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“As if the writing of women did not display the greatest powers of mind, knowledge of human nature, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour and the best-chosen language imaginable?”_Jane Austin in Becoming Jane (2007)
Even if you haven’t read any of Jane Austen’s books, Becoming Jane will be entertaining. Becoming Jane is a British-Irish film with beautiful locations and wonderful rhyming British accent. Of course, you can call this “colonial nostalgia”, or whatever your professors taught you at the university. However, the attraction the setting held out for me was immense. Along with the storyline, the background of the charming countryside was speaking uninhibited on matters of heart and mind in this 18th century woman writer’s life.
|Image Courtesy: Anne Hathaway|
Jane, the younger daughter of Reverend George Austen and his wife, aspires to become a writer, and in family gatherings, she prides herself in reading her long passages with flourish. One day, a stranger happens to listen to her read out from one of her passages and makes fun of her. This becomes a turning point in Jane’s life, because as it happens in most of the Romances, the woman finds herself in fires of lingering affection towards the stranger, a young man called Thomas Lefroy, a promising loser as a lawyer, living under the patronage of his uncle, the Lord Chief Judge Langlois.
The romance between Jane and Thomas, aka, Tom goes to see its spring times and its winters, it is interesting to see how Jane, a writer grows out of the cold ice of the oppressing reality. She, with her wit and charming irony goes to become a sensation in writing novels although her love life becomes a source of constant pain, at the end of the movie. A historical film, Becoming Jane, thus offers biographical insights into the life of Jane Austen.
Becoming Jane also shows Jane’s beginning the manuscript, First Impressions, which will become Pride and Prejudice. Anne Hathaway performs Jane’s role and James McAvoy is Thomas Lefroy.