I can’t promise that this will be my last post on this subject, but it’ll at least be the last for awhile!
Fellas, here’s a true story. The boys in my 9th grade class complained incessantly about having to read P&P. It’s girly! It’s a love story! Is this a kissing book? But you know what? We kept at it, I kept pointing them to the male characters, some funny, some pathetic, some admirable, and they started seeing it as a book for men — a book that almost reads as a guide to manliness and a caution against its distortions. After we finished it, we started Gulliver’s Travels, a much more traditionally “boyish” book, and the first day of our discussion on it, one boy piped up and said, “Miss Roberts, I wish we could spend another week on Pride and Prejudice,” to which the rest of the boys added their agreement, recollecting their favorite characters and moments in the book.
So without further ado, ten reasons (from my students) that men should read Pride and Prejudice.
1. It’s funny.
2. It gives you a “how to” AND a “how not to” on proposing marriage.
3. Mr. Bingley is awesome.
4. It’s a great story.
5. It’s a psychological cross-section of people.
6. It teaches you how not to be a man (Mr. Collins, Darcy at first, Wickham).
7. It teaches you how to be a man (Darcy as the story develops, Bingley, Mr. Gardiner).
8. You can’t be really well-read without having read it.
9. It’s full of witty insults you can imitate.
10. It gives examples of women you should go after and women you should leave alone.
Straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth! 😉