Compare And Contrast Essay

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While the book “Left to Tell” by Immaculée Ilibagiza and the movie “Hotel Rwanda” by Terry George shows its share of similarities, both portray the Rwandan Massacre of 1994 in diversified ways. First, while both characters share similarities portraying the perspective of the genocide, they also show some major differences in the point of view as the main character in the movie was a hotel manager while the other main character from the book was a young, Tutsi woman. Also, while they face similar conflicts and hardships, both have their own personal field of adversities to face.
To start with, the movie and the book show a plethora of differences conveying the perspective of the genocide. First, while ethnic bloodlines were mixed in the country, Immaculée was a Tutsi girl that was raised in her parents’ love, which originally blinded her from the negativity of racism and prejudice. This was proven when Immaculée stated “…In our home, racism and prejudice were completely unknown”. Paul Rusesbagina on the other hand was a hotel manager and a successful businessman, not to mention he was of Hutu origin. Also the movie focuses primarily on him and his family while conveying the genocide from the events that were most relevant to the storyline. This is proven in the movie as he was one of the first and reoccurring characters we see within the conflicts throughout the movie from when Paul stated “…I’m sure you can take some money for your hard work”, to the Hutu commander when he was first asked for identification and within several other instances throughout the movie. In short, because the purpose of the film was to entertain the audience, the two hour movie cannot convey with detail the slaughter of 800,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis. The book however shows its point of view from a girl that constantly tries to evade rape, torture, and death while describing in brutal detail what goes on around her. This is proven because it was written from Immaculées’ point of view, and that holds weight because she was a survivor of the genocide which arguably conveys the carnage better. The book allows the readers to use their imagination as her story is being told to the audience, resulting in a more interpersonal portrayal of events.
On the other hand while there were a plethora of differences, there were also a considerable amount of similarities that portray the perspective of the genocide. Firstly, despite the ethnic and situational differences in the movie and in the book, both face a common enemy which were the Hutu extremists. This is proven when they asked Paul for identification and threatened to kill his family and in the book as well when Immaculée narrated the first attack on the village, stating how “…Two-dozen Interahamwe militiamen attacked our village, tossing grenades into homes”. Paul eventually sympathized with the Tutsis and turned his hotel into a refugee camp for them, putting his reputation and his life in danger. Immaculée...

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