1. Obviously the major theme of the film is the role of women in the Indian culture.  Lalita seems to be somewhat of a rebel in this regard because she is a strong, independent, intelligent woman who does not simply want to get married to anyone; she prefers to be swept off her feet and wooed by her Prince Charming. Turning Jane Austen’s novel into a musical, in my opinion, puts more of an emphasis on the four sisters as opposed to Darcy or Kholi, which gives the film more of a feministic feel or vibe.

 

2. A few major themes of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice are the idea of true love and societal class in 19th century England.  The relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth shows the ebbs and tides of a love story; they both misjudge one another, they fall in love, they fall out of love, etc. before they finally realize that they are indeed meant for each other.  The idea of social class is also very important and a reoccurring theme in Austen’s novel.  In 19th century England, there were clear distinctions between societal classes and we see examples of how these lines are dealt with.  For example, while Darcy’s family is a part of the upper echelon they still socialize with lower class families such as Elizabeth’s.  In the end, the love that exists between Darcy and Elizabeth is able to clear this hurdle of classes and prejudices, which suggests Austen views these obstacles as completely meaningless.

 

3.  http://www.myprideandprejudice.com/category/pride-and-prejudice-musings/ à Talks about the novel and the interesting dynamics and character interactions we find in the novel, for example the relationship between Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas.

 

http://brideprejudice.blogspot.com/ àGave an interesting perspective about the way the Indians were portrayed in the film

 

http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/history-of-regency-england/

 

I found this website, or blog, to be the most useful when it comes to interpreting the film because it gives so much background info on the both the novel and Austen.  There’s a section on the social customs of the era, a whole slew of sources about the history of the era in Britain.  Information like this is vital when it comes to trying to understand the film because it gives you some background information about the novel, which the movie is based on, as well as the author herself.  Arming yourself with this knowledge makes enjoying and appreciating the movie a little bit easier.

 

4. Once again in one of our films gender comes into play. Would you argue that Bride and Prejudice is feminist, or not? What about Pride and Prejudice?

 

The film Bride and Prejudice is a movie that is extremely feminist and the movie revolves around the strong willed Lalita, however Pride and Prejudice is not quite as feministic.  The film focuses primarily on the courtship of the four daughters, with the strong minded Lalita as the main focus of most of the film.  Her strong-minded, independent, and desire for a simple lifestyle set her apart from her sisters.  In a world where women are supposed to marry the first wealthy man who asks, Lalita’s insistence to go about marriage her own way, and to find live on her own terms, portrays her as a strong heroine in the movie.

 

In Pride and Prejudice, it seems that the women are much more subservient and submissive to the men, as well as the societal expectations of their time.  A woman’s reputation was important to upkeep and protect, and the book makes it clear that it is the best interest of a woman to be as submissive as possible.  Jane Austen could not even publish the novel in her name because women were not supposed to be writers, it was too masculine. And this idea of the subservient, invisible woman is present in the novel as well.

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