Pride and PrejudiceBrazilian author Paulo Coelho once stated that “Love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person. It is not just a strong feeling, it is a decision, a judgement, and a promise.” But what happens when pride and prejudice clouds our vision and judgement? First published in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice aptly illustrates the nature of courtship and marriage in 19th century England. In a novel about pride, vanity, love and prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet embodies an atypical, strong, character in a society where most women are more often conventional and traditional. In Pride and Prejudice a high born gentleman named Mr. Darcy falls in love with Elizabeth whose family is far beneath him socially and they must both overcome obstacles, misunderstandings, and delusions in order to realize their attraction and suitability to marry. This novel, although having thousands of imitators, stands alone as the original romantic comedy of manners with a profound, and profoundly unsentimental, understanding of human nature. Hence, it is in my opinion a classic that has yet to be outdone.”It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”Narrator, Volume I: Chapter 1In the opening line of the novel, Austen reveals two elementary themes of Pride and Prejudice: marriage and class. In the universe of Pride and Prejudice, individuals are distinguished by their marital qualifications and economical assets. The opening line reveals Jane Austen’s satirical approach to matrimony. Conjointly, the irony in this line conceals an implicative criticism. The line’s semantic focus is on “a single man . . . in want of a wife,” whereas the novel is centralized on the female characters and their endeavor to succeed within this oppressive patriarchy. Each Miss Bennet knows that without a husband of decent means and status, she risks living a life as a powerless and potentially destitute spinster. That Austen can imply such a desperate reality in a superficially breezy and straightforward line is evidence of her mastery.