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Bridgerton Branches Out

By Mariya Kooran

Dearest readers, the time has come to reflect upon the magnificence that is "Bridgerton." The new season features the marriage between the down-to-earth Sharma family and the boisterous and charming Bridgerton family. While Eloise is on the market for a fine gentleman with the courage to listen and enthralled by her, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton is also on the look for a woman that checks every box of the endless list of demands he has for his new viscountess.

Artwork by Ashwathi Chemban

The second season of "Bridgerton" has taken NHP by storm, and many students are excited to be able to watch it.

Eloise takes on an adventure of enlightenment, opening new doors and seeking new possibilities.

“I am glad I got to see Eloise’s character more in this season because she really stands apart from the rest of her family," said senior Elisa George. "Though she may not be the season’s diamond, she really is a gem because she always upholds her values. Her air of dignity is shown through her witty side comments and extensive knowledge of the world around her.”

In addition to emphasizing her character, Eloise also finds a new romance this season. The writers introduce Theo, a lower class boy who she meets on the wrong side of town. This change of scenery further separates this season from the last and hints at a more risky romance: the forbidden lovers trope.

Period dramas are complicated in the sense of having a diverse cast. However, Shonda Rhimes, the producer of "Bridgerton," undertook the challenge and succeeded by including hints of Indian culture subtly. She has scenes where the mother and the Sharma sisters perform the Haldi ceremony, a pre-wedding ceremony in South Asian cultures. This blend of culture is also illustrated in the Sharma sisters’ wardrobes. Specifically, Kate Sharma wears many jewel tones and silk patterns that mimic Indian saris, a type of fabric that is draped around the body. Edwina Sharma also fashions a small pair of jhumkis, an umbrella shaped earring worn by South Asian women.

“I love the diversity in the show. I like how they incorporated cultures into a predominantly white time period. Seeing other cultures in American shows is very rare, so the fact that they took the time to cast people of color and incorporate different ethnic traditions into the show is incredible,” senior Tiffany Wong said.


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