Blog #17

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Cheers to 2017! Who knows what circumstances will surface throughout this unknown journey. I only hope for it to be full of abundant blessings, prosperous efforts, and victorious conquests.

Well, for the blog this week, I decided to expose to all of you a brief summary of the relevance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the modern world. Since we will soon venture in reading it, I selected an article by James Al-Mudallal titled “Why Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it ever was” to provide a glimpse of what to expect and guide the reader to consider other than the “elephant in the room.” Pride and Prejudice is well-renowned for its allusive notion of a perfect romance, but is that all? Is it the ideal relationship, or the shades of gloom that enthrall the reader?

Prompt: What qualities of this novel do you believe have fascinated and engrossed readers? The alluring romance? Perhaps its “multi-layers?” Other qualities?

*Please explain and give references.

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27 Comments

  1. Pride and Prejudice has become such a famous and influential book because of its superficial attractiveness as well as its much deeper messages and commentary. Readers that come for the romantic escapism end up staying for the neatly-concealed, thought-provoking social issues that are brought up. Benjamin hit the nail right on the head when he asked us, “Perhaps its multi-layers?” The book’s ability to adapt has made it such a historically fascinating book, and has also maintained its relevancy even after 200 years. When the book Pride and Prejudice is considered in that way, it’s easy to understand and appreciate its lethal combination of literary alchemy.

  2. In response to Benjamin’s prompt I believe the main reason as to why Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” continues to be widely popular in modern day life is due to the way a reader’s mind can analyze the text and come to find the story had a deeper meaning. Pride and Prejudice is well known for being a romantic love story between two people born into different social classes. The story was published in the year 1813, where members of high class most often never associated with low class, therefore upon further analysis the reader can see that this story casts a light on, the issues faced during the time period, interclass relationships. My belief is explained in the article Benjamin has left. Within the article Professor Richard Marggraf Turley – who teaches at Aberystwyth University is introduced and he states “Her (Austen) novels are attuned to all those petty ambitions, desires and jealousies we like to think we keep hidden from our peers. We take vicarious pleasure in seeing hypocrites exposed and social climbers ridiculed.” My response is similar to that of Colin E who states “Readers that come for the romantic escapism end up staying for the neatly-concealed, thought-provoking social issues that are brought up.”. Therefore, I truly believe that due to the book’s ability to allow in depth analysis it is still relevant and continues to be taught in modern time.

  3. Author James Al – Mudallal gives his point of view to readers on Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice” in his analytical article “Why Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it ever was.” Mudallal recognizes Jane Austen as a phenomenal author who stands with notable others like Shakespeare. Her tailing of the upper class of english society has gained her a following. In Pride and Prejudice, while the romantic love story is evident between main characters Elizabeth and Darcy, the author pokes it is the layers beneath that have allowed the novel to stand the test of time.

    Mudallal writes “What attracts me to Austen as a Professor of English Literature is the incredibly modern grasp of human psychology her work displays.” His quote is supplementary to his claim earlier mentioned on the praying of women in the book. The author points out Wickham, who I have just been introduced as a contributor the darker more twisted layers that the book has to offer. I agree with Mudalla, the human psychology seen in the “political and social depths” of the novel are a quality that have kept it popular. While the era has changed the sexualization and view of women as objects still continues.

    It is not the romance, but interaction of the characters in general which I believe fascinate readers. Mrs. Bennett does not second guess her mission to marry off her daughters. In one instance, during a lunch she proclaims how eager she is to have Mr. Bingley mary Jane. Mrs. Bennett’s relationship with her daughters is a result of the social pressure she feels placed on her as well as satire. I agree with Colin, “Readers.. end up staying for the neatly-concealed, thought-provoking social issues that are brought up.” While there is clearly a love story the social interactions of the characters and how they reveal social issues of the time keeps the audience interested.

  4. The article, “Why “Pride and Prejudice” is as relevant today as it ever was” by James Al-Mudallal ventures into three key points of why Jane Austen’s work still has its place in society today. The article concluded that the first why “Pride and Prejudice” is still relevant is because it is the perfect way to distract and oneself from the unpleasant reality that they face. It is fantasy they can read that unfolds the social order of that society. The second reason being that Austen wrote about the “petty ambitions, desires, and jealousies” that we all hide from everyone around us. Her writing openly pointed out these human flaws and readers enjoy seeing these characteristics exposed and people failing because of them. Lastly, Austen’s work isn’t just a sweet little love story — there’s more to it. She throws the darker situations and sometimes more meaningful plots along with the romance and readers are still able to understand and go along with it.
    I agree with the third reason why “Pride and Prejudice” is still relevant. It is the “multi-layers” that fascinate and engross readers. The article quotes Aberystwyth University when it says “it’s the dangerous themes within “Pride and Prejudice” that make it a book still worth reading. The romance aspect of this book is just one layer, on the surface kind of stuff. I like how Colin put it, “Readers that come for the romantic escapism end up staying for the neatly-concealed, thought-provoking social issues that are brought up.” As I’ve been reading this Austen novel, I’ve liked reading about the social and political aspects as much as the romance. Austen’s acknowledgement of concepts that are longstanding such as social order and etiquette create the relevance of her book. The rules of social order that she addresses are a bit archaic to me, but I can still find ways that they are applicable to other categories such as race. Austen also addresses and sometimes attacks the fundamental flaws of human nature. These are the parts of the book that make me laugh out loud and motivate me to keep reading the unfamiliar structure. By giving these characters — characters you learn to grow attached to as you read their journey — flaws and attributes that we tend to hide from other people, you begin to understand the reasons why people are the way they are a little bit more. This is why it’s still widely popular and relevant today. Those are the parts of the novel that give it that depth that other “love stories” don’t have. To simply label “Pride and Prejudice” as a love story does not do it justice.

  5. The novel, “Pride and Prejudice” written by Jane Austen has been around for over two centuries and it is a surprise to see the relevancy it continues to have in comparison between now and a society from two hundred years ago.

    Although I am not finished with the book, I am beginning to notice that there is much more to the story than it revolving around just the romance aspect. In the article, “Why Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it ever was” published by James Al-Mudallal, he discusses the further observations of why the book is still relevant along with his admiration toward Austen. As he comes to a conclusion, he leans toward the novel’s underlying darker context beyond the whole “perfect love story”.

    In the article it claims that, “Jane Austen was a minute observer of human foibles.” and to add on, was another reason behind the fascination readers have. The novel relies on the many characters and their developing personalities because without them the story would be nothing. Along with Chanel O., I would agree when she says, “By giving these characters — characters you learn to grow attached to as you read their journey — flaws and attributes that we tend to hide from other people, you begin to understand the reasons why people are the way they are a little bit more.” Readers can identify who they relate with most or who they can compare each character with in their everyday lives. It gives the readers a deeper understanding of certain situations.

    Branching off of the characters comes the idea of the multilayers the book possesses. Issues ranging from the class system (rich vs poor), economic dependence, practical marriages, etc. are components that have kept the book relevant and relatable.

  6. In the article Benjamin shared called “Why Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it ever was” by James Al-Mudallal, the various reasons as to why Jane Austen’s famous novel is still popular today are revealed. Like the article mentions, Pride and Prejudice is often looked at as being popular due to its romantic nature with all of the relationships and marriages that take place within the novel. However as you read and analyze deeper, the multilayers of the book factor into how relevant and intriguing it is for readers today.

    In my opinion, one of the main reasons Jane Austen’s novel has withstood time and engrossed readers, is due to the fact that the underlying themes of social issues have adapted throughout societies over time. For example, the issue of upper class vs. middle class is something that is universally relatable for most who read it, and through time this issue is something that has intrigued readers. Having themes and deeper meanings that are relatable in some way, especially over time, is something that I believe keeps the book interesting for audiences. As Collin stated in his blog, “The book’s ability to adapt has made it such a historically fascinating book, and has also maintained its relevancy even after 200 years.” Although there are many factors that contribute to the relevance of this novel today, I believe the culminating reason as to why it is has remained interesting for audiences is because the themes within the novel are adaptable over time.

  7. Pride and Prejudice has been around for many many years and it surprises many to see that it is still such a huge hit in today’s society. Especially since it is based on such a different time frame and different ideal thought, it still brings comparisons to today’s readers.

    I believe the story is so famous because many people have related to it. They’ve related to not only the characters but as well as all of those situations. People have experienced awkward silence, people have overheard things they aren’t supposed to, people have liked someone they shouldn’t or wouldn’t normally, people can see the deeper meanings that the story lays out. In the article, “Why “Pride and Prejudice” is as relevant today is it ever was” by James Al-Mudallal, they said “Her novels are attuned to all those petty ambitions, desires and jealousies we like to think we keep hidden from our peers. We take vicarious pleasure in seeing hypocrites exposed and social climbers ridiculed.” I agree with that statement because I’ve read a couple of chapters and seen a part of the BBC film, and I do see it and I see the relation between their time and ours. In the article they say that in Pride in Prejudice, Austen ,” … still speaks about continuing issues.” The story does have a lot to do with romance, but they talk about society as well as money. They talk about how hard things were in the past and what it was like, and in some cases, things that happen in the book still do happen in real life.

    I agree with Chanel when she says, “Bu giving these characters — characters you learn to grow attached to as you read their journey — flaws and attributes that we tend to hide from other people, you begin to understand the reasons why people are the way they are little bit more.” By doing this, it does give the reader some sort of comfort and more of an understanding of what is going on. They can even picture themselves in that situation. They can also relate to more than one character and it begins this sort of fun way to read along the story.

  8. I believed that Jane Austen has been able keep readers engrossed for so long is because she was ahead of her time. In the book she talks about the social order in her time and to us that is completely astonishing since it longer is relevant. A huge shocking thing is that women are not able to inherit their family’s wealth, only the first male may do that. Another things was that women were only expected to do artisan things like sewing, writing poetry, and playing instruments. In today’s society we have become accustomed to everyone including women should get a job or a profession. In this book there are multi-layers that add more depth and meaning to the story. Just as Collin mentioned, “Readers that come for the romantic escapism end up staying for the neatly-concealed, thought-provoking social issues that are brought up.”

  9. Pride and Prejudice is probably so famous because its the pent up sexual energy of a romantically constipated woman from the 19th century all condensed in a book. I really have no other thoughts as to why it’s so famous. It’s like the mona lisa, like yeah, it’s popular because it was created by a great artist and yeah it was lost for a couple of years, but I think pride and prejudice just got famous because of luck.
    I’d like to write something profound or pseudo intelligent but I really just think the book is horribly boring. So I’d have to disagree when people like Colin say “Readers that come for the romantic escapism end up staying for the neatly-concealed, thought-provoking social issues that are brought up.” I find the premise just like the sixth season of “will they, won’t they” artificial sitcom tension.

  10. The article that Benjamin T. posted for this week talks about the book called “Pride and Prejudice”. First sentence begins with, “Some people think that it the perfect love story.” and the reason I bring this up is because it is not true and that I am very ashamed of those “some people” who think it is a perfect love story. The book does contain romantic content, along with friendship and such, but it is not perfect. Especially, Mrs. Bennett who is most annoying in my opinion.

    To answer the prompt, I believe the two most important qualities that to why readers are fascinated with this book is because of the story it tells and some of the characters that are in it. The reason for the characters is because there young adults at us who is trying to look for love, but cannot find any just like some of Jane’s sisters in the book. And because this is a romantic novel, young adults like us get hooked onto it because we are interested in the ‘juiciness’, the drama, and the cute ‘blushy’ moments. When Samara L. said, “due to the fact that the underlying themes of social issues have adapted throughout societies over time” I agree with because you do see how society was before in terms of marriage, what women and men could or could not do, and how finding the love of your life was. So many things have changed that we see the differences and there are times where we can or cannot relate. Because of this, I come to conclusion that because of the story and its characters are a reason why this novel reaches out to readers.

  11. While I often get lost in Jane Austen’s subplots, I still understand what is happening. As a first time reader of Jane Austen, I am surprised that I can get invested into Pride and Prejudice through its dialogue. While I do not remember everything that was said by the characters, I can recall how I felt as I read. Multiple characters led to multiple different interactions that made me laugh, blush, and get irritated all in one chapter. A sense of relatability not only with the characters, but the situations as well, has made the dialogue intriguing, the political topics impactful, and the characters memorable. While the article does point out Pride and Prejudice as being known for its “darker subplots,” I am glad that Alejandra pointed out the book’s other purpose for being relatable: “It does give the reader some sort of comfort and more of an understanding of what is going on.”

  12. Pride and Prejudice has been around for more than 200 years, even now it is still relevant in today’s society. What makes this book so appealing?

    In the article Professor Marggraf Turley said, “We’re told that it’s a classic and to that extent it’s tried and tested. You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like Jane Austen. But I think why we actually like them is because we see that they are novels that still speak about continuing issues.”

    Like many of my classmates said, the book is multilayered. The story not only revolves around romance and marriage but also on social issues we see in today’s world. Like Jaydalynn said, “the book possesses issues ranging from the class system (rich vs poor), economic dependence, practical marriages, etc. are components that have kept the book relevant and relatable.”

    What also drives the appeal are the characters, their changing personalities is what keeps the story interesting and exciting. These are the factors that make this story still relevant today.

  13. Admittedly, I for myself have never knew the novel, Pride and Prejudice beforehand, let alone ever hearing that sort of name. Anyhow, upon reading and eventually having finished said book, I grew disinterested as the page count was quite extensive and the content ever arduous as the story unfolded. Fortunately, as the class had begun to read the book, Pride and Prejudice became more than just a simple love story. As Collin E. had once stated, “Readers that come for the romantic escapism end up staying for the neatly-concealed, thought-provoking social issues that are brought up.” Collin brought up a nice point to consider. Not only is love a central theme embedded into the plot, there is a pitiful power struggle between social classes with the poor against the wealthy as one example. Like many of my peers, there is hinted an arranged marriage of sorts. Such as Mrs. Bennet seductively and encouraging Jane to wed a prominent man of high fortune, Mr. Bingley. Although it was not the money that entranced Jane to soon marry Mr. Bingley towards the end of the novel, it was in fact simply the cliche moment of love at first sight unlike the prevalent arranged marriage incidents between two families in South East Asia, most notably Cambodia. Nonetheless, the novel has become such a profound place of relevancy among today’s day and age. Ranging with romance like found In Romeo and Juliet to hypocrisy as Heart of Darkness for its interpretation of social classes, this book has withstood the test of time and therefore a classic among classics.

  14. The article Benjamin shared, “Why Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it ever was” is about how the story has stayed so well-known and loved by many people. Personally, I am astonished by the fact that this story is two centuries old and is still so popular.

    One of the main reasons I think this novel has engrossed so many readers today, is because of how the story is written. Many of these types of stories have the same plot line, but the plot is so multi-layered that it keeps the reader interested. While reading, you’re not only following one character, but many at the same time. Collin stated, “The book’s ability to adapt has made it such a historically fascinating book.” I agree with Collin because many themes in the novel have the ability to adapt, to become relevant in today’s society.

  15. Pride and Prejudice was and is a classic which withstood through the test of times. Centuries after it was published it is still relevant, relatable, and entertaining. The beauty about Jane Austen was she wrote not to impress people but she outlined her story from her experience. There is a broad range of characters from Mr. Bingley to Kitty that any reader would find relatability with. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have a relationship that an onlooker would progressively root for. The book also puts into perspective the issues during that time. We see the struggle of the Bennet family trying to maintain ownership of their house by marrying Elizabeth off to Mr. Collins. Mrs. Bennett also tried to raise her daughters to become agreeable women in order to marry off to a stable husband and lead admirable lives. With this being said I agree with, Professor Richard Marggraf Turley from the article “Why Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it ever was” when he said “It’s certainly possible to read Austen’s novels as reassuring escapist fantasies, each book culminating in a marriage that appears to uphold the social order. We also love the fact that Jane Austen was a minute observer of human foibles.”

    Humans like seeing each other’s mistake whilst also watching them persevere through it. Which is why I agree with Chanel O’s statement,“By giving these characters — characters you learn to grow attached to as you read their journey — flaws and attributes that we tend to hide from other people, you begin to understand the reasons why people are the way they are a little bit more.” Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth both have their quirks but they worked around it and found an agreeable ending.

  16. The novel, “Pride and Prejudice” written by Jane Austen is a classic novel that has been around since 1813. The article entitled, “Why Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it ever was” published by James Al-Mudallal, discusses why this novel that has been around for around two centuries still remains relevant in today’s society. Al-Mudallal describes Austen as being one of the greatest writers in in literary history. Al-Mudallal states, “Now, the novel sits next to works by Shakespeare, Dickens and Keats, spawning countless film and television adaptations, fan-fiction stories and Austen societies around the world.”

    In my opinion, the reason why “Pride and Prejudice” has fascinated, and engrossed readers for the past two hundred years is because of the alluring love story, and the tales of the different social classes. Samara states, “The issue of upper class vs. middle class is something that is universally relatable for most who read it, and through time this issue is something that has intrigued readers.” I agree with Samara because, different social classes have existed for centuries, and continues to exist today. This is a huge aspect that makes the novel relatable to the audience, which is why it continues to remain relevant today.

  17. James Al-Mudallal’s article, “Why Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it ever was,” explains why after two centuries, the book is still a success. Despite its romance, I believe that the main reason that the book is still relevant today is because of the topics it covers. Moreover, as Samara L said, “One of the main reasons Jane Austen’s novel has withstood time and engrossed readers is due to the fact that underlying themes of social issues have adapted throughout societies over time.” I agree with that statement because I myself am witness to some of these central themes. For example, classism is still something that exists in the United States just as it did in the time set in Pride and Prejudice. Another example of its relevance is in the abuse of women in today’s society. Women still live in fear of being abused by men just as it shown in Lydia and Wickham’s relationship. No doubt, if society continues to have similar social issues, Pride and Prejudice will continue to be relevant two hundred years from now.

  18. Readers are still captivated by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice today, because of the depth of the characters shown through the restraints of society and similar to what Benji proposed as the “multilayers.” Jane Austen not only presents a timeless story of the world around her, but does it in an unbiased way by analyzing the hypocritical society at the time while simultaneously letting the readers make up their own mind.

    By allowing readers to make up their own view of society at the time, creates a better understanding of the story that permits the readers to absorb it on a personal level. Many readers can associate with the novel on a personal level-especially female readers-because of the way that they can connect to the way that Lizzy has to navigate through a partial world that struggles to view women as equal to men while still maintaining a humorous and graceful attitude that wouldn’t let anybody talk down to her. I agree with what Chanel said, “Austen’s acknowledgement of concepts that are longstanding such as social order and etiquette create the relevance of her book.” The deeper subplots and analysis of a partial social order allow people to relate to the novel making it last for two centuries causing it to be considered a timeless classic.

  19. Jane Austen’s pride and prejudice, written over two centuries ago, is a classic novel that has withstood the test of time and continues to lure its readers into its storyline. The success of the novel was not evident in the beginning, however. As it was explained in the article, Austen revised her work various times and even changed the official name of the novel before it was published. Classic novels often have to have relatable and adaptable characters and storylines in order for them to resonate with its readers for centuries after the work is written.

    In the article, a professor of romanticism and creative writing at Aberystwyth University said [referring to Jane Austen], “Her novels, especially Pride and Prejudice, are often considered to be harmless comedies of manners and morality, always set in polite society. But they actually contain much darker, more subversive subtexts, and we’re still able to respond to these.” In my opinion, this is one of the most convincing reasons of why the novel has remained a classic. For instance, if I wanted to learn more about what a 19th century British Regency society was like, I wouldn’t look to an encyclopedia to give me dry facts and dates; I would much rather read the work of an author whose satirical remarks about the British Regency era give me an honest insight into the time period.

    Another reason why I think Pride and Prejudice has remained a classic is because of its universal concepts of love, pettiness, and gossip. Anyone and everyone can relate to the situations that the characters are put in. Josh makes the point that “because this is a romantic novel, young adults like us get hooked onto it because we are interested in the juiciness, the drama, and the cute blushy moments.”

    It’s not easy for a novel to be considered a classic, but with its universal concepts and intriguing satirical language, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is the epitome of a classic among generations.

  20. Currently, I do not agree with the article “Why Pride and the Prejudice is as relevant today as it was ever” by James Al-Mudallal. I have not completed the book yet, so I cannot make a definite opinion.

    From what I have read from Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s love story is most definitely why I am intrigued by the book. Mr. Darcy is a very standoffish and rude character, which are always my favorite. He is a character who people can either love for his wit, or hate for pride. For Elizabeth, she is an intelligent and caring character. The two characters who seem like complete opposites, mesh so well together. Their chemistry is why I want to keep on reading. Not to mention, all of the other characters are written with such quirks that make them relatable. Like Jaydalynn said, “Readers can identify who they relate with most or who they can compare each character with in their everyday lives”. There is such a wide variety of characters, that a reader can find one whom they relate to.

    Pride and Prejudice, is a timeless book that has transcended through centuries. While the readers are constantly changing, the book remains relevant. The wide range of characters, captivating love story, and multiple plot lines allow Pride and Prejudice to become the classic it is today.

  21. In the article ” Why Pride and Prejudice is as Relevant today as it ever was.” the author explains how a book that is over two centuries is so successful. One of the reasons is that the book shows how society now is completely different then it was before. I agree with Alex V when she states “Pride and Prejudice has remained a classic is because of its universal concepts of love, pettiness, and gossip.” I agree with this statement because even though the book is very old, society can relate to these topics. I also agree with Maryela M when she says “I believed that Jane Austin has been able keep readers engrossed for so long is because she was ahead of her time.”

  22. The qualities that might have fascinated and engrossed the readers are the perfect amount of romance, comedy, the way they met, the setting and how it was well portrayed. The two main qualities that made the novel enjoyable is the romance and the comedy. There was that sweet and sour romance. It was either they gave ugly remarks at each other or trying to show their interesting towards each other. Also with the other characters, some of them were even funny in their own way. Since it has been about 2 centuries that it has been published. People were able to relate to it even now. This novel is famous for its every aspects that the author gave. Like Alejandra said, “I believe the story is so famous because many people have related to it.” With this is able to make this novel fun to read.

  23. The qualities which engross the readers of ‘pride and prejudice’ include a wide array depending on the perspective of each individual. Some get off with the romance, some get off with the comedy and others enjoy observing the class distinctions. Though I agree with Karen when she says, “the two main qualities that made the novel enjoyable is the romance and the comedy.” In answer to the prompt the multiple layered content incited our interest, the romance and comedy is by far the most alluring aspect of this read. The clever remarks and interactions keep us intrigued, on top of that there is a strong plot with a living society and its distinct social hierarchies. The setting allows readers to have different perspectives and gives us a sense of heightened perception in comparison to the characters.

  24. The novel “Pride and Prejudice” has stayed a well known and extremely relative book for more than just its supposed strong structure. According to the article, the story that unfolds in this novel is one that exposes the dark subplot in a seemingly safe book that conforms to society’s beliefs at the time. I strongly believe that it is this exposure of a different side to a story that has kept people reading for two centuries. People look to books to find some sort of an escape that will enable them to take a step into the shoes of another person’s life. That being said, the relatability to pride and prejudice that has been more than clearly displayed over the past two hundred years is something that keeps the readers flowing in as well. This seemingly effortless combination of storytelling has to be the key to making a successful book that will survive the test of time. Collin says it better than I could myself when he states that Pride and Prejudice is a “Combination of literary alchemy.” After having read a portion the story myself it seems a little more simple to understand where the passion for this book comes from. The characters in the story are well written and play off each other in a manner that slow but surely drags you deeper into their lives.

  25. In the article written by James Al-Mudallal titled “Why Pride and Prejudice is as relevant today as it ever was” he brings up the thought provoking question, what is it that keeps readers reading Pride and Prejudice? In my opinion I believe it depends on the reader’s taste in literature. I for one am a hopeless romantic, so reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been a pleasure so far. Being able to view how relationships were back in the day with the middle and upper-class in England has been very intriguing. To be able to view how due to financial hardships and property issues some people were forced to marry a stranger was really eye opening, being that in today’s relationships we choose who we want and usually we do it for love. Another factor that has contributed to why I keep reading Pride and Prejudice is because I am obsessed with all things British, so being able to read a book within that scene is fun. As much as I would love to say that the romance and the cute british boys is what kept me going I agree with what Colin said “Readers that come for the romantic escapism end up staying for the neatly-concealed, thought-provoking social issues that are brought up.” I believe that reading the different events that have happened in regards to their social standing has kept me turning the pages.

  26. Developing romance, rising conflict, and mannerisms of the characters created in such a way that still contains relevance in today’s date. The decision of Jane Austen to produce characters with such depth and charisma really intrigue the reader into understanding what people acted like back in the days. Along with this, many of the reasons it is still relevant today is the problems created in the novel are very much relevant today. In the article, created by James Al-Mudallal, he expresses his point of view on the subject and lets the readers know the reasons for the popularity of the novel, even though it’s been over 200 years since its release,and how it relates to modern society

    In my opinion, I believe that readers are intrigued by the novel because of its ability to express love and the specific feelings that go hand in hand with romance. Jane Austen does a great job at conveying the emotions in a relationship and allowing for a perfect relationship to form. By seeing the pretentious mannerisms of a man before confessing to a woman of his love and seeing the actions taken by a gentleman towards a lady, we are captivated by the methods of acceptance and wish to have that reflected in our lives.

    Truth is people are still intruged by mannerisms they see, or wish to see , in themselves. As Bruce stated, “The qualities which engross the readers of ‘pride and prejudice’ include a wide array depending on the perspective of each individual.” Every individual enjoys terms about themselves expressed in different genres. Although Pride and Prejudice is set in a much different era, the actions taken at that time are still enforced today, thus making it an enjoyable novel

  27. Developing romance, rising conflict, and mannerisms of the characters created in such a way that still contains relevance in today’s date. The decision of Jane Austen to produce characters with such depth and charisma really intrigue the reader into understanding what people acted like back in the days. Along with this, many of the reasons it is still relevant today is the problems created in the novel are very much relevant today. In the article, created by James Al-Mudallal, he expresses his point of view on the subject and lets the readers know the reasons for the popularity of the novel, even though it’s been over 200 years since its release,and how it relates to modern society

    In my opinion, I believe that readers are intrigued by the novel because of its ability to express love and the specific feelings that go hand in hand with romance. Jane Austen does a great job at conveying the emotions in a relationship and allowing for a perfect relationship to form. By seeing the pretentious mannerisms of a man before confessing to a woman of his love and seeing the actions taken by a gentleman towards a lady, we are captivated by the methods of acceptance and wish to have that reflected in our lives.

    Truth is people are still intruged by mannerisms they see, or wish to see , in themselves. As Bruce stated, “The qualities which engross the readers of ‘pride and prejudice’ include a wide array depending on the perspective of each individual.” Every individual enjoys terms about themselves expressed in different genres. Although Pride and Prejudice is set in a much different era, the actions taken at that time are still enforced today, thus making it an enjoyable novel.

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