Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice

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Over the years there have been many adaptions to Jane Austen’s: Pride and Prejudice; two well-known versions would be Sue Birtwistle’s 1995 BBC miniseries and Joe Wright’s 2005 version. Both films depict a love story between a man and a woman who have to overcome a series of obstacles to end up together. It is clear that these two very different directors interpret the original novel in their own way, but is it more important to stay true to the original, or to tweak and change some of it? When it comes to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Birthwistle’s 1995 version works because she portrayed her characters really well. Had enough time to develop her characters and setting, while also making a version not only for Great Britain, but…show more content…
Elizabeth loathes Mr. Darcy, and avoids him as much as possible. Though Darcy is proud and reserved at first, it becomes obvious of his fondness for Elizabeth. Fate causes Elizabeth and Darcy to often cross paths, making them realize their hidden feelings for each other.
One of the First things, Wright gets wrong, is his portrayal of Mr. Darcy, one of Jane Austen’s most famous male protagonist. Mr. Darcy is known as a proud, snobbish character. In her novel Austen’s first description goes as follows. “He soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien.” However, he is soon found to be and extremely disagreeable, proud man with no consideration for anyone.” (Austin10) However, in Wright’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice Darcy becomes a socially awkward man struggling with his emotions. Wright wanted "a big strong, manly man, not some pretty boy band type" (DeGennaro “Wright Interview). If the nature of Mr. Darcy changes, it will change the feel of the story. Without Darcy, there would be no Pride and Prejudice, for he is the one who drives Elizabeth and essentially their love story. While Bitwistle was filming she kept this in mind. She choose to portray Darcy as Austin wrote him to be, a mysterious and unpredictable character. In her version he does not smile until the very last scene of the movie, but that does not hinder the impression of his softening over the course of the movie and at no
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