After last week's readings, I took it upon myself to analyze my favorite movie, Pride and Prejudice (2005), to see if it passes the Bechdel Test. Pride and Prejudice, a classic literature novel by Jane Austen, is a story about the five Bennet sisters, in which Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy and despite their pride and prejudice between different classes, they fall in love. To most people, this novel and movie seems to be entirely about the Bennet sisters trying to find a suitable man to marry, especially in the case of their crazed mother. Yet, I adored this movie for Elizabeth's independency to defy the feminine gender norms to be quiet, to be submissive to a man, etc. I especially love when she resists Mr. Collin's proposal!
After viewing scenes from the movie, in my opinion, Pride and Prejudice does pass the bechdel test. One example of this film passing the bechdel test is when two main female characters, Elizabeth Bennet and Lady Catherine de Bourg, converse over Elizabeth's upbringing, in which Lady Catherine criticizes Elizabeth for her mother's lack of guidance for Elizabeth's sisters. Elizabeth persists to express her own opinion, in which Lady Catherine is shocked by Elizabeth's outspokenness. These two characters are named in the movie and have a conversation about other topics than men. Though this movie does primarily focus on the topic of marriage and men, I think the movie also focuses on gender roles that has been engraved in our society for centuries and how Elizabeth chooses to be of her own person. Since we are reading about gender roles in how it is constructed in society, how do you think gender roles of Pride and Prejudice set in the 19th century compare to gender roles now? I like to think Elizabeth was a feminist of her time, even though she is a fictional character.
Here is the link to the clip of the scene between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth Bennet: