Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Essay

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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice immerses one into the life of England's eighteenth century; a land of propriety, manners, and modesty. The adaptation of the film inevitably filters the novel through the social and cultural outlook of the eighteenth century. “Film adaptations have always acknowledged such synecdochical translation as highly effective in the visual medium and have rendered it by using its primary cinematic equivalent: the close-up of the heroine's face.” (Grandi ,46) The 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice works with Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice by providing similarities that reiterates the primary theme of the novel; but also, contributes difference that enhances the understanding of the characters and …show more content…
Many of the surroundings in the dinner scene at Rosings also present evidence of the wealth of Lady Catherine's such as the massive amount of food providing on the table, the numerous amount of candles proving light for dinner, the elegant china, the large dining room, and the many objects that provide decoration. While providing evidence of characters, such as the Collins and Elizabeth, are inferior to the De Bourghs by their clothing and their individual attributes. This scene contributes evidence of Lady Catherine's superiority and habit of command; at the beginning of the scene Mr. Collins goes to sit on the right side of Lady Catherine's in between Mr. Darcy and Charlotte but Lady Catherine assures Mr. Collins that he cannot sit beside his wife. Making Mr. Collins move by switching places with Elizabeth placing him on the other side of the table across from his wife Charlotte. Another scene that provides evidence of Lady Catherine's power occurs on the camera focuses on Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth during their conversation; Lady Catherine is listening and knowingly interrupts their conversation to talk to Elizabeth about her childhood instructions and education. During this conversation the camera is crosscutting shoots back and forth at Lady Catherine and Elizabeth themselves, and at the others at the dining table capturing

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