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Compare And Contrast Essay

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The book and movie “The Landlady” by Roald Dahl is about a young man called Billy Weaver who is looking for a bed and breakfast to stay for the night. He comes across a low priced hotel with a peculiar landlady who knows how to make an eerie night for her customers. The book and movie have two key differences and one important similarity. The setting in both the book and movie are different, changing the mood. The resolution is different which gives the reader/viewer an opposing view. Billy’s choice in the beginning of the story and movie gives the same plot. If any of these ideas had been the same between the movie and book, or had been changed, there would be contrasting thoughts from the reader/viewer.

In the book “The Landlady”, the story starts out in the cold at night time. ”… it was about nine o’clock in the evening and the moon was coming up out of a clear sky over the houses opposite of the station entrance. But the air was deadly cold and the wind was like a flat blade of ice on his cheeks.” When the book starts out with cold wind in the night it is to give an eerie feel. This aspect differs from the movie. In the movie of “The Landlady”, the setting starts out much different than it does in the book. It starts in about the middle of a temperate day. The movie starts out when Billy is first on the train, but then gets off at his stop. Though there are gray clouds, there is much light. You can tell it is about midday because of this. Billy is wearing a coat which might tell you that its cold outside, but other than that, there are no signs to show the temperature. This aspect of the setting is important because its different than the book. In the book it’s dark and cold to give the spooky feel but because the movie doesn’t have that, the viewer may not feel as afraid.

In “The Landlady” the resolution ends with a cliffhanger in saying that he was the only guest she had in the last year or so, after telling him that she stuffs her pets when they pass. “...she said, ’I stuff all my little pets when they pass away’ …Billy said ‘…Excuse my asking, but haven’t there been any other guests here except them in the last two or three years?’ ‘No, my dear’ she said, ‘Only you.’” These quotes were necessary because they show that Billy was very curious about the other guests after she addressed that she stuffed her pets. It ended in a cliffhanger and didn’t come out and tell you what happened because it wanted to leave you questioning and thinking about what may happen....

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