Why The Hell is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Still Relevant?

Ishaan Bakshi
3 min readFeb 21, 2023

First of all, let’s just acknowledge the elephant in the room: Pride and Prejudice is a book that has been around for over 200 years, and yet people still read it. What kind of sorcery is this? Surely, it can’t be that good, can it?

Well, after forcing myself to read it (and by “forcing” I mean I had to switch off Netflix for a few hours), I can confirm that it is actually a pretty good book. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a barrel of laughs. This is no Bridget Jones’s Diary, my friends. No, Pride and Prejudice is a serious novel about serious things, like marriage, social status, and how to properly curtsy.

My Experiments With Pride and Prejudice

The story follows the Bennet family, who are desperately trying to marry off their five daughters. But things get complicated when the proud Mr. Darcy shows up and clashes with the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet. Will they ever be able to overcome their differences and find true love? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out. (Or, you know, just watch the movie. I won’t tell anyone.)

One of the things that struck me about this book is just how polite everyone is. I mean, even when they’re insulting each other, they do it in the most polite way possible. It’s like they’re playing a game of “who can be the most passive-aggressive?” And let me tell you, they are all winners in that game.

Simping on Mr. Darcy?

But let’s talk about the real star of the show: Mr. Darcy. This guy is the epitome of brooding, and he’s so proud he could put a peacock to shame. But despite all that, we can’t help but root for him and Elizabeth to end up together. Maybe it’s because we’re all suckers for a good love story, or maybe it’s because we all secretly want to be swept off our feet by a moody billionaire (just me? Okay then).

The other characters in the book are equally entertaining, from the gossiping Mrs. Bennet to the creepy Mr. Collins. And let’s not forget about Lydia, the wild child of the family who manages to get herself into all sorts of trouble. Honestly, if they made a reality show about the Bennet family, I would watch the heck out of it.

Why Should You Read Pride and Prejudice?

If you’re looking for a good read that will make you laugh out loud, Pride and Prejudice might not be the book for you. But if you’re looking for a classic novel that will transport you to a different time and place, and make you feel all the feels, then give it a shot. Who knows, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about proper etiquette (or, more likely, you’ll just be grateful you don’t have to live in a time where social status was everything).

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Ishaan Bakshi

“I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot” — JD Salinger