THE BUSINESS OF HER LIFE WAS TO GET HER DAUGHTERS MARRIED
WRITTEN BY : Anwesha Simlai
A 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen’s one of the most celebrated novels by the same name, this movie directed by Joe Wright tells us the story of Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley), the protagonist, and how she deals with the prospect of marriage in an era where winning a man’s heart was the only education women were supposed to excel in.
Lizzy lived with her parents in a house with five girls to be married off. At a public ball, Jane, the eldest daughter destined to meet Mr. Bingley, instantly fell in love with him. However, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), a friend of Mr. Bingley when met at the party, hated each other instantly.
Elizabeth is a very free-spirited, smart, and delightful woman with an opinion of her own. Her character is so well portrayed that it gives us a picture of an independent woman not a ‘damsel in distress’. As the movie goes on we get to see that Lizzy and Darcy go through a lot of hardships in their relationship, though they had feelings for each other, his pride and her prejudice drove them apart.
Though in the end they realize their feelings and give in to love. This movie is a beautiful adaptation of an equally amazing piece of work. All the actors in the movie bring the characters to life. They show us the complications society had and their perspective. This movie reveals how love is not enough for two people to be together, for that they need to accept each other’s goodness and respect them as fellow human beings. No matter how much love is, disrespect is something that can destroy everything.
In the movie when at last Elizabeth and Darcy accept each other, it gives the viewers a feeling of joy and satisfaction, as great people like them should get what they always deserve, true love, being one of them. It’s Jane’s magical writing skills that bring out all these emotions in the viewers. The literature of that time was changing into a radical one where women were made powerful central characters rather than helpless women. Being a classic story, this movie is a must-watch.