Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: Summary & Analysis | SchoolWorkHelperThe main strand of this story concerns the prejudice of Elizabeth Bennet against the apparent arrogance of her future suitor, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and the blow to his pride in falling in love with her. Though a satisfactory outcome is eventually achieved, it is set against the social machinations of many other figures; the haughty Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the fatuous Mr. Collins; the younger Bennet daughter, Lydia; and her lover, Wickham, with whom she scandalously elopes. Self-delusion or the attempt to fool other people are usually the object of her wit. There are various forms of exquisite irony in Pride and Prejudice, sometimes the characters are unconsciously ironic, as when Mrs. Bennet seriously asserts that she would never accept any entailed property, though Mr. Collins is willing to.
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The latest, and only the second, film version , directed by Joe Wright, and starring Keira Knightley as Lizzie and Matthew Macfadyen as Darcy, does struggle to compare with the BBC television version, since its shorter running time means that the secondary plots are only sketched. However, there are a lot of very good things about this adaptation, which means that I whisper it! Firstly, the casting is fantastic, and in my opinion preferable to the version in all respects. Quite apart from the main characters, Brenda Blethyn makes a likeable and understandable Mrs Bennet — vulgar, certainly, but not cringe-makingly so — Tom Hollander as Mr Collins beautifully conveys his self-regard without resorting to oleaginous parody, and Judi Dench is a wonderfully self-possessed and bossy Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Secondly, the costumes and production design are gorgeous. There is a lovely tracking shot through the guests and dancers at the Netherfield ball, for example, and the locations are used to great advantage — Elizabeth admiring the glories of the Peak District, for example, the imposing stone frontages of several stately homes Chatsworth, Burghley House, Basildon Park, and so on , and the gardens and belvedere of Stourhead during a rainstorm, where Darcy makes his first proposal to Elizabeth.
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