Charles Dicken's "Great Expectations" In Movie Format.

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Exploring TextsSecond AssignmentI have chosen to do a close analysis of the book "Great expectations" by Charles Dickens. I compared it to the modern day (1997) adaptation into film. The scene I choose to look at was the opening scene of the film and the book, which gives us a useful introduction into the story. It also introduces to us the main characters that we need to be familiar with because have a key role in the film. Also it is a vital part of the film because it sets the story.The very first two paragraphs in the book Pip is talking about his family, mainly his deceased parents and brothers. So straight away we have morbid images of deaths in our minds, which bring thoughts of unhappiness and misfortune to mind. We now should get the idea of the type of story this is going to be. Pip who is the central character in the story is trying to imagine his parents; he hasn't seen them because they died shortly after he was born. He's imagined them to be very rigid characters with no good traits being mentioned. This is building up the atmosphere of the scene and story, its very affective because it has the reader already feeling sympathy on the boyHowever the opening to the film is completely different. We are shown drawings, which we later come to realize are Pips, whose name is changed in the film to fit in with the modern day adaptation. The drawings all show moments in his life, which have stood out, so he's drawn them. None of the photos are in colour they are all just sketched in black. This is also a morbid opening into the film so it sets the mood. There is no music so it lets the viewers make up their own mind about what to expect. All the photos are close shots; this is so the audience get a feeling of closeness with the pictures, because the pictures in themselves tell a story.The first scene in the film shows us a boat that has Pip in it. He's on the river trying to sketch pictures of the fish. It's a wide shot, this gives the viewers a chance to see the surroundings, which is just more river with seagulls flying about. This is meant to be the equivalent to the marshes in the book. Then we have a voice over from an older sounding Pip talking to us, telling us what he' about to show us. So the film is done as if he is looking back on his life. Its early morning and the sky is grey, giving the scene a dreary morbid look, this is the mise-en-scene. We hear light music, which is meant to create a relaxed atmosphere, because that is how Pip must be feeling sitting in his boat. The sound is reflecting his mood. He's all by himself out in the middle of the river; this is unusual for a young child so you get the sense of loneliness. Or him escaping to focus on something different, to get away from his real life.The second main paragraph in the first chapter of the book describes the marshes, which surround the area he lives in. From him describing this you visualize the place he lives in to be bleak and unwelcoming. It sounds like a poor...

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