I read Pride and Prejudice for my Advanced Level English and listened to its audiobook recently. I have watched the two movies on the same novel and the Indian adaptation, Bride and Prejudice too. I still prefer the paperback book over all other formats.
The novel explains how hypocritical men and women can be when it comes to relationships and how best Jane Austen has analyzed the characters in the novel. Being an unmarried woman, Austen must have had a great sense of people and their behavior to understand their inner souls.
Two characters of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy stand out the rest of the characters in the novel. Characters of Mr. Bennet, Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Collins, Mr. Wickham, etc. do contribute a lot to the novel but the earlier two are the most significant.
Getting a good ‘market prize’ for a girl in the marriage market is not an easy thing to a mother, especially if she has several daughters. One might sympathize with Mrs. Bennet simply due to that reason and many don’t see any other reason people should have empathy towards her.
Mr. Bennet is the average calm and quiet husband and father we often see in the society but one cannot avoid the feeling that he doesn’t care enough for his daughters except for Elizabeth, his favorite. She is the only sensible girls out of all and wins all battles for her favor at the end of the novel.