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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Year: 1813

Famous for: Simpering fools, a spunky heroine, perhaps the greatest love story of all time.

Main character: Elizabeth Bennet—the most thoughtful and appealing of the Bennet sisters … but her own pride still gets her in trouble.

The scoop:

When it comes to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the biggest complaint the 60second Recap hears is that Pride and Prejudice will never appeal to boys.

Maybe that’s because the Bennets—the family at the center of Pride and Prejudice—are a family with five daughters. Maybe it’s because Pride and Prejudice is known for its love stories—like the romance between spunky Elizabeth Bennet and the proud Mr. Darcy.

But hang on, guys. Because what if we were to tell you that the story of Pride and Prejudice is about so much more than romance. What if we were to tell you that Jane Austen was a social critic—and a satirist? Would you give us 60 seconds to make our case?

(Don’t worry, ladies, there’s plenty in Pride and Prejudice for you, too.)


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