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Choose one of the following three sets of videos to watch and then respond to the short answer questions in the next task.

Set 1: Emma vs. Clueless
Jane Austen’s novel Emma dates from the early 1800s and explores the adventures of a young woman of means who serves as a matchmaker for her friends, but has poor luck herself in finding a mate. Compare the expression of this story in the two films for which the trailers are presented here. The film Emma follows Austen’s novel closely, while Clueless provides a modern spin on the 200-year-old story.

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Emma (1996) Official Trailer (1:52)– Caption Video: link HUM-100 Emma 1996 Official Trailer (CC).
Clueless Trailer (2:32)– Caption Video: link HUM-100 Clueless Trailer (CC).

Set 2: Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story
Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is one of the most popular dramas in English literature. Note the different ways it has been translated to the screen in these three excerpts. You will see a conventional interpretation of the Shakespeare play, a version set in modern times, and West Side Story, a musical loosely based on the drama featuring rival gangs in New York City.

Romeo and Juliet (1968) Trailer (3:46)– Caption Video: link HUM-100 Romeo and Juliet 1968 Original Trailer (CC).
Romeo + Juliet (1996) Trailer (2:15)– Caption Video: link HUM-100 Romeo and Juliet 1996 Trailer (CC).
West Side Story Official Trailer (1961) (3:54)– Caption Video: link HUM-100 West Side Story Official Trailer 1961 (CC).

Set 3: Pride and Prejudice vs. Bridget Jones’s Diary
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is an early nineteenth-century British novel about the role of communication in interpersonal relationships. In this clip from a BBC dramatic series based on the novel, we are introduced to Mr. Darcy, who appears to be smug and aloof, at least in the eyes of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. As the story unfolds, however, we learn the reasons behind this not-quite-accurate first impression.

The popular film Bridget Jones’s Diary is loosely modeled after Pride and Prejudice. The film is based on a 1996 novel by Helen Fielding. This clip features an exchange between Bridget and Mark Darcy (note the same last name as in Pride and Prejudice.) At this point, Bridget is infatuated with her boss, Daniel Cleaver, and does not see the real virtues of her own “Mr. Darcy.”

Pride and Prejudice 1995 Trailer (1:19)– Caption Video: link HUM-100 Pride and Prejudice 1995 Trailer (CC).
Pride and Prejudice Official Trailer (2005) (2:21)– Caption Video: link HUM-100 Pride and Prejudice 2005 Trailer (CC).
Bridget Jones’s Diary (1:40)– Caption Video: link HUM-100 Bridget Jones’s Diary Trailer (CC).

Following review of one set of the videos in the previous task, respond to the following questions in 1–2 sentences.

  1. How do you think the new and old versions represent different aspects of their societies/times? What are the similarities and differences?
  2. How does each version reflect the culture and time period in which they exist?
  3. After considering the examples presented, think about the artifact that you chose for Project 1. Pose one question regarding the relationship between human culture and expression in relation to your artifact. In one sentence, explain one approach you may take to find the response to the question posed.

To complete this assignment, review the 3-3 Short Answer Rubric document.