Pride and Prejudice: A Partial Dissection and Complete Recommendation

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’.

With Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen weaves a tale of simplicity and wit, managing to turn a story of domesticity and norm into a complex study of the human character and its self-imposed obligations to society.

The title, Pride and Prejudice, echoes two vices which threaten to nullify the innumerable virtues which reside within Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Darcy, a privileged and snobbish man who possesses great…

“Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby”- George Bernard Shaw

Being a novice to literary drama, (my experience being limited to Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’), I approached Pygmalion with excitement and apprehension apiece. For the very first time, I annotated, highlighted and completed a text within a single sitting!

A scene from the play in which Henry Higgins attempts to improve Eliza’s accent by making her speak with marbles over her tongue. A tried and tested technique used to treat speech impairments such as stuttering.

George Bernard Shaw’s sardonic diction formed the basis for the story of Eliza Doolittle and how she overcame her colloquialism under the mentorship of the infamous Henry Higgins... A timeless tale of a young, brash woman from the Cockney slums of London and her relationship…

William Shakespeare’s infamous sonnet 73, is a heart wrenching expression of a man past his prime, gingerly enquiring if he will be loved as ardently as he was during his youth. Shakespeare, being notorious for the delicate manner by which he weaves metaphor into his poetry has done the same with sonnet 73, making it a pleasant and tangible work for one to read several centuries subsequent to its publication.

Sonnet 73

The vulnerability being expressed by the narrator is suggestive of his humble nature and causes me to internally swoon at his adorable hesitancy and uncertainty about whether he is still…

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter - often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter - in the eye.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

An exceptional tale, petrifyingly ahead of its times, pursues the mournful albeit meaningful life of a young girl in nineteenth century Britain —Jane Eyre.

Orphaned and vilified, Jane has little to cushion her harsh formative years. Banished to an institution with a draconian headmaster and scrupulous regime, she perseveres to the best of her abilities whilst being subject to agonizing atrocities and neglect, until, years later, she crosses the threshold of Thornfield Hall.

Encompassed within a…

Diya Bahukhandi

I love words and their speakers.

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