In 1963, a new British film was released into the movie theaters. Directed by the Englishman Peter Brook, it was thought to be a remarkable film for that time. Of course, the movie seems outdated and almost ludicrous to us now, but it was very popular at the time of its airing. It was based off of William Golding’s book Lord of the Flies, and the movie seemed to follow the book fairly closely. The basic book plot was followed except for a few scene changes, like when the director left out that one of the boys goes missing. Also, almost all of the characters who were mentioned could be seen in the movie. However, the book and the movie differ in quite a few ways. Overall, the 1963 movie is less confusing and much less difficult to understand than Golding’s book.
One of the reasons for this thesis is that the audio and video aspects of the movie make the story much less confusing. The fact that, in the movie, you can actually see the characters helps the viewer tremendously. Trying to keep track of all the similarly talking boys and nameless children that Golding introduces to the readers in his book is very difficult. In the movie, because each nameless boy now at least has a face and can be identified by the viewers, this action is so much less confusing. In the book, Golding just sticks the twins Sam and Eric into one being and all the little kids into one mass nicknamed “the little ’uns” (47). This action just makes everything much more difficult to keep track of. The movie helps you to see that Sam and Eric are in fact two different people, and this change allows the viewer to be able to follow Sam and Eric separately. It also places a different small dirt-covered face on each “little ’un,” and helps the viewers to distinguish them, and understand the plot much more easily (47). The viewers of the movie are able to put their full focus into following the plot, instead of trying to keep track of all the names and confusing titles that Golding throws at readers. It helps for a much more appealing and easier experience.
The audio aspect also comes into play, in many different ways. One of the confusing and quite annoying habits that Golding has is to never actually say who is doing the talking. Whether it is a main character, or a boy you had never even been introduced to before, the reader has to work very hard at following the conversation and making assumptions about who is speaking. Doing this task is very tedious and can cause the reader not to absorb the text at all, becoming completely lost as the story continues to unfold. Another difficult part of the book is the boys bad grammar and the way they speak. One example is when Ralph says “ass-mar” when referring to Piggie’s asthma (3). In the movie, you can see each boy talking and recognize and know who it is. The viewers have no real work to do, and they can just relax and enjoy the movie.
In addition, the plot-line of the movie is very simple to understand and much easier to follow...