Pride and Prejudice
I recently had the pleasure to read a very interesting novel by Jane Austen: “Pride and Prejudice”. It was published in 1813 and belongs to the novel of manners, a genre of romantic novels.
The plot is set in the rural south east of England in the early 19th century and the narration opens with the moving of Mr. Bingley, a young single man of large fortune, from the north of England. The novel is about four love stories, of which the most important are the one between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, a close friend of Mr. Bingley, and the latter with Jane Bennet.
I was pleasantly surprised by the features of the main characters, that were: Elizabeth, Jane, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley.
Elizabeth, the female protagonist, is an intelligent and brilliant girl, which captured the attention of Mr. Darcy: a rich gentleman, with a contemptuous and proud disposition.
On the other hand, we have Mr. Bingley, that despite his social position, he has a friendly personality, that provides him immediate sympathy. He almost fall in love with Jane, firstborn of the Bennet family. She s admired for her beauty and esteemed for her sweetness and goodness.
In my opinion, Mrs. Bennet represents the mentality of that century. As a matter of fact the only purpose of her life seems to make her five daughters marry, in order to guarantee them a future. Indeed, is well known that at that time, having a good marriage was the main achievement of everyone's lives.
I really felt involved by the Jane Austen’s novel and for this reason I would recommend to read it, in order to get conscious of the 19th century’s mentality about family bonds.