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by Ellen Gillingham

Bride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a satirical novel that deals with romances and reputations as they were viewed in late eighteenth-century England.  Romantic relationships are haunted with prejudices the characters have of one another.  In addition, Austen satirizes social connections as a main theme in the novel.  For example, she over emphasized how seriously people take reputation, which in turn, illuminates how arrogant attitudes are clearly ridiculous.

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Gurinder Chadha bases Bride and Prejudice, a multicultural Bollywood/Hollywood musical film, on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  It uses a dancing musical style to create a “feel good” mood.  Chadha uses this filmic technique to communicate a complicated theme entertainingly.  The theme of global culture and economic globalization is present at certain points, along with views of imperialism.

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Bride and Prejudice is an interesting adaption because it adds a new setting with multicultural, Bollywood/Hollywood, and musical elements to Austen’s work.  The film is faithful to the novel in the sense that the characters appear to counterpart those in the book.  However, one challenge in the adaption is Austen’s unique narrative voice, which does not translate well to the film.  A film can attempt to capture the narrative style with voice-over technology or other actions, but nothing can compare to the experience of reading narrations in a novel.  In addition, Bride and Prejudice deals more with issues of culture and economics more so than the novel, which focuses on class and gender.  It seems that Chadha may have desired to use the characters to communicate personal themes.

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http://feministfilmcritic.blogspot.com/2005/04/bride-and-prejudice.html

This blog shares insights on Bride and Prejudice focusing on audiences, character relationships, and other discrepancies.

https://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/3069?mode=full&submit_simple=Show+full+item+record

https://bora.uib.no/bitstream/1956/3069/1/51476169.pdf

This publication gives an in depth look at Bride and Prejudice analyzing dialogue, culture, and dialect with a feminist perspective.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/15261296/Film-Analysis-Bride-and-Prejudice

This film analysis of Bride and Prejudice looks at a variety of filmic aspects such as, camera angles, sound and music, and important characters.

This film analysis is important to understanding Bride and Prejudice because it sheds light on a variety of filmic aspects that make the movie unique.  For example, it looks at different camera angles and their effects on the film.  The information is basic, but broad as it includes color, sound, camera angles, the title, themes, important characters, and setting of the film.  The analysis’s strong point is the color analysis because it was a striking characteristic .

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Once again in one of our films gender comes into play. Would you argue that Bride and Prejudice is feminist, or not? What about Pride and Prejudice?

Both Bride and Prejudice and Pride and Prejudice make attempts at feminist characteristics.  However, Bride and Prejudice, a film adaption of Pride and Prejudice, has feminist attempts that are less successful.  The film uses a female main character, who opposes an arranged marriage.  This feminist idea is undermined by the ultimately trite boy-rescues-girl story line that moves the themes far away from feminist.  Pride and Prejudice includes chivalry along with a satiric tone to illuminate feminist themes.  For example, the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth is portrayed as mutual love that escapes the norms of the time.  By communicating feminist ideas in this way, Jane Austen has made a subtle statement about inequality and customs of the time, whereas Gurinder Chadha has merely attempted at modern feminist themes, but challenged them with a story full of triteness.

“I thank you for my share of the favour, but I do not particularly like your way of getting husbands.”

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2 comments on “Bride and Prejudice

  1. doctorzap
    June 10, 2012

    I agree with your response to the critical prompt. Austen’s novel did place more focus on feminist’s characteristics such as independence and free choice but at the same time it composed a relationship that was out of the norm, which was seen dramatically during the late Victorian era. Maybe the time period of Austen’s novel contributed to the feminist elements because of this big women movement. Bride and Prejudice on the other hand just focused on going against arranged marriages and (as seen in my blog assignment) the differences in race and culture.

  2. lordbyrne
    June 15, 2012

    Good analysis. Your online research links are OK, but there a little too much like reviews. Trying seeing what else you can find. Your critical analysis argument paragraph should start with a thesis statement–something more like your final sentence of that paragraph. 9/10. JB.

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