Bride and Prejudice

1 Analysis of the Book

As with most of Jane Austen’s novels, the theme of love is most prevalent with social standing being the supporting theme to the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. Throughout the novel both Darcy and Elizabeth must overcome obstacles in the way of their love like Elizabeth’s social standing for Darcy and Darcy’s bad first impression for Elizabeth. They also face the possible corruption of their relationship through the interference of other characters for their own selfish reasons. Through the thee of love Austen is able to dictate to the readers that only through the abandonment of social conventions as a way to find a mate and the mediation of outside forces and opinions can love be formed.

 

2 Analysis of the Film

Through the extrasensory extravaganza that is Bride and Prejudice the theme of love delayed by cultural and circumstances is the focus of the movie. Darcy and Lalita seem to the audience to be perfect for one another, but because of other people’s desires they are kept angry and distant from one another. The theme of cultural acceptance is another major theme as the love between Darcy and Lalita would not be able to develop is Darcy didn’t put aside his irrational dislike of India and Indians in general and learn to accept Lalita for the independent Indian woman she is, while Lalita needed to show her parents that a white American is not an unsuitable mate based solely on his heritage.

 

3 Analysis of the Adaptation

Unlike the novel, the Bollywood production seems to introduce more theatrics to the plot. This can be seen in situations like the fight between Darcy and Johnny when they are fighting in time with a fight on the screen of a Bollywood production and extreme situations involving Johnny where he had already got Georgina pregnant then wanted to date Lakhi. There are also slight changes in the challenges that face Darcy and Lalita as opposed to the ones which face Darcy and Elizabeth in the novel, such as ethnicity and race. While Darcy is wealthy and owns his own business allowing him to be able to support Lalita, he is American and often speaks bad about India and Indians which impedes their relationship since Darcy had to prove himself to Lalita, though Darcy had to reclaim his presence with Elizabeth after his bad first impression as well in the novel.

 

 

4 Online Research

http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0705/06-mathur.php

This source looks at how the director of the movie meshed American cinema with Indian cinema to replicate the book in a culturally hybrid way.

 

http://susanmcmovies.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/pride-and-prejudice-vs-bride-and-prejudice/

This source is a blog post comparing the American movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice with Bride and Prejudice as well as each movie with the source text.

 

http://www.futureleaders.com.au/young_writers/pdf/What_Difference_Writing/Sara_McCasker.pdf

This source compares the social standings of women within the time Austen wrote her novel and customs of Indian women within families. It also talks about cultural assumptions which can be matched with the novel’s assumption based on class. The idea of marriage and love is also discussed in terms of the differing opinions characters based on its function in society and within a person’s life. The analysis also discusses the adaption of Lalita from Elizabeth as modern thinking independent women.

 

 

5 Critical Argument

The issue of the book Pride and Prejudice and the movie it was subsequently based off of, Bride and Prejudice, can be taken into two different ways as both have strong female leads who are independent, but ultimately succumb to marriage, though their marriage does not interfere with their ability to be self sufficient making this a feminist text. While both Elizabeth and Lalita both marry their love interests eventually, they do so in a way that is not compromising to their womanhood or independence as a person. Throughout both plots the women stay strong in their convictions and do not allow them to be influenced by opinions which they feel have no ground and marry only when they feel their partner has proved themselves and is reliable. The ability to choose a partner for a woman in the 18th century is almost unheard of, since the cultural custom was for the parents of the man and the parents of the woman to come to an agreement of how a marriage between their children would be beneficial to each family and to the children being wed. This shows Elizabeth to be a very strong woman full of convictions which she whole heartedly believes to be true or she would have went for a safer bet in marriage and allowed her mother to set her up with a man she found suitable for her daughter, instead of Elizabeth choosing to be with Darcy after she believed he proved himself to be a good person. The same idea goes for Lalita who very easily could have allowed her parents to set her up with a man to marry, but instead she showed herself able to forgive, give second chances to a man who didn’t seem perfect at first, but was able to show her his worth and give her the ability to choose her own spouse. Though each woman ended up married, they set their own conditions for the marriage and their own standards for a mate showing that they have self-worth and confidence which gives them the power to choose their own fates and husbands.

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2 comments

  1. I like your critical argument showing how these women (Elizabeth and Lalita) proved to be independent and self-sufficient women. They both had a saying in their own lives and in choosing with whom they wanted to be with. I’m not too sure about the whole “succumbing” to marriage idea, though. For Lalita, she had nothing against marriage and did not dread the idea of marriage, rather, did not really care for the idea of it. Saying that she succumbed to marriage makes it sound like she was resisting the idea of marriage altogether.

  2. Good analysis of the book, film, and adaptation. Great finds in the online research. The critical argument paragraph is a good attempt, though the thesis statement is too unwieldy and too long, which leads to a diffuse paragraph. Your thesis statement:

    The issue of the book Pride and Prejudice and the movie it was subsequently based off of, Bride and Prejudice, can be taken into two different ways as both have strong female leads who are independent, but ultimately succumb to marriage, though their marriage does not interfere with their ability to be self sufficient making this a feminist text.

    How about something like:

    In both Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and in Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood adaptation of Austen’s novel, the heroine marries the hero, but on her own terms, making both the book and film feminist.

    That’s better, but an even better thesis would focus on a difference between the book and the film re: feminism.

    10/10. Joseph Byrne. ENGL329B.

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