Pride and Prejudice: The 2005 Film, Pride and Prejudice, Starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen Is the Most Recent Hollywood Adaption of the Book.

Pride and Prejudice: The 2005 Film, Pride and Prejudice, Starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen Is the Most Recent Hollywood Adaption of the Book.

Author: Jane Austen

Format: Paperback

Pages: 542 pages

ISBN: 9781973432722

Published: November 30th 2017

The 2005 film, Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen is the most recent Hollywood adaption of the book. Mr. Bennet of the Longbourn estate has five daughters, but his property is entailed, meaning that none of the girls can inherit it. His wife has no fortune, so it is imperative that at least one of the girls marry well in order to support the others on his death. Jane Austen's opening line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" is a sentence filled with irony and playfulness. The novel revolves around the necessity of marrying for love, not simply for monetary reasons, despite the social pressures to make a good [i.e. wealthy] match. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, with over 20 million copies sold, and paved the way for many archetypes that abound in modern literature. Continuing interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.