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Bride and Prejudice and Pride and Prejudice
Transcript of Bride and Prejudice and Pride and Prejudice
UNDERSTANDING HOW TO FURTHER INTERPRET AND MAKE MEANING OF TEXTS. By Melissa Donnelly A Brief Context of "Pride and Prejudice" Context of "Bride and Prejudice" Print text: Pride and Prejudice
Adapted text: Bride and Prejudice What makes a text significant? - It's ability to transcend time and culture
- The views presented in the text can be applicable to the societal perceptions held nowadays.
- The values shown through the characters are perennial those of human nature.
- It has ethical significance
- Characters have desirable traits - Novel was first published in 1813.
- Social etiquette of the 19th century setting varies greatly from modern day.
- Social status determined by wealth
- Marriage was a "social contract" rather than love of free will.
- Marriage was arranged and it was considered "improper" to marry someone removed from your social class.
- Set in the "Puritan" era - Produced in 2004
- Set in India with a Bollywood setting
- Arranged marriage
- Class distinctions are evident
- Music and dance in scenes
- Marriage regarded as important What contextual similarities do the two texts have? - Class barriers are clearly evident
- Marriage essentially determined your "social rank"
- Reputation of a woman was determined by her choice of husband
- The importance of unity in a family
- The characters hold similar values What characters mirror each other in both texts? The characters in the modern day Bollywood context hold values that mirror the attributes of the characters in Austen's context. Lalita and Elizabeth
Will Darcy to Mr Darcy
Johnny Wickham to Mr George Wickham
Mr Balraj to Mr Bingley
Mr Bakshi to Mr Bennet
Mrs Bakshi to Mrs Bennet
Jaya to Jane
Mr Kholi to Mr Collins What values were present and regarded highly in Austen's context?
How were the values manipulated through characterization in Bride and Prejudice?
How does this assist an understanding of the texts through the eyes of a 21st century audience? Elizabeth:
Values her family highly
Sees a man as a burden on her identity
Wants to be seen as an individual determined by her own actions and emotions, not by her husband and his possessions.
Throughout both texts the concept of finding a wealthy husband is greatly obvious. The opening line of Pride and Prejudice quotes, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." The context of Austen's novel being set in the Puritan era, reflects the social belief at the time that a husbands wealth ultimately determined the way a woman was perceived by others. Throughout Bride and Prejudice the line, "No life without a wife" is repeatedly sang and spoken. The following is a selection of video shows the Bakshi sisters singing to Lalita "No Life Without Wife". During the song Lalita quotes, "I just want a man who wants equality and not control". This relates to the concept of gender equality which can be explored in a greater depth. Both Elizabeth and Lalita can be seen as feminists
as they both believe a woman should be in control
of her own destiny. When Mr Collins proposes to
Elizabeth, she realizes that she is not suited to a life with him despite his wealth and admiration from her mother.
She quotes "You could not make me happy, and I am convinced I am the last woman in the world who would make you so". To refuse such a proposal from a man of good fortune was a concept unheard of at the time. Elizabeth's courage to take a stance and stay true to her desires despite the pressure of accepting his hand
brought on by her mother and the social expectations around her, proves she is a character of bravery and self defiance embodying a strong female. In "Bride and Prejudice" , the Bollywood genre of singing and dancing is incorporated. Colourful costumes, bustling cultural atmosphere and musical scenes are seen throughout the movie. In a 21st century Indian culture, customs and communal gatherings are part of life. This varies from Austens "Pride and Prejudice" as the 18th century setting of English heritage was more a time of conservationism. The opening party scenes in both films vary greatly and this is shown through the dress, dance movements and formality of dialogue used. Similarly, when Lalita rejects the proposal of the extroverted boastful Indian heart surgeon Mr Kholi, she is told by her mother that she will never be spoken to by her again. The concept of an arranged marriage is told through the modern day context of Indian cultural requisite. Lalita believes that she should be able to decide her husband for herself and without the pressure of her mothers opinion. Mrs Bakshi, like Mrs Bennet, is obsessive over her setting up her daughters with wealthy Indian men. Her whiny attitude and pessimistic outlook arises whenever her daughters disapprove of her controlling nature. Mrs Bakshi quotes, "I will end up living in that rotten house, full of spinsters with no grandchildren." The following clip is a trailer of "Bride and Prejudice": Let us begin... The following is the tralier: "The themes of Jane Austen's novels are a 'perfect fit' for a Bollywood style film"
"I chose Pride and Prejudice because I feel 200 years ago, England was no different than Amritsar today"
Gurinder Chada (director of Bride and Prejudice) What makes Chadha's film an adaptation? - Characters have similar values and similar names. e.g. Both texts have a Mr Darcy, an over controlling mother and four sisters.
- Events roughly parallel those in the novel but differ in way song and dance replaces dialogue and in depth conversation for character expression.
-Plot essentially the same: A mother determined to marry off her daughters to respectable men.
- Two main characters attract but their relationship is punctured with conceitedness, arrogance and intolerance. We've had a brief look at the social context of the 21st century and Puritan era. Lets now explore the historical context... - A Post colonial outlook:
Britian had ruled over India for some time. Interestingly, the only villian in Bride and Prejudice is Mr Wickham, a British backpacker who set about stealing away the youngest daughter. Mr Wickham's English heritage could possibly be interpreted as a fault from an Indian perspective thereby in turn giving him a flawed identity. One responds to a text through their interpretation of the form , style and values presented. Texts are structured for particular purposes e.g. to retell, instruct, entertain and argue.
An individuals ability to relate to the personal, social, cultural and aesthetics determines what they take away from the text and specifically the enrichment of their understanding. Now for the activity! Lalita differs from Elizabeth in the respect that she is more opinionated and outgoing. She mirrors Elizabeth's devotion to her family and physical beauty. To finish off...
Basically the two texts I have chosen are similar, in
both plot and themes, what varies is the cultural setting.
Finally, lets take a look at the relationship between text and context, responder and composer.