Literature & Cinema

Entertaining literature enthralls us with suspense, humor and the intense action of an engaging plot. Superior literature transcends mere action. It presents to the reader the author's insights into human character and reveals the complex ways in which character and action interrelate to generate chains of consequences and results. Still finer literature reveals the complex interactions between action, individual character and the evolving character of the society in which the action takes place. The greatest literature goes still further. It reveals not only insights of individual and social character but of the character of life itself. MSS has formulated an original approach to the understanding and evaluation of fiction based on knowledge of human personality, social development and the character of life. It has applied this approach for an in-depth study of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, a study five of Shakespeare’s major works, as well as a wide range of other novels and motion pictures. In 2000, MSS began a study of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride & Prejudice, to examine the process of social development as well the reflections of fundamental truths of life and human character depicted in the novel. The study brings out through the narrative the process of social evolution that occurred in England during the Napoleanic era in contrast to the violent social revolution taking place across the English Channel. It also examines the power of personal attitudes and decisions to determine life events and their outcomes. Several seminars were conducted in Madras and Pondicherry to discuss the findings of the study.

Read the Introduction to Character of Life in Literature & Cinema

Pride & Prejudice Project | Shakespeare | Novels | Motion Pictures

For an overview of MSS projects in this field, please see Literary Criticism & Cinema

Pride & Prejudice Project



Motion Pictures