At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral ...
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At 10, Fanny Price, a poor relation, goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral compass, she becomes especially close to Edmund, Thomas's younger son. Fanny is soon possessed of beauty as well as a keen mind and comes to the attention of a neighbor, Henry Crawford. Thomas promotes this match, but to his displeasure, Fanny has a mind of her own, asking Henry to prove himself worthy. As Edmund courts Henry's sister and as light shines on the link between Thomas's fortunes and New World slavery, Fanny must assess Henry's character and assert her heart as well as her wit.Written by
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Much is made in this adaptation of the evils of slavery. This is resolved in the final scene with Sir Thomas Bertram divesting from Antigua and investing in tobacco. Yet in 1806, when the film is set, tobacco depended on slaves. See more »
Having just finished the book, I was somewhat disappointed by the film. The cast was delightful, and Francis O'Connor and Jonny Lee Miller captured the essence of their characters as written by Jane Austen. I realize that any film adaptation of a novel is bound to be lacking in some respects, but there were two major changes to the story which were too drastic for me to accept.
First, Austen's Fanny Price is steady and sure in her convictions, but the Fanny in the film is lacking the strength of character that makes her such a great heroine. Second, the film introduces an unnecessary and inappropriate subplot about Sir Thomas' involvement in slavery. It creates tension between Fanny and Sir Thomas and changes his character completely. Sir Thomas in the novel is a loving, if somewhat restrained, benefactor who develops a real affection for his niece; the film portrays him as a sometimes cruel and certainly callous man who feels he is doing a great service by providing his poor niece with the opportunity to better her station through a loveless but financially and socially beneficial marriage.
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