Compare & Contrast
Review Chapter 11 and write the rough draft of your Comparison Contrast essay using what you’ve learned about this pattern. It must be typed and double spaced, with 12 pt font, and posted as an attached Word doc.
Read Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” watch the movie and write about the differences in your own words. (Both are linked below). Be sure to brainstorm your points, and prewrite using a graphic organizer. Include an introduction (that shows your purpose/thesis), body paragraphs with topic sentences (to illustrate your points) and a conclusion that summarizes your essay and refers to your original purpose or thesis.
1. Do not write a summary of the story; assume your reader is a Literature teacher who knows the story very well, has read the short story and watched the movie many times.
2. This essay must be at least 500 words and 100% must be your own words. The only quotes, if any, should be directly from the story or movie. Do not use Cliff Notes, Spark Notes, or any outside sources. etc. Assume your reader is also very familiar with such websites and their content.
Answer to the Project
The Tell-Tale Heart Movie and Story Comparison
Seda (16) states that in art, collaboration between literature and film is a pointer to the intertextuality of the two branches, and almost every literary piece has a film adaptation. The biggest challenge for the movie adaptation of the story is the difficulty in applying the first-person narration. The use of ‘I’ in the film narration is discarded because it heralds a challenge for the seamless presentation of the young man’s perspective (Seda 24). The first notable difference between the film and the story is that in the film, the servant is portrayed as male, while in the book, Poe does not mention the servant’s sex. On the other hand, both the presentations follow the same storyline of a servant who is crazed by his master’s eye. Shovey portrays the eye as almost white while the story mentions that it was pale blue. The film also includes an element of weather as it rains throughout the script while the story makes no mention of the weather.
The film shows the servant first hitting the master with his lantern before throwing him on the floor and toppling over the bed on him. The story does not mention what the servant does to the man after throwing open the lantern and leaping into the room, it only indicates that the old man shrieked out once. In the story, it is expected that the old man shrieked as the servant was in the process of ending his life. In the movie, the old man lets out the shriek as the servant charges towards him, consequently, it is not a shriek of a person in pain, instead, it is a shriek of a person uncertain of the fate that is about to fall him.
In the story, the servant pulls the heavy bed over the man and smiles gaily. In the film, the man throws the bed over the old man and then proceeds to jump on it, presumably to increase the pressure on the old man and kill him faster, after which he relaxes and smiles gaily. In the story, the servant puts his hand on the dead master to feel his pulse while in the film, he simply looks at the old man to tell whether he still has a pulse. He then drags the body to the adjacent room where he dismembers it, in the story, there is no mention of whether he cut up the body in the same room or in another.
The movie portrays conversation when the old man tells his servant, “Ready the carriage for our journey,” “Very well sir” (3:56). “Would there be anything else sir?” “No my boy, that would be all for tonight.” “Very well sir” (5:12). At 19:34, the officers introduce themselves as officer Brown, officer Clemont, and officer Reilly (Shovey). Again, there is a conversation as the police officers explain the reason of their visit to the man. In the story, Poe simply states, “There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police” (Poe). The policemen express gratitude to the man in the film for his hospitable demeanor. They even complain about how they are overworked at night. The story only states that as the servant sat eeringly, the officers chatted of familiar things.
In spite of the minor deviations from the story, the film does a good job of depicting and animating Edgar Poe’s unnerving story. The actors do an excellent job in portraying the famous vignette.
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