.

Great great great book!!!

Anne said...

Although i have never read the entire book of Pride & Prejudice, it is definitely one of my most favorite movies. Haven't gotten my husband to sit through all six hours with me yet though! :)

ktjane said...

I started Pride and Prejudice once but I didn't ever finish. Yes, I am hanging my head in shame. I have, however, read Persuasion. Does that take away some literary shame points?

CardiffScot said...

To Kill a Mockingbird's my favourite too - good call!

Callie Nicole said...

I LOVE Pride and Prejudice! Definitely on my list of favorites too!

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