Comparing the Film and the Novel of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea

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Comparing the Film and the Novel of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea After having read the Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea" as a book in class, we also watched the film which was made afterwards because of the story's enormous popularity. As always, there are some ways in which the book differs from the film as well as the fact that they have several things in common. Taking into consideration that this novel was Hemingway's last desperate attempt at breaking through after all his previous narratives flopped I thought …show more content…
All those memories of his youth, idol and helper make the story more interesting because in this way you get an idea of his norms and values and what his life now and in the past looked like. This corresponds to Hemingway's life, so he represents Santiago. His norms and values are compared to the sea: in a struggle, nature will always win. Thus the message "don't give up" is characterised by faith and bravery. Those trains of thought, though not essential for the story, make it gripping. So what do we expect from the film?

· More depth in the story and events through an extra role, flashbacks or different storylines.

· Making the story less longwinded by bringing in more physical interaction.

· The general storyline with Santiago's thoughts, norms, values and struggles and how he overcomes them to be a little more exaggerated for extra psychological depth in the story and make the message clearer.

After having watched the film the first thing that struck me was that because of the lack of computer techniques and animations (there was no computer in the days it was produced), and the obvious changes between studio scenes and the
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