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비커밍 제인 (Watching 'Becoming Jane')

 

It is said that chatting or love stories in the Victorian Age(eighteen century) in small towns in England had a big influence on society as nowadays popular culture or mass media does.

Especially romance of the upper and middle class shows society itself, a view of love, or old customs. Jane Austin, the originator of these days love stories, wrote six novels like <Emma>, <Sense and Sensibility>, <Pride and Prejudice>, <Mansfield Park>, <Persuasion>, <Northanger Abbey>, and all of them have being read, loved and sometimes made into dramas or movies. This time a new movie, <Becoming Jane> comes out. What makes this movie special is this movie shows Jane Austin's real life. But personally I am sorry that I can't find any big difference from any other movies.

Generally writers use both their real experience and imagination when writing books. Through this movie, we can go into Jane's real love, and life and find out why she became a writer, why she didn't get married, and how her novels reflect her life. I think those factors make movies attractive. Because of our mortality, when we see a movie, we can experience others' lives. Furthermore, we can make our own opinion about diverse situation that we are not really in.

When I see this movie, I can notice that her real sweetheart, Tom Lefroy behaved arrogantly just like Darcy in her novel, <Pride and Prejudice> and the scene where Jane left Lefroy reminded me of one in her another novel, <Persuasion>. Despite the fact that this movie is about her real life, there are some differences between this movie and her own romance. It's sad that we can't find out enough evidence to prove the facts. Her sister did her best to cover up her private life. After Jane died, she got rid of many of Jane's letters. That's why written stories that we can reach are not relevant. Furthermore, Jane used lots of metaphor in her letters and that makes hard for us to understand them.

Unlike nowadays when women also are respected because of her own capacity, in the Victorian age, a woman who could have a propose from a nobleman and save her family from poverty was considered lucky. Although Jane usually wrote stories with happy end, she chose the writing rather than true love for her happiness and her lover's future. While I see this movie, I picture many women who are not longing for marriage but are willingly doing their own work. And I want to give them encouragement.


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