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Written in the 19th Century William Thackerays novel Vanity Fair served as a blatant haranguing of the political and economic power-play evident in his society However in 2004 when Mira Nair adapted the novel into a movie she maintained Thackerays integral themes- power-play versus truth - but instead portrayed the inter-relationship of power within the individual which completely altered the meaning of the text Nair personifies the power struggle through Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley in binary opposition Becky is an impoverished orphan who is determined to increase both her social standing and wealth while Amelia is the daughter in a comfortable middle-class who has no desire to further her place in society Becky orchestrates most of the power-play exploiting money-oriented marriage political alliance deceit and cunning and her own sexual promiscuity Through flattery charm and grace she is also able to gain inheritances titles and the favour of the court and society Although Beckys wiles to gain power do not go unnoticed or unremarked upon England at the time was in social upheaval and Beckys behaviour was then recognised as commonplace Power-play was acknowledged as immoral and deceitful but still accepted as a societal norm Nair uses costumes and camera techniques to visually emphasise the shift in power and wealth Beckys plain dresses transform to lush garments as she ascends the social ladder Camera angles illustrate Beckys power through scopophilia and sexual iconography and shooting Becky from below to appear more intimidating and powerful The audience is heavily influenced through Nairs portrayal of Becky depicted as ruthless and perpetually scheming Nair also integrates narratives of lesser characters to display differing forms of power-play such as the manipulation by Amelias parents of their rich great-aunt Crawley When a married Becky attempts to seduce the Marquis of Steyne for a title and some fine jewellery it leads to her involuntary rape The Marquis then exercises his power to have Becky ruined and her titles removed
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