Ompare and Contrast essay (the Reader novel vs film)
This is a compare and contrast essay for the movie and novel versions of the Reader.
Write an essay of a minimum of 750 words on the topic below. You need to acknowledge your sources in the paper. Your essay should introduce the texts you are working with and have a thesis about them your interpretation and/or evaluation and your thesis needs to be supported by discussing the relevant characters, setting, dialogue, symbols, etc. Remember that when you quote a passage from the novel the page number follows in parentheses.
Compare and contrast Michaels visit to the Holocaust survivor in New York in both the book and film versions of The Reader. Did you prefer one version over the other? Why or why not? In responding to this question be sure to explain how the director, Stephen Daldry, changes the significance of the original scene, if you think he does. (Most viewers, I believe, would find that he changes the meaning of the scene.) What are the key elements in terms of setting, character and dialogue in his revision? Perhaps other changes he made to the story or the characters before this scene (for example, changes to Hannas character) could also affect how the movie scene and the characters in it are viewed. In any event, which one did you prefer and why? Also, which notion regarding the role of student in the camp do you prefer?
Hey writer, the part he is referring to is where Michael travels to New York to visit a Jewish holocaust survivor, at the very end of the story. Here are some ideas provided by my instructor that you may include in the essay. Definitely develop these points and add your own points to strengthen the essay. Thank you.
The metallic bridge, backdrop of the city symbolize somberness and isolation
As he enters the womans office, he looks at the setting as he tries to get the vibe of the apartment – suggests that the survivor is affluent and cultured because of the art pieces)
-Woman (most holocaust survivors are educated and cultured) – Hanna is not
The body position of the woman during their conversation is defensive
She says Start with being honest with mein the film – this makes her the interrogator and shows that Michael has something to hide – sternness
The part where she returns home and stares at her tin can and photos represents the family she lost in the camp and holocaust.
In the novel, Michael travels to New York by train from Boston. In the film, he goes there in a taxi.
In the novel, I think he also dreams of Hanna on his way to New York, but I am not sure about this, if I am correct then this could suggest that Hanna is still with him and there for him.
In the novel, both Michael and the woman speak German, which suggests similarity, shared past.
In the novel, there is laughter during the scene, which represents a lighter take on things, and the books view on Hanna is also more sympathetic to the things she did
Film : Critical of Michael and his attitude towards the camp
He is being disrespectful to the woman as he thinks that there are lessons out of the camps, but in reality, nothing comes out of it except death.
Novel : Not critical of Michael, talks about the role of student at the camps