Pride & Prejudice IRP

By: Rebecca Crutchfield

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The "Love Triangle" Between Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth, and Mr. Wickham

In the book, the triangle between these three characters is much more emphasized. It is a main part of the book and plays a huge part in the plot as Elizabeth must essentially choose between the two. In the movie, however, it is present but not emphasized. It is not as evident as the book made it. The director could have done this in order to illustrate Elizabeth's independence. Mr. Wickham is only present in a couple of scenes in the movies and Elizabeth does not think about him too much outside of their time together. As a result of this, Wickham is not a hugely developed character and thus not one of the main characters. In the book, Elizabeth and Mr. Wickham seem to be in love and spend much more time together. He plays an important role in the book because he is a more developed character and the audience knows more about him.

Mr. Bingley's Sisters

In the book, Mr. Bingley has two sisters. When his two sisters and Jane meet for the first time, they both like her very much and attempt to befriend her very soon after they meet. His sisters reassure Mr. Bingley and tell him that they think that she is a very nice girl. However, in the movie, Mr. Bingley only has one sister. She is not as friendly with Jane as the sisters were in the book. She does not make any attempt to be Jane's friend and does not really form an opinion of Jane. The director could have done this in order to attempt to make Mr. Bingley's sister seem like more of a coldhearted, unfriendly person. This makes Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley's sister have more of a connection because they both prefer the city and do not like living in the town of Longbourn.

The Wealth of the Bennets

In the book, the Bennets were fairly well-off. They were neither rich nor poor, but they got along just fine. In the movie, however, the director portrays the Bennets as somewhat poor. The director chooses to place pigs in their house, which was a common sign of a needy family in this time and place. The director could have done this because he wanted to make a greater emphasis the huge difference in wealth and status between the Bennets and Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley.

The Overall Attitude of Elizabeth

In the movie, there is one particular scene that stands out to me because of Elizabeth's attitude. After Mr. Collins proposed to her and she politely declined, her mother attempts to persuade her to marry him. Elizabeth rudely screams at her mother and blatantly states that she will not marry Mr. Collins. This scene portrays Elizabeth as rude and ungrateful, which is not accurate at all.

In the book, Elizabeth's attitude is a bit different. She makes it clear that she does not want to marry Mr. Collins, but she does not scream at her mother. Austen attempted to be as accurate as possible in the book, and this scene is a pretty accurate portrayal of this situation, time, and place. Daughters would never act disrespectful towards their parents.

The Theme of the Work

Jane Austen wrote the book Pride and Prejudice as a lighthearted, almost comedic work. She intended for the book to be filled with drama, but in a cheery way. The movie illustrates Pride and Prejudice as more of a drama. Sure, most of the plot is the same, but the director changes the tone in the work to create a less whimsical drama. The director could have done this to appeal to his audience because he thought that more people would enjoy a drama rather than a lighter, high-spirited work.