Pride and Prejudice

Film vs. Novel

A Journey of Love Marked With Many Obstacles

“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”

Significant Differences

Portrayal of Elizabeth's Character

Elizabeth Bennet is a strong character in both the movie and the book, however, her strength is expressed in different ways between the two forms of literature. In the novel, Elizabeth comes off as a character balancing both charm and good sense while in the film she leans more to the stern side, giving Mr. Darcy the cold shoulder in the majority of the scenes.


Mood of the Story

While the plot found in the two pieces of literature may have lined up for the most part, the feelings conveyed to the audience varied significantly. In the novel, Jane Austen sets a humorously light mood with emphasis on the charming characters. The differences in mood were due to the large role of cinematography in the film. The bold scenes, grand sets, and intense soundtracks created a larger sense of drama in the film.


Portrayal of Mr. Darcy's Character

Similar to Elizabeth's character, Mr. Darcy lacks the balance of two key contrasting characteristics in the modern version of the film. In the book Mr. Darcy ranges from a prideful, judgmental wealthy man to a shy, humble character, who becomes desperate for Elizabeth's love. In contrast, the movie tends to stray away from the haughtiness of Darcy's character towards the beginning of the story, instead focusing on the timid nature of Darcy's desire for Elizabeth. This slight shift in Darcy's character takes away from his overall change and Elizabeth's final acceptance of him.


Manners of Time Period

It may have been expected for the film makers to mold the behaviors of the 18th century characters into more modernistic people but some of the changes were obviously inaccurate. Elizabeth's character may have been confident in the book but it would have been unlikely for her to scream at her parents after Collins' proposed to her. The movie also ignores the accuracy of the structure found in the book, an example to this would be when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth meet in the middle of the night wearing nothing but their night clothes. The societies of both forms of the story are meant to be the same, however, the characters' manners do not match up.


Absence of Mr. Darcy's Letter

The replacement of Mr. Darcy's letter to Elizabeth with a personal conversation was probably due to film purposes in order to create more drama towards the end of the movie. The letter in the book seems to be portrayed in a much more honest sense. However, the letter proved to be the turning point in both the movie and the book in which Elizabeth realizes her misjudgment about Darcy.







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