Comparison Of Mansfield Park A


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Whit Stillman's attempt to capture Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park on film in Metropolitan is a fair adaptation but it is unable to give the viewer the same insights. Stillman manages to have most of Mansfield Parks characters represented in some way or another, however the time needed to develop those characters is simply not there in a two hour movie. It is this development that makes Jane Austen's books so interesting. She spends an enormous amount of time telling us the backgrounds of the characters, especially Fanny Price. We are then able to interpret their actions knowing their motives and history, whereas in the movie we are often confused about certain ...

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like Fanny, in fact they would probably distrust her more because she was perfect. At the beginning of the movie Audrey Rouget is introduced, obviously meant to be a version of Fanny Price. She is shy, slight, and the appears to be younger than the rest of the group. Like Fanny, she really hasn't "come out" yet. At first, she is enamored with Tom Townsend, then hates him for leaving her looking stupid when he was supposed to be her escort. The viewer has a hard time with this because they have only known each other for a week or so, and that makes Audrey's feelings seem trivial. With the benefit of a whole summer of the story, the reader of Mansfield is able to relate with such strong feelings because they are baked up by several examples, not just one. At the end of the movie Audrey sees that Tom cares for her a lot when he comes to "save" her from Rick Von Slonaker. Audrey is not an exact copy of Fanny though, this is shown when she acquiesces to playing in the groups ...

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not see him arriving and stealing all the girls without objection. Once the viewer learns a little more about Tom, about midway through the movie, he begins to take on characteristics of Edward Price. He starts to care about Audrey once he realizes that she feels hurt by him admitting he liked Serena the best, and he is convinced she is running off with Rick Von Sloneker, who interestingly enough also has Henry Crawford traits. The difference between him and Tom is that Rick has all the traits Fanny attributes to Henry, basically being a slime ball with women, while Tom is seen the way all the other characters in Mansfield view Henry, as good company with pleasant airs about him. This ...

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