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Transformation Of Pygmalion And Bridget Jones Diary

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The outlook on the status of women in society has drastically changed from the early nineteenth century to the 21st century. This becomes evident when we examine Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones' Diary, which is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The reception to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice differed greatly to the reception of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones Diary. Its also interesting to note how Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion followed the same attitudes as Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones Diary.In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice we witness that the genteel Elizabeth is able to be happy by refusing to marry for financial purposes and only marrying a man for whom she truly loves and esteems. This ideology was completely the opposite of the views of women by society in the 1900's. Women at that time were portrayed as inferior to men and marriage was the only path for women to achieve financial security. Jane Austen also attacks and criticises society's view on the importance of marriage for financial purposes. This is seen in the story by the relationship between Mr and Mrs Bennett, who are wealthy but an absolutely incompatible couple and they show no affection for each other what so ever. Its obvious that the nineteenth century society would have been outraged and disgusted by Jane Austen's views and outlook, as they were totally contradictory to the attitudes of society back then.In Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones' Diary, Bridget Jones is a single and independent middle aged woman living in a flat. Bridget Jones is overweight, smokes and drinks. However she makes a resolution to control all those factors and to find the perfect man, her "prince charming". She stands up to her boss, Daniel Cleaver who cheated on her and in the end forms a relationship with Darcy even though she keeps her bad habits. Bridget Jones' Diary accurately reflects the current 21st century viewpoint of women by society. Women are being expected and expect to have successful independent lives, while at the same time finding that perfect guy. Women are becoming more equal in society and have the power to stand up for themselves. Bridget Jones' diary makes Jane Austen's original themes in pride and prejudice more relatable and associable to the 21st century audience.The themes in Pygmalion are similar to the ideas of Bridget Jones' Diary. In Pygmalion we see that although Eliza's use of language has changed, her character hasn't and it is what Freddy most admires about Eliza. In...

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