The Birds Vs Essay

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In the movie The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock as well as in the short story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier, nature wreaks havoc on human beings. The movie and the story take place in seaside towns. Hitchcock chooses the seaside town of Bodega Bay, California for the movie setting. Du Maurier selects a seaside town in England. The residents of the towns are brutally attacked by birds that increase in viciousness with every attack. The wind seems to change overnight and it is winter. This shift in the weather sets the tone for the catastrophic change in the natural order of things to follow. "The Birds" story and The Birds movie have more differences than similarities.Nat Hocken notices there are more birds than usual, over land and sea. Nat Hocken tries to protect his wife, his daughter Jill and his son Johnny from the unexpected brutal attack of seagulls, robins, finches, sparrows, larks and other types of birds. These are birds that normally stayed within their own flocks and territories and now had joined forces in their attack on mankind. In the movie, Mitch Brenner tries to protect his mother, Lydia, his sister Cathy and his girl friend Melanie Daniels from the attack of birds of all kinds. In both the story and the movie you have two men fighting nature to protect their families and people they love from danger."The Birds" is a short story written by Daphne du Maurier in 1952. It was first published in England as part of a collection of her short stories entitled The Apple Tree, published by Gollancz Publishing. It was then published in the American tradition in 1953 by Doubleday and 2 Company entitled Kiss Me Again, Stranger . Daphne du Maurier is known for writing stories that contain mystery, exciting plots and simplicity of style. " "The Birds" is a wholly atmospheric story, beautifully paced and unmarred by the intricacies of plot, which sometimes spoiled Daphne's original ideas. The tension of birds attacking humans in hordes is sustained throughout. The birds themselves, shuttling on window-sills, pecking at glass panes, swooping in from the sea in millions, are horrifyingly real. "The Birds," wrote Victor Gollancz, is a masterpiece." (Forster 259) Victor Gollancz warned Daphne du Maurier that even though he loved the story she should brace herself for shocked reviews because of the violence it contained. Hitchcock took little from the story besides the basic idea of birds attacking. He transferred the locale to California, changed names, added scenes and themes and altered the ending. The story ended while the movie left you thinking that the terror continued.Alfred Hitchcock produced and directed the movie The Birds. This movie was loosely based on Daphne du Maurier's short story. Evan Hunter wrote the screenplay for this Universal Pictures movie released on January 1, 1963. Alfred Hitchcock's...

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