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Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice and its 2001 film appropriation Bridget Joness Diary are the two texts I chose to explore for this assessment All the major themes of Pride and Prejudice that reflect the world of Regency Englands high society which include attitudes towards love and the institution of marriage the role of men and women the importance of self-improvement and reputation have been redefined within the constructs of British society in the period between 1995 and 2001 In order to have come to this conclusion I researched Jane Austens era in particular the life of country gentry in a range of books and websites As expected romantic relationships were not necessary for a marriage to be deemed successful as the securing of a family of good connections and considerable wealth were the most important aspects of this institution Furthermore my investigation revealed that an economically advantageous marriage was of even more importance at the time that Pride and Prejudice was written because of Britains engagement in the Revolutionary war with France which had caused a period of enormous inflation In Bridget Joness Diary romantic feelings and sexual attraction were essential prior to any kind of commitment with commitment and love appearing to be a taboo subject for over-30s singletons This highlights the need for modern couples to ensure as much compatibility to begin with so as not to end up part of the statistic of 1 in 3 marriages that end in divorce In Regency England however divorce was only granted through an act of parliament and only to a wealthy husband The creation of the term singleton alone by one of Helen Fieldings friends exemplifies the modern acknowledgement of single people today as it does not carry with it the negative connotations that spinster has And although there still is the social expectation about getting married and having children Bridget demonstrates as a modern working woman that she is
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