• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. There he was, in his beloved chair again, watching an all too familiar war ...

    He got to his feet. He found the whole scenario quite funny. The waiter was standing in the doorway giving a smile as though he had achieved something great. Jack was stumbling with laughter around his bedroom. As soon as he saw the waiter however, he froze, his laughter changed into a silent stare across to the pale man.

  2. Compare and Contrast the 1963 and 1990 film versions of Lord of the Flies. ...

    the film Jack makes up the nickname Piggy because Piggy started a fight with him. In the book the beast was meant to be a made up thing but in this film the beast was an Adult who was presumed to be dead.

  1. Compare the opening scenes in Brooks' film with the opening pages of Golding's novel ...

    The film brings the novel to life which Golding finds very hard to do. Golding talks about the boys in a general aspect, he uses the boys to represent humanity on the whole whereas Brook brings the novel down to earth and shows the boys belonging to a 'civilised' society,

  2. From studying Source A, whish is part of an article written in the East ...

    The Metropolitan Police also took many other measures to try and capture the person that was carrying out these atrocities. In the beginning of October the police activity was intensified largely. Extra police patrolled the streets and assistance was sent to the Metropolitan Police from the Central Office at Scotland

  1. A media study comparing two cinematic interpretations of Golding's Lord of the Flies: the ...

    The fear of the unknown (in this case the beast is unknown and is put into the boy's heads by their imaginations) can be a powerful force, which can turn people to either insight or hysteria. The boys end up killing Simon because the happenings which have occurred have lead

  2. Read Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954) and also seen the scene ...

    In the text a spear is placed under the rock implying that it was heavy and needed some force to move it. In the text it says that "Ralph heard the great rock long before he saw it. He was aware of a jolt in the earth that came to

  1. Compare the way the novel and the film of Lord of the Flies present ...

    In the novel Piggy is described as "fat" and the actor that plays Piggy is almost identical to the character portrayed in the novel. With his glasses and asthma, he is a believable character and the personality of Piggy is also very accurate.

  2. Themes, Motifs, and Symbols - Themes are the fundamental concepts addressed and explored in ...

    The storm explodes over the island. In the whipping rain, the boys run for shelter. Howling wind and waves wash Simon's mangled corpse into the ocean, where it drifts away, surrounded by glowing fish. At the same time, the body of the parachutist is blown out into the lagoon, never to be discovered by the other boys.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work