"Love in Translation": Pride and Prejudice
The novel and the film adaptations in comparison
This lesson deals with the film adaptations of Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. The films taken into consideration are the 1995 BBC production and the 2005 film released and distributed by Universal Pictures.
Students will learn the basic techniques of comparison between a novel and an adaptation. Thanks to the repetition and the visual reinforcement they should remember more easily the plot and the main themes of the novel.
- 4-5th year students
- upper-intermediate level
- the class should have already studied Austen’s biography, her main works and should also have a general idea of what is a novel. Furthermore, the knowledge of Pride & Prejudice (the novel) is essential for the second part of the lesson.
- more than 2 x 45 mins. (when I delivered this lesson in class I left out slides n. 14 and 16 in order to conclude in two hours)
- From slide 1 to 11, overview of adaptations and Austen’s works.
- From slide 11 onwards, detailed analysis of the novel and the film.
Teaching strategies and tools:
- Use of visual materials, PowerPoint, Internet, films (I have indicated the running time of the scenes to show according to the films I have. You might find variations which could depend on the files, support or computer used).
- Students will learn the basic techniques of comparison between a novel and an adaptation.
- Thanks to the repetition and the visual reinforcement they should remember more easily the plot and the main themes of the novel.