2001: A Space Odyssey Compare and Contrast Essay

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Recently, our class read the book and watched the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The book is written by Arthur C. Clarke and the movie was directed by Stanley Kubrick. The book was written as a framework for the movie, so the two are mostly the same. But, while there were similarities, there were also some major differences. The story started with pre-historic ‘humans’ called man-apes. The man-apes were very primitive and on the brink of survival. One day, a huge monolith showed up and started messing with their minds and teaching them new concepts. In the book, each of the man-apes became ‘possessed’ by the monolith and forced to try new things, like tying knots and throwing rocks. Moon-Watcher was one of the chosen ones because …show more content…
Recently, our class read the book and watched the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The book is written by Arthur C. Clarke and the movie was directed by Stanley Kubrick. The book was written as a framework for the movie, so the two are mostly the same. But, while there were similarities, there were also some major differences. The story started with pre-historic ‘humans’ called man-apes. The man-apes were very primitive and on the brink of survival. One day, a huge monolith showed up and started messing with their minds and teaching them new concepts. In the book, each of the man-apes became ‘possessed’ by the monolith and forced to try new things, like tying knots and throwing rocks. Moon-Watcher was one of the chosen ones because he learned quickly, so the monolith continued to work with him until he made his entire pack of man-apes function better. Once Moon-Watcher learned how to kill other animals for food, his entire species was saved from extinction, and could now evolve into the humans we are today.
In the movie, the monolith showed up next to the man-apes and didn’t interact with them at all. Moon-Watcher was showed killing a creature, but there was nothing leading up to that moment. Though both ended with the same result, I prefer the book’s version of this spectacle better because it gave more details. The movie was very confusing and hard to keep up with because it jumped around so quickly. I also think it would have been more entertaining as an
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