Pride and Prejudice

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Did Joe Wright Get It Right?
(insert name) explores Joe Wright’s 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Has Joe Write brought this classic love story back to life for modern society, or diminished the novels essence through simplifying the original text? Through evaluation of the creative choices made when converting a novel to film, it is evident that the director has successfully captured the significance and nuances of power relationships as communicated in ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Converting the 61 chapter novel to a 128 minute film is a challenge in itself, but to simultaneously capture the subtle balance of power between groups and individuals in early 19th century society, while also appealing to a modern audience is quite compelling. The social ladder in early 19th century was greatly valued. The power relationships within the novel are determined by social practises, cultural beliefs and values. Joe Wright’s film adaptation adequately captures the subtleties between most groups within the novel. Society’s values and beliefs at this time was the importance of the ‘marriage market. This theme is evidently situated throughout the film as the first sentence in the novel states "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" (Chapter 1 page 5). This immediately introduces the reader to the importance of the marriage market, which will outline majority of the novel.

The social standings in society, the subtleties between social groups and power relationships are all evidently captured in the feature film. Although what does Joe Wright leave out? Modernising the 1813 text to a 21st century film has its limitations. In order to make this film a block buster hit there were some changes to be made. His casting was questionable as some strayed far from the...
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