“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” -from Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice, published in 1813, distinctively free of explicit symbolism, follows the protagonist Elizabeth Bennet. Austen deals with the issues of behaviour, upbringing, education, morality, and marriage in a society of the gentry of early 19th century England by depicting a world where society takes an interest in private virtues of its individuals and bringing into play themes like pride, prejudice, family, class and self-knowledge.
In Pride and Prejudice, one of the most cherished love stories in English literature, Jane Austen suggests that the power of true love may overcome class limitations and any prejudices. Through succeeding in bringing down the 19th century British view of marriage, she leaves this very classic behind for us to enjoy.