Representation Of Females In Pride And Prejudice & Bride And Prejudice


  • Rehmana Kausar UMSIT Kotli
  • Tayyaba Bashir UMSIT Kotli
  • Arshad Mehmood Women University of AJ&K, Bagh
  • SettingsKiran Rukhsana RIPHAH International University, Islambad


• Post Colonialism • Western and Eastern Traditions • Orient • Occident • Us and Them


This paper examines the application of ‘us’ and ‘them’ by considering it a postcolonial representation of binary opposition in the two films: Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice and Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice. It explores the notion of Postcolonial theory that has partitioned the female class of both selected movies into divergent sections. Generally, though not particularly, these two films present the notion of ‘us’ and ‘them’ but in a developed form that has been referred to as the lower and the higher classes and are more valuable in their role of constructing the Postcolonial atmosphere. However, keeping in mind the nature of research, qualitative content analysis is chosen as a research method with the close reading of Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice and Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice including and by applying Said’s notion of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ as a theoretical framework. With such an application, visual and auditory elements including content, the Indian tradition of hospitality and pecking order appear as the binary attributes of ‘us’ and ‘them’. The paper is concluded by showing the attributes of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ which are assigned to the female class in both selected movies.



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How to Cite

Kausar, R., Tayyaba Bashir, Arshad Mehmood, & SettingsKiran Rukhsana. (2021). Representation Of Females In Pride And Prejudice & Bride And Prejudice. Erevna: Journal of Linguistics and Literature, 4(2), 1-12. Retrieved from