Lord of the Flies Comparative Essay (Film vs Book)

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Lord of the Flies comparative essay
The novel, “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding was published in 1954. It’s the story of a group of boys stranded on an island with no adults. Since then, it has had two film adaptions. The first adaption was produced in 1963, directed by the Englishman Peter Brook. This version was filmed in black and white and follows the events of the book very closely. The second adaption came twenty-seven years later in 1990, which was directed by the American Harry Hook. The second adaption did not quite follow the novel in terms of symbolism, the beast and the overall theme while the first adaption was more faithful to the novel.
The 1963 version of the film “Lord of the Flies” was filmed in black and white.
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Also, any scene where Piggy is addressing the group, the camera is looking down at him. This indicates how the group feels about him, that he is not important and looked down upon. When there is scenes of laughter and fun, the song the choir sings is always there. This is a stark contrast to when there is ever discussion about the beast or when there is hunting, then the sounds of a beating drum is heard. The drum beating faster shows that an act of savagery is soon to follow.

The 1990 version of the film “Lord of the Flies” was filmed in colour. It was directed by and American and had an all-American cast. This film did not follow the book as closely as the first film. It interpreted the message of the novel that the beast is in all of us and made a film that did not follow the book closely. This movie was set sometime in the late eighties to early nineties and featured American boys, not English boys that were in the novel. The boys were all part of a military school, so they all knew each other before the crash. Jack and Ralph are friends before the crash, which changes the whole course of the film as they must go from friends to enemies. Having an adult on the island also changed the dynamic of the film. In the novel, there was no adults, yet in the film, the boys save the pilot. Although the pilot does not take charge of the boys, having him on the island brings authority to the island, something that was not