A modern-day summary of a classic tale: Pride and Prejudice
I’m digging this new short YouTube series where classic literature is broken down by a ‘gangsta’. The contemporary storytelling method is designed to assist millennials and younger generations to understand and appreciate the universal themes penned by Jane Austen, from what might otherwise be inaccessible prose as the vernacular changes more and more with the digital age.
This video breaks down Austen’s second novel, Pride and Prejudice, which just happened to be announced yesterday as the “The Nation’s Favourite Second Novel” by The Royal Society of Literature.
With so many modern adaptations and appropriations such as the one featuring Keira Knightley or the 21st century ass-kicking female protagonist of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, there was bound to be a twist on the retelling of this classic love story.
“Jane be straight trippin cuz Bingley peaced outta town with no explanation.”
Even I can’t keep up with all the characters and their relationships after the first read-through so here’s a diagram that you can reference:
I thought I’d seen most of them until I saw this truly brilliant Thug Notes Summary and Analysis video of Pride and Prejudice.
Sparky Sweets, Ph.D., the host, then proceeds to summarize Jane Austen’s novel in hip-hop parlance, peppered with vulgarity and insensitive, albeit deftly comical references. According to Sweets, the book is about “Elizabeth Bennett and her fine sisters.” Darcy and Bingley are referred to as “hood-rich cats,” and Wickham is referred to as a “smooth-talking soldier boy.”
The unconventional approach captivates young people, and many students will feel as if teachers are attempting to speak to them rather than at them. The language is coarse, but it’s no different from what they hear on the radio every day in hip-hop songs.
Pride and Prejudice Thug Notes summary and analysis may not have anything revolutionary to say, but it does engage the reader. It sneaks literary analysis in through witty vernacular, astute observation, and affable confidence.
Thug Notes, a parody of CliffsNotes, is both educational and humorous, getting to the heart of classic texts like Crime and Punishment and The Great Gatsby and encouraging readers to develop their own understanding of the book.
Thug Notes originally started off as an idea and a joke, but the joke now is that there is no joke.
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