Movie Text Analysis: Class
Separation between classes has been evident ever since societies have been begun. At some points in history, the differences in the classes were more noticeable than other times. The movies, Pride and Prejudice and My Fair Lady, represent different classes, and how they interact with each other. Even though the movies are set in different time periods, the interactions between the classes are very similar. Although both movies show the differences of the society classes, My Fair Lady shows the differences of the classes in a more obvious manner than Pride and Prejudice which tends to show the differences in a more subdued manner.
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Once the women were married, they would begin having children, and the cycle would begin again.
This movie was mainstreamed for a younger audience than the typical Jane Austen fans. I believe with this adaption of Pride and Prejudice, they were trying to target the same audience that enjoyed Bridget Jone’s Diary, a movie that came out a few years earlier that referenced Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. But I believe the movie also interested an older generation of women who were fans of the other adaptations.
The lines of class are strictly drawn between middle and upper classes in 19th century England. While the Bennetts, who are middle class, may socialize with the upper-class Bingleys and Darcys, they are clearly their social inferiors and are treated as such. When the Bingleys and g Mr. Darcy make their first appearance in the movie at the low key ball, Miss Bingley and Mr. Darcy seem disgusted at the fact they are even there since they are superiors to the others. Miss Bingley even makes a remark to Mr. Darcy how she would not be surprised to see a pig running through the party.
Also at the same party, Mr. Bingley asks Mr. Darcy why he does not want to dance with Elizabeth Bennett, which he implies, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.” Darcy sees everyone at the ball as his social inferiors, and refuses to dance with anyone beneath him, especially one not handsome enough to tempt him. We also see his struggle with social classes when he first proposes to Elizabeth.
In his first proposal, Darcy expresses that it is in his better judgment not to be in love with her, but he cannot stop doing so. He believes he should not be in love with her because of the differences in social class. He believes that different social classes should be married so much he had actually stopped Jane Bennett and Bingley’s relationship. He also admits he believed Jane to be only after Bingley’s money, which the idea he believed came from Mrs. Bennett. He believes the Bennett family except Elizabeth and Jane, are inferior and annoying.
The movie satires class-consciousness from the lower classes to the higher classes particularly in the character of Mr. Collins, who spends most of his time fawning to his upper-class patron, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Though Mr. Collins offers an extreme example, he is not the only one to hold such views. His conception of the importance of class is shared, among others, by Mr. Darcy, who believes in the dignity of his lineage; Miss Bingley, who dislikes anyone not as socially accepted as she is; and Wickham, who will do anything he can to get enough money to raise himself into a higher station. Mr. Collins’s views are merely the most extreme and obvious. The satire directed at Mr. Collins is therefore also...