The Similarities Between the Novel and Film Version of "Pride and Prejudice"

Essay by Manik1High School, 10th gradeA+, July 2006

download word file, 5 pages 2.3

Downloaded 45 times

Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" displays the ideas that connect it to the real world, and that is what has made it such a famous work of literature. Pride and Prejudice is about a middle-class girl who falls in love with high-class gentleman. Gurinder Chadha applies these ideas and produces a film version of the novel, Bride and Prejudice. The film is based on the same idea of love; however, it is portrayed through an Indian perspective. Despite the many differences including cultural aspects, there are many similarities between the two versions: portrayal of middle-class parents, important love story of Elizabeth and Darcy, and importance of Lady Catherine to the theme of class/status.

Firstly, both of the versions display the behavior of middle-class parents. The parents are of British decent in the novel; however, the parents are of Indian background in the film. Although this is a major difference, the behavior of the middle-class parents from both versions doesn't change at all.

The parents from both the versions want their daughters to fall in love with extremely wealthy men which would eventually result in their marriage. As soon as the book begins, Elizabeth's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet come upon a conversation where they discuss the arrival of Mr. Bingley. Mrs. Bennet describes the newcomer to be "A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!" (Austen 51). Mrs. Bennet's description of the gentleman and his wealth portrays that she hopes to marry one of her daughter to him; although she does not know or worry about Mr. Bingley's personality. This quote reveals the perspective of parents. The parents want rich men, so that their daughters live a luxurious life. In the non-fictitious real world, this occurs all...