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Pride Vs. Prejudice

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Classics
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Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

Many thoughts flit through my mind when I think of Pride and Prejudice. It’s a superb book, one of my all time favourites. (The others are Mill on the floss, Anne of Green Gables, Jane Eyre and Chronicles of Narnia). The exciting phenomenon of enemies turning in to friends, finally lovers; the slow transformation of pride in to acceptance, prejudice in to understanding; make me wish that all lives had happy endings.

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr.Darcy have great chemistry. However, it’s very important to note that the two people sharing this chemistry belong to the old world: controlled by intelligence, etiquette and values. In the modern world of exaggerated freedom, free values and value-less knowledge, “chemistry” is a dangerous term. We are like lost sheep and wild horses, searching for home and fleeing dangers, always seeking safety in numbers. Individuality is suppressed; Uniqueness ignored, even laughed at; life in the present is based on the Darwinian principle of survival of the fittest; and the “majority” is always right.

I’ve been in the shoes of one or the other of both main characters. I know I have many times let my first impressions create prejudices that lead me astray: I trusted the wrong people too quickly and turned my nose at reserved but true-hearted people. At other times I know that many people misunderstood my silences, preferences and slowness in reaching out to people for pride.