Prompt: After reading Persuasion, we will be watching the 2007 PBS movie adaptation. In your essay, explore the ways in which the adaptation is true to the novel and the ways in which it is not. In order to further develop your perspective, make sure to do the following (in whichever order you deem appropriate):
- Give specific examples from the book and from the film
- Use Gottlieb’s essay on cinematic approaches to Austen to support your argument
- Use one of the essays from the background and contexts section and explain how the concepts covered there are reflected in the adaptation
- Use one of the essays from the Criticism section and explain how the concepts covered there are reflected in the adaptation
The essays listed above are found in the back of the SECOND NORTON CRITICAL EDITION of Persuasion by Jane Austen (edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks). It’s very important to use that edition specifically! If you do not have these on hand, I am willing to take pictures of the pages and organize them in a word document for your use; just let me know.