Boekreport Pride and Prejudice
Title: pride and prejudice
Writer: Jane Austen
First publication : 1813
In Longbourn, Hertfordshire, live the family Bennet with their 5 daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, Lydia). At Netherfield is mr. Bingley going to live, with his two sisters and friend, mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Bingley is a very attractive, rich man. At his first ball, he and Jane like each other very much. Darcy is also rich, but he is very pride, he refuses to dance with everybody an is very rude against Lizzy.
Jane goes to Netherfield, but becomes ill and Lizzy goes to her. She don’t like Darcy cause his pride and they have a few discussions.
Mr. Collins, the cousin who will heritage Longbourn, comes. He thinks very high of himself en proposes Lizzy, but she refuses. He marries their neighbour and Lizzy’s friend Charlotte Lucas.
The ladies met the handsome soldier mr. Wickham, who likes Lizzy. Wickham tells Lizzy that Darcy treated him badly, although Bingley says he didn’t.
Jane gets a letter from Caroline Bingley. It says that they’re going to London and she suggest that Bingley will marry Darcy’s sister Georgiana.
Lizzy visits Charlotte and met Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Darcy’s aunt. She heard from an friend of Darcy that he tries to separate Jane and Bingley. Darcy proposes Lizzy, but she refuses and she’s furious. The next day she gets a letter from Darcy in which he explains why he wants to separate Jane and also what happens between him and Wickham. It seems that Wickham wanted money from Darcy and that he tries to get that through Georgiana.
Lizzy goes home and Lydia goes to Brighton with an officer and his wife. Wickham is there too. Lizzy goes with her uncle and aunt on vacation to Derbyshire and they visit Pemberly, Darcy’s estate. They meet Darcy too and in his own space he’s very nice. Lizzy gets a letter from Jane that says that Lydia has eloped with Wickham. Lizzy goes home directly and her father and uncle are going to search for Lydia and Wickham and make them marry. Their uncle finds them and the accept to marry. Elizabeth finds out that Darcy has helped to find them and had paid Wickham’s debts.
Bingley returns to Netherfield and comes to Longbourn with Darcy. Lizzy realises that she really care for Darcy. Bingley finally proposes Jane.
Then Lady de Bourgh shows up and speaks with Lizzy. She don’t want Lizzy to marry Darcy, but she’s sent away. Darcy proposes Elizabeth though, and they marry together with Jane and Bingley.
- Place and time: the story finds place in Hertfordshire and for a part in Derbyshire, England. The time is the 19th century. It’s noticeable that the story plays in this century, cause all the personages are very formal to each other, there are different social classes and for example eloping with a boy and living with him before you are married is impossible.
Elizabeth: Lizzy is the second Bennet daughter. she is a pretty young woman of the age of 20. She has her own will and is a little free minded, cause she refused two times a proposal. If she was not so free-minded like Jane or Charlotte, she would have accepted. Woman in that century has , as their only goal, finding a good husband and get children. I don’t know if that is also Elizabeth’s goal, probably it is.
Lizzy is a round character, cause she changes during the story. In the beginning of the book, when she meets Darcy for the first time, she has prejudices and she hates him. But at the end, she marries him, so she is changed.
Mr. Darcy: mr. Darcy is a handsome man about mid-twenties. He behaves a little strange. He is rude, has his pride and have also his prejudices about everybody. But that is because he doesn’t feel very comfortable in Hertfordshire. He is also a round character, cause he changes like Lizzy does.
In the beginning of the book, he has prejudices, at the end not any more.
Mr. Bingley: mr. Bingley is also a handsome young man about mid-twenties. He is very kind to everybody and has a lot of friends, cause everybody likes him, but he wants that everybody is happy and is a little naïve. He is a flat character, cause he doesn’t change during the story and you don’t know a lot about him.
Jane: Jane is the oldest Bennet daughter. she is the most beautiful girl in the whole town, but she’s very introvert. She is kind and smart, but keeps her feelings for herself, especially her love for mr. Bingley. She is a flat character.
Lydia: Lydia is the youngest Bennet daughter. She is 16 years old and behaves like her mom does: sometimes rude and she doesn’t think before she act. She isn’t very serious, for example she is always flirting with the soldiers. Lydia is a flat character.
- Perspective: this story is told in the personal-narrator, from Elizabeth’s view whole the time. This makes it that you like Elizabeth and that you don’t like Darcy, cause you don’t know a lot about Darcy in this way.
- Theme : the central theme is love: love between Darcy and Elizabeth, who find out that they fit each other, love between Lydia and Wickham, which is very impulsive and love between Jane and Bingley, who are afraid of telling their feelings. Elizabeth and Darcy are important in all these relationships. Another theme are the social problems pride and prejudice: Darcy and Lizzy have both their pride and prejudices.
I would give this book a 7 ½ . I liked the story, love stories are perfect for girls like me, but this book isn’t so cliché like other love stories. But this book is very thick, more than 300 pages. I though it really hard to read and I had to push myself to read a minimum pages each day. Besides is this book sometimes just boring. Long passages between characters, too much formality and so on. That makes this book hard to read and that’s why I couldn’t give it a 9.