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Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice is a complex novel that relates the events surrounding the relations lives and loves of a middle-upper class English family in the late nineteenth century Because of the detailed descriptions of the events surrounding the life of the main character of the story Elizabeth Bennet Pride and Prejudice is a very involving novel whose title is very indicative of the themes contained therein The first volume opens in the Bennet household at Longbourn in England As there are five unmarried daughters living in the home at the time the matron of the family Mrs Bennet is quite interested when news of a wealthy man moving to Netherfield a place in the near vicinity Mrs Bennet in the best interest of her daughters soon after begins urging her husband to meet with the newly arrived neighbor a Mr Bingley but he is quite reluctant to do so Soon after MrBennet surprises his daughters and his wife by announcing that he had visited Netherfield and found Bingley to be quite agreeable The interest of the Bennet daughters arises when they learn that certain members of the Bingley party will be in attendance at an upcoming ball in Meryton At the ball acquaintances between the families are made and all find both MrBingley and his cousin Fitzwilliam Darcy to be exceedingly handsome however Darcys pride is so irritating and repulsive it makes his character almost totally disagreeable It is at this ball however that the oldest Bennet daughter Jane becomes involved with MrBennet her younger sister Elizabeth however falls victim to Mr Darcys pride and is shunned by him during the entire ball Beginning with this event Elizabeth forms a prejudice towards Mr Darcy that will prevent her future involvement with him It is here then that the two main themes of he work pride and prejudice are first presented Soon after the ball it becomes obvious that Mr Bingleys feelings towards Jane
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