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Comparisons between the film and written piece 'David Copperfield'.

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Charles dickens essay Comparisons between the film and written piece 'David Copperfield' was one of many novels Charles Dickens wrote. It was completed in 1849 and is written in an autobiography style. He tells his life story by pretending to be a Victorian boy by the name of 'David Copperfield'. He did this to make the story appear more interesting. The BBC had made a four-hour long film version of 'David Copperfield' and there are comparisons that can be made between the book and the film version. The first comparison is the way the book and the film establish mood. In the book Charles Dickens uses a wide range of vocabulary to give the reader an understanding of the mood that is being created. Charles Dickens uses a lot of abstract nouns in his sentences to describe his feelings. The sentence ' But these solemn lessons I remember as a death blow to my peace, and a grievous daily drudgery' is a sentence that he uses in the passage to describe the way he felt every time Mr Murdstone called him for a test. ...read more.


'How well I remember, when my smart and passion began to cool, how wicked I began to feel!' This sentence clearly shows that that the narrator has written about his past life by saying 'How well I remember'. In the film version narrative such as this wasn't used it was instead shown as flashbacks. A small amount of narrative was used in the film. When 'David Copperfield' was on his own there would be his adult voice in the background describing what he is going through. When you read the book you can always develop your own images and begin to visualise the characters, costumes, settings and type of life styles etc. Charles Dickens uses a few techniques to do this. He has a sharp eye for visualising. Dickens uses similes such as 'swells like a rolling snowball' and writing that Mr Murdstone refers to children as being 'a swarm of little vipers'. Comparing one thing with another can make you visualise things easily therefore makes it more interesting to read. ...read more.


When you see things on television you don't begin to visualise because it is already done. In the film version music is used to establish the mood. It makes some parts easier to understand by the kind of music that is used. Atmosphere is also an important comparison between the two because they are both created differently. The book uses words and techniques when writing whilst the film version can do this by a number of ways. Narrative also plays a part when it comes to the understanding. In the book some of the narrative is difficult to understand because Charles Dickens uses different words to describe things. Parts of the words used in the book are not used nowadays/ this is why it was harder to understand. There was less narrative in the film version, which made it easier to understand. Interpreting the body language of the actors also makes it easier than using narrative. More dialogue is used in the film version. This must be why it is a lot easier than the book to understand. Although the film version was easier to follow the book is enjoyable to read because you can visualise your own settings, characters etc. ...read more.

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