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Animal Farm: Comparison Between Book and Movie
Animal Farm is a novel about farm animals running a farm and becoming
self sufficient. It is a story with great detail and is a very good book to read
because of it surprising events. If you have seen Animal Farm the movie, you
would feel completely different. The movie has far less detail and events to
make it as interesting as the book.
Though the story is basically the same, the lack of details makes the movie
One thing that can make a book good is characters. In the book, there
were many more animals in the farm. The movie did not show many animals except
for the main animals. Even thought this is a small difference, it can be
noticeable. In the book, Mollie was a character. When she betrayed the animals
by being with a human it gave you a feeling that there were more animals that
could be traitors. In the movie since there was no Mollie, you did not even
have a feeling of suspense for what was going to happen later on.
In the book, there was many surprises that shocked me. One of those
surprises was that Napoleon wanted Snowball ousted. Though Napoleon did not like
Snowball, the wasn't really any evidence that he would try to kill Snowball. In
the movie, Napoleon, had a bad image already. He had a mean look and shoved his
way in front when Old Major gave his speech. There was also gloomy music when
they had scenes of him. When the book showed of Napoleon as a bad guy, I was
surprised but I expected it in the movie because the movie showed him as a bad
person from the beginning.
Another detail that the movie missed was when all the animals could talk.
In the movie not all the animals could talk. This eliminated many important
things. Beasts of England was hummed when the animals sang it. When they could
talk, the words represented the hate they felt for the humans and the injustice
they felt was done to them. This is important because this greatly motivated the
animals to rebel. If they just hum the tune and call it Beasts of England, it
takes away from the mood of the story. Another reason speech is so important is
that in the book, animals sometimes questioned authority. Boxer had once
questions Squealer's actions. It also made it so the regular animals besides the
pigs could not communicate to each other and trying to guess their feelings was
not the easy.
The movie had a few more differences. The movie showed Mr. Jones being
killed in the windmill explosion. The book showed him dying at a relative's
house. The book did not show his death till the end so that before that, you
might have thought he would attack again. The movie show the windmill blown up
once when the book showed it being destroyed twice. Making it destroyed twice
show the animals hardships when they had to do many things over.
One last difference was that in the end, the animals finally rebelled.
This was a bad ending for that kind of story. The book showed it as a sad ending.
If the animals rebel, there is a small feeling of happiness for the animals.
This book was meant to show you that not everything ends as a happy ending.
Animal Farm was a good novel. Animal Farm the movie was a bad rendition
of the movie. It lacked in suspense, surprise, and mood. Though the story is the
same the details that help the story lacked in the movie. Animal Farm, the novel,
is a lot better than its movie version.
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As part of the English curriculum in the country I live in (Scotland), we have to compare a text to something and write an essay about it to pass part of the course. You can compare a text to another text, a text and a graphic novel, or a text and a TV show. The most popular choice by far is to compare a book and the movie of that book.
This can be a hard thing to do. Novels and movies are long; there’s lots going on in them, and there are a lot of details. Especially if you’re doing this for the first time, you can feel a bit like you’re in at the deep end.
Don’t worry. Chances are your essay will be fine. However, I’ve written out the top five things to keep in mind when writing a comparative essay on a book and movie.
Pick a Story You Enjoy
Find a book you like reading that’s been turned into a movie or a movie you like watching that’s based on a book. Don’t pick something obscure because you want to look really smart or really unique. Making your essay smart and unique happens when you pick your focus. If you don’t like the book or movie, the essay is going to be harder to write in the first place.
Pick Something to Focus On
Comparing the entire book to the entire movie line by line would take you a hundred years to complete. Find something within your book that you can focus on. For example, you could pick the relationship between Harry and Ginny in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to their relationship in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. Their relationship in the book was totally different to what was portrayed on screen.
You could compare Rue from The Hunger Games book to Rue in the movie and look at how adding her into scenes where she wasn’t mentioned in the book and taking whole chunks of things she did in the book out of the movie affected her perception. Or maybe you could look at a book character who got cut out of the movie altogether such as Uriah from Divergent. How did this affect the plot line of the movie? Your focus will make your essay smart and unique because it won’t be the same as the focus of your classmates.
Notes are your friend when writing a comparative essay. You’re not going to be able to skip through the film in class. Watch it. Take notes related to your focus. You want to avoid having to search the book page by page looking for an important detail that came up somewhere. Find relevant quotes and jot down who said them. Write all your notes out in the order that they happened. It’ll be easier that way.
Pick Your Points
So you’ve picked your focus and taken your notes. Now it’s time to pick your points. You don’t want to list every awkward movie moment between Harry and Ginny; you don’t want to write about every single second that Rue appeared in the book and not in the movie; and you don’t want to deal with every single conversation Uriah never had in the movie. Some of them are probably small and unnecessary for a movie, anyway. Find four or five strong points to compare, and your essay will be a good one.
Find Your Favourite
In your conclusion, you need to pick the form you liked better, the book or the movie, and say why. Keep it related to your focus. You could say you liked The Hunger Games book better, and then say that the book gave you more time to understand Rue as a character. Which one you liked better is completely up to you, and there’s no right answer.
Don’t dig too deep. You can really enjoy writing an essay like this and make it good.