The Body Vs. "Stand By Me"

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This is a comparison between the book The Body, by Stephen King, and the movie made based on it, Stand By Me. It talks about whether or not the movie captures the essence of the book.Have you ever tried to interpret or describe another person's dream they have told you about? Oppositely, has anyone ever tried to interpret or describe one of your dreams to another person after you have told them? If so, how did it turn out? More than likely, their description and/or interpretation of how they viewed the occurrences in your dream were far different than the actual visions that you had in your head. For that reason, only you yourself can describe and interpret something that has happened to or is personal to you most accurately when sharing it with others. We see a good example of this in the movie the "Stand By Me" based on the book, The Body by Stephen King. While capturing most of the sentiments that Stephan King bestowed upon us as readers, the director did not successfully capture the most important aspects in certain and important scenes of the movie. In essence, the movie does not successfully capture the story's soul in depth when covering the three themes of friendship, growing up and social status.First and foremost, we will take a look at the theme of friendship in comparison to the book and the movie. In the movie, there seems to be a major focus on the value of friendship. I don't believe the value of friendship is as notarized in the novel as it is in the movie. For instance, while Chris and Gordie (two main characters) are walking together without the companionship of Vern and Teddy (the other two), Chris asserts powerful and yet realistic words to Gordie. " 'And you know what Gordie? By next June, we'll all be quits.'?'It's asshole if your friends can drag you down.'(p380-p381) " This basically says it all right here. However, if that is not enough evidence, King once again shows that friendship is not that important in this next quote: "'Teddy and Vern slowly became two more faces in three-thirty detention. We nodded and said hi. That was all.'(p432)" They went from being the best of friend to nearly unfamiliar faces and forgotten memories. Friendship was clearly not in the air here. In opposition, the movie portrays the theme friendship to be so very valued like when Chris cries in front of Gordie. Chris would not have been that soft to cry. The movie portrays the idea of "What are friends for?" Stephen King just focuses more on the matter of growing up and how your social status affects your life where the movie's main theme is friendship, completely missing the heart of the book in that particular subject matter.Subsequently, we are brought to the theme of growing up. This is one of the true themes of the book and yet the theme that is not well represented in the movie. King gives many examples of the route of growing up in his writing of this book. One example being, " 'Me? I'm a writer now?A lot of critics think what I write is...

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