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Pride and Prejudice The Effects of Context Pride and Prejudice The Effects of Context Time is an unchangeable force which alters every aspect of human life All spheres of life are affected by time and are changed forever In the case of Literature and Art it is expected that a contemporary audience will tire of the older texts This is the result of changing contexts With these changed contexts comes changed values changed knowledge changed attitudes and subsequently changed interest in texts Over time technology develops new ways of presenting and viewing a text new mediums These new mediums are often adopted to represent an older text in an attempt to appeal afresh to the changed audience These new mediums will obviously affect the subject matter construction and message of the text because medium change is alteration to the original text The novel Pride and Prejudice has endured the last two centuries with an ever-increasing popularity Originally composed by eighteenth century classic author Jane Austen the novel was more recently represented in a new medium the film medium Simon Langton an acclaimed director was employed by the BBC to appropriate the novel into a television series The original medium and the changed medium are significantly impacted by the composers context Composers and their texts are a reflection of the society they are created in even if they are critical of that society Jane Austen was certainly critical of her provincial uppermiddle class society and this is evident from the subtle mocking of characters such as Catherine De Bough a snobbish lady without morals It is important to recognise that every single word that Jane Austen wrote was marked with her personal experiences and knowledge just as every single frame in the television series is marked by Simon Langtons direction Everything that she wrote down is solely Jane Austens The contemporary audience gets an insight into the authors mind just as much as
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