Film Analysis Story vs. Film - Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Film vs. Short Story Analysis– The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
In reviewing the Paramount film adaptation of The Curious of Benjamin Button, directed by David Fincher and screenplay by Eric Roth, with the original story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one may conclude that there are more differences than there are similarities. The film version does maintain the main premise of the story, in that, it tells the tale of a man born old that grew up to be young, a story on aging. I will attempt to provide you with my view of the two mediums regarding their characters, settings and elements in the film that enhance or distract from the story.
First, let’s review the characters in the main story, of which there are few in the literary story
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The film version contained two mothers’, actually; the birth mother who dies giving birth to him that we later find out was named Caroline, her maiden name being Murphy. We catch a brief glimpse of her just after the birth when she makes the father promise that Benjamin would have a place in his life. Of course he is upset and he looks at what may be a monstrosity for a son, blaming the child for her death and dumps Benjamin on the stairs at the old folk’s home where an African-American woman, named Queenie, becomes his surrogate mother. Here is a loving and nurturing individual that raises him in the film where there is no loving or nurturing female in the literary story.
Now in the literary story Benjamin has a grandfather who at the start was antagonized, became to enjoy his grandson’s company. It is a brief account of his grandfather but a meaningful one as this was the first one who gave him a sense of acceptance. The film version gave him acceptance through Queenie and we never get to know a grandfather; though one could say the patrons at the old folk’s home could have been grandparent surrogates for Benjamin. The patrons at the old folks home taught him many things but his experience living there taught him not to fear death and what loss was about which, in a sense, desensitized the character so that when Queenie passes he is not visibly upset.
The last characters that I will discuss will be the love
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