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Lord of the flies Movie and Book comparisons “Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. ” Linking the movie and novel of William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” there are many apparent differences. Despite the common plot, Hook failed to give the viewers the right idea of what Golding was trying to convey. Likewise, it is not only a change with the actual story line but also with some of the ways the characters acted. The 3 major differences that were seen are the shattering of the conch, the pilot’s presence, and Ralph’s attitude towards Piggy.
Due to these major differences the novel left a greater impact on its readers than the movie on its viewers. The first major alteration that the movie had done that was different from the book was that the pilot was present. He was considered the adult on the island, however Golding was trying to show that there were no adults and that they were all alone. Furthermore the pilot who ran away from the camp and hid in the cave was found to be the beast or “monster”. In the book version the beast was a dead parachuter.
Most likely the director changed this sense in the movie compared to the book because possibly he wanted to show the chaos that the boys had on the island. The pilot that was under their supervision had run away and was later found dead by the boys. This showed and frightened the boys that their lack of responsibility and order that was very much needed or they would not survive. The second major difference between the novel and the book was the way Ralph acted towards Piggy. In the novel, Ralph and Piggy had not known in each other whereas in the movie they seemed to have a relationship from the start.
In Golding’s novel, Piggy began trusting Ralph and revealed some of his secrets such as how his name Piggy was discovered. Ralph used the information he learned about piggy to make fun of Piggy whenever the chance was possible. Ralph assumed that by making fun of Piggy it’s attract the boys, and he would become popular. Furthermore, by being verbally abusive, this was something he had in common with Jack and this helped him gain superiority. In contrast t o the novel, Ralph would constantly support piggy, and stick up for him when he was being bullied.
Lastly, the conch represented civilization and initially helped bring peace among the boys. The conch as well brought order to the island. In both the novel and the movie the boys had started off with both order and civilization but ended off losing all sense of society. When the conch had shattered in the book it had showed had civilization was completely destroyed but, when it did not break in the movie it did not represent anything of order or civilization, it looked like a shell that was just there.
It did not have the same symbolic representation like it did in the book. The 3 major differences that were seen are the shattering of the conch, the pilot’s presence, and Ralph’s attitude towards Piggy. Due to these major differences the novel left a greater impact on its readers than the movie on its viewers. Seeing the movie and as well reading the book, personally the book was a better. The book has a very different approach of that showed these 3 major differences to their full extent. Out of the two though, I would choose the book as more pleasant and unforgettable.
Author: Wallace Hartsell
Lord of the Flies: Movie and Book Comparison
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"Lord Of The Flies": Film And Book Comparison
It is always exhilarating to see the film version of a novel you've read. However, most of the times due the flexibility of the original novel it is much stronger than the film. The novel is able to explain the main idea with coherence and allows the reader to think and conclude about the story. The film version usually lacks these qualities, mainly due to the limited ways to express the theme of the story. Similarly, this is the same case with the novel, "Lord of the Flies". The main theme of the story is, "the dark side of human nature". The book is able to express the main theme better with some vivid scenes while the film version fails to do that.
To begin with, the film failed to show some important elements of the novel due to the deleted scenes of violence and bloody graphic. For instance, in the film version, when Roger pushed the boulder and killed Piggy they did not show the impact in which piggy was struck. However, in the novel it described the event with clear vividness and the commotion and tension that surrounded that instant. The book described Piggy's death as," Falling forty feet and landed on his back across that square, red rock in the sea. His head opened and stuff came out and turned red."(Chapter 11 page 201) This was a very important incident as it symbolized the evil of the boys and brought vivid memories to the reader. The book emphasized how the savagery of the boys killed piggy while the film failed to do that. Next, the film also failed to emphasis Jack's role as a savage, mainly because it is missing some scenes of Jack's killing of the pig. However the novel on the other hand developed Jack's character slowly as it progressed through his killing of pigs one after another foreshadowing his lust for blood and future violence. The novel clearly has achieved a more complete version of readers' impression on Jack.
On top of the deleted scenes, the film is also missing some events and happenings that were very representing and important to the development of the main theme. To starting things off, the film has failed to establish Simon as the "
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