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How does the director of the film, 'The Lord of the flies' seek to represent the novels themes using filmic techniques?

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How does the director of the film, 'The Lord of the flies' seek to represent the novels themes using filmic techniques? In this essay, I intend to analyse the differences within the book and the film, 'The Lord of the flies'. In the novel, 'The Lord of the flies' the story begins in the aftermath of a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean during an unnamed war in which a group of English school boys are isolated on what they assume to be an island, under no adult supervision they are left to fend for themselves, create their own friendships and fight their own battles. Where as in the film, although this also happens, we are able to see what the characters actually look like and how they react to the situation in being in an island. Here, we are able to visually see their reaction, which makes it easier for us to analyse how the characters are feeling. However, in the book, Golding does not tell us how they react, instead he focuses mainly on Piggy's character which makes it more difficult for us to find out what they think of being on the island. I think that Golding focuses more on Piggy, as later on in the film he relates Piggy and the killing of the pig together. Golding tries to teach us and warn us of the evil nature of mankind. He shows this through the book in that we are evil and that it is only society that keeps us from committing crimes. ...read more.

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This is shown through symbolism. One-way, the director, Peter Brook tries to show this is through the use of sound, in the film. At the beginning of the film when we see the children we hear choir sounds. However, as time passes in the film, the music is changed to a more horrific, fearful sound. This suggests to us, that the inner evil of the children has been revealed. The use of sound enhances out perception of the children, and develops our ideas, in that the society a person lives in can influence or change the way they act and behave. We are unable to see this in the Novel. In the novel Golding frequently uses imagery to describe the scenery and the setting. An example of this, occurs in the first passage where Golding's writes, ... " The last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon"... However, in the film, we are visually able to see the island, which gives us a better description and observation of it. In a way, we can visualise our selves actually in the island. This aspect also relates back to the use of sound in the film, as when something happens to the island itself, i.e. the big fire at the end, we can hear the sound and noises of it, which interests us more as well as helps us to observe how the characters are feeling. Golding uses a lot of symbolism through out the book. ...read more.

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In this way, the different descriptions of the beast can differ, as it depends whether the individual has read the novel or actually seen it. Here the director adds scenes to interest the reader more - this is when we actually see the parachute and human. As a conclusion, I think that the techniques that the director, Peter Brook uses in the film are more effective and shows a better perception of the aspects within the story, than the Novel, by Golding does. Here, we are able to develop our ideas and suggests what things symbolize more easily. In addition, we can understand the outline of the story with fewer problems. However, some aspects within the film also make us unclear about what things are meant to show. This is shown above where I have stated about the scene on revealing the beast as being a human and parachute. Overall the book and film do use different techniques to show the events, and I think that the most effective techniques used in the film, is the use of sound and symbolism. I think that the murders add to a nice touch to the story since they are both dramatic and moving. The symbolism adds another level to the enjoyment, however, as we can physically see the murders in the film and observe the characters reactions, it makes it more clear to us why things have and haven't been used in the film and why we make different perceptions of aspects within 'The Lord of the flies'. The Lord of the Flies By Amy Amin 11. Mr Leycock ...read more.

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