My favorite Austen novel. Who can resist Elizabeth's quick wit and keen intelligence?
The themes explored by Austen are relevant to her day-- and arguMy favorite Austen novel. Who can resist Elizabeth's quick wit and keen intelligence?
The themes explored by Austen are relevant to her day-- and arguably to today. I truly admire Elizabeth for refusing to marry Darcy the first time around. She holds herself higher than marrying without love or respect for her partner. And I love that she calls him out for being no gentleman. I think that's when he probably really starts to love her.
Austen isn't a light read. To an inattentive reader, it might seem that the novel is really about gold digging "a single man possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" but this is just Austen's tongue in cheek laugh at her world and society. It's a bright and sparkly read really, with a fairy tale ending for Elizabeth-- only just thanks to silly, stupid Lydia. And that's where Austen's commentary on women's education and dependence paints the world a little blacker and balances this happy tale in realism. ...more
All right, so I guess I have to review a novel I know entire passages of off by heart. My original copy was so beat up I had to trash it, but I do havAll right, so I guess I have to review a novel I know entire passages of off by heart. My original copy was so beat up I had to trash it, but I do have another new copy.
Despite the fact that this is a classic, I'm shocked that people actually like Scarlett. Many people I've spoken to hate her completely, and since I've always been the one defending her, I guess I thought I'd see more reviews of people putting her down instead of praising her. Because Scarlett must be praised. My friend and I had a heated discussion about the seventh Harry Potter book; I was annoyed that the Slytherins had no sense of honour and abandoned everyone at the darkest hour and my friend pointed out, quite rightly, that they were survivalists. Well, so is Scarlett. To everyone who looks down their noses at her, thinking her a heartless bitch out for money, I say to them, she had to survive. And she had to make sure everyone else in the family would too. Yes, she did some God awful things like marry Frank when he loved Suellen, but what of it? As Rhett pointed out, she couldn't have done otherwise. Who the hell else was going to keep the wolf from Tara's door if not Scarlett? In times such as those, who didn't do things that were uncomfortable and just plain out wrong? In those times, what would any of us do? Genteelly starve? Not those who are bred survivors like Scarlett! Honour serves you poorly in times like that, especially when it's a shield against an already lost war. So yes, I too admire Scarlett. I only regret she had her head in the sand about that spineless Ashley for the entire novel. I suppose in such a stark reality, she had to have one dream to cling on to. If there is one person we ought pity in this story, it's her. And Rhett, of course. His sufferings are great, but out of them all, I think he's the sort who might survive and that's why he loved Scarlett so, and why at the end, I know their story isn't over. I've always rather thought he lied when he said he doesn't give a damn. Survivors will do that, lie blatantly to get by, and Rhett's an old hand at that. I can't much love or pity either of them, but I admire their sheer will to live. And they wouldn't need my pity, they'll get by quite nicely one way or another. The only one I love really is Melanie. She is all goodness and loyalty and honour, and those are traits I have to love. She is not spineless, or stupid or naive. Rhett is perfectly right when he says she has too much goodness in her to conceive of anything less in others, and she has a will of iron. She defends Scarlett so wonderfully, with such strategic tactics that anyone who says she's spineless or stupid needs to read this book again. Carefully.