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Compare two different film versions of Simon’s death in the novel ‘Lord Of The Flies’.

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Compare two different film versions of Simon's death in the novel 'Lord Of The Flies' The Lord of the Flies takes place on an island during World War II. I think that it is kind of significant since the isolation forms a sort of civilisation and community, a microcosm of the outer society. At the same time the island lacks law and order that results in the boys running wild and showing their true, ugly, evil inner selves. Since the island is a microcosm, in both Brooks and Hooks version they reflect the outside world very effectively. Sir Peter brooks version of the novel is the oldest amongst the two versions, being made in the 1960's in black and white. Harry Hook's version was made in the 1980's and in colour. During the 20 years gap between the two films, Hook's version has got improved sound quality and better picture quality. The sound quality in Brooks version is very unclear and there is a lot of loud crackling during the scenes. The picture quality in Hook's version is quite good, however when the hunters spot the beast, it is very hard to believe that they could have mistaken Simon for the beast, the lighting should have been darker and more mysterious. ...read more.

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He plays choir music; this could represent the Choir before they turned into cold-blooded killers. A light is also projected on Simon's body to show the audience that it was really Simon and also how brutally, cruelly and painfully the boys put him to death. The light shun on Simon could also symbolize peace, that he has passed away and gone to heaven. In Hook's version of the novel the scene starts of also with the hunters around the fire. However, they are not dancing around the fire, Hook's version has all the hunters in chaos and complete anarchy and all the hunters are chanting 'kill the beast, slit his throat, bash it in'. Compared to Brook's version where they are synchronised and dancing clockwise around the fire. I think that Hook created an even greater effect of evil by showing the boys dancing in slow motion. Hook used a Medium close-up shot of them dancing, this allows the audience to see the evil in their faces, the typical tribal way that the boys are dressed, for instance they camouflaged their faces and are topless and only wearing shorts/bottoms just like tribes traditionally do. Hook creates a hellish effect by making the fire glow on the hunter's faces as they are dancing around, this scene is quite well choreographed. ...read more.

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I also like Brook's version because Simon looks more innocent and has a smaller stature, which makes it easier to believe that he is good, and is a Christ-like figure. Overall Brook's version was darker and shadowy, and had a more violent scene of killing Simon I thought. You could actually hear the stabbing and poking of the sticks into Simon. The camera technique however in Hook's version was very effective, the way he used slow motion of the hunters around the fire showed the fury and evil of the hunters' faces. During most of Hook's film he used mostly Medium close-up shots, even during the slow motion I think he should have used close-up shots of some of the hunters to enhance and to make the evil in their faces clearer. In both of the versions numerous themes were presented and basic ideas that gave the audience to think about. One of the most basic and obvious themes is that society holds everyone together, values, and knowing what's right and wrong. Without society's rules, anarchy and savagery can come to light. In both version's by both directors I think successfully get the point across that the so called beast is actually a parachutist, a human. This symbolises that what they should be scared of is not some evil creature, but their own selves and other humans. Aly Khan COURSEWORK ...read more.

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