Blog Response 3: Bride and Prejudice

1. Pride and Predjudice deals with the social and economic barriers in the way of marriage.The manner in which these barriers manifest themselves are explicitily stated in the title; some characters are too prideful to comprimise and others are blinded by prejudice which keeps them from understanding other characters in the story. Most of the archetype characters are challenged by complexity and subtlety of character, leading to suprising revelations contrary to expectations of someone in a certain social or economic standing.

2. A heavy handed theme in the movie is the one of culture clash. Lalita and Darcy are immediately at a misunderstanding due to eachothers ignorance to the norms in eachothers culture. There is no real bad intentions by the words that offend Lalita at the opening wedding scene but he misunderstands the wedding process in Indian culture and she mistakes his ignorance for chauvinism. And so much of the tension is more due to Lalitas pride not allowing her to empathize with Darcy, and Darcy’s prejudice in mistunderstanding the value system the poor in India have. The main themes are more centered around the culture, but the wealth disparity is certainly also adressed.

3. As an adaptation Bride and Prejudice takes the Jane Austin novel into the 21st century. As opposed to the early 19th century, there is much more intermingling of cultures than ever before. The parallel between culture clash and the barrier of wealth in the 19th century are interesting. Much of the same struggles remain, to see how the other half lives is the only solution to understanding eachother complexly. The characters and both the movie and the book have their mind made up about everyone before they ever get to know one another.

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

Sort of concludes that the film was more of a fun telling of the story rather than a true to the text adaption.

http://popreflection.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/review-bride-and-prejudice/

More of a character analysis and how it resembles the book. Claims success in these areas.

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/bride-and-prejudice-2005

Makes and argument about the nature of the film being more hollywood musical than bollywood.

I think the feminist film critic blog really makes the right points about the film. When there is an unfair standard placed on an adaptation the directors intention can be lost and misunderstood. Bride and Prejudice is a big, loud, fun movie about love and growing wiser about love. Many of the thematic elements stand from the Jane Austin novel, but the approach is very much bollywood and should not be expected to stand in as a Pride and Prejudice put to screen adaptation.

 

5.

Bride and Prejudice is a big, loud, fun movie about love and growing wiser about love. The big elements of the film come in the way o the jam packed shots with 5 to 50 characters on screen at a time, there are the occasional 1 on 1 scenes but the crowded Indian streets come to life in spirit through the wedding/party/city scenes. Loud and fun comes across through the singing numbers with unashamed goofy comedy and fast paced drum rythms. The film does not try to capture the tone of the Austin novel even though it does represent the themes with accuracy. The characters struggle and wrestle with the same difficulties of intermingling as in the source text but there is a unique spirit to the movie that gives it a flavor. Its not Pride and Prejudice with a dash of ginger, its more like a bowl of curry with some Pride and Prejudice pepper.

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One thought on “Blog Response 3: Bride and Prejudice

  1. Your analysis of the book, film, and adaptation are decent. So too your online research links, though you should try to avoid reviews and look instead at social media sites, in online film journals, and use the UMD library website to find academic articles. Helpful hints here:

    http://engl329b.wordpress.com/research/

    Your critical argument paragraph is not a critical argument, but instead a VERY general review. Please review the assignment prompt and the “frequent problems” blog entry, particularly on critical thesis/argument construction:

    http://engl329b.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/blog-writing-assignment-4/

    http://engl329b.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/frequent-problems-with-the-blog-writing-assignment/

    9/10. Joseph Byrne. ENGL329B.

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