The Final Climatic Scene On Prom Night

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The most prominent separation between the two adaptations is the final climatic scene on prom night. The two major distinctions are Carrie kissing Tommy and killing her gym teacher in De Palma’s version. Carrie kissing Tommy is significant, because it is an act of betrayal against Sue, a fellow female. In Peirce’s version, Carrie also gets swept up in the moment and is about to kiss Tommy, but stops herself as a gesture of respect for Sue. In De Palma’s version every woman is for herself and ready to terrorize or betray any woman to get what she wants. The lack of diversity in female characters leads to a message that all women are innately selfish and destructive people. Even as an adult, Ms. Collins laughs at the pig’s blood being dropped on Carrie. Although it is highly unrealistic that an educator, who has been supportive and protective over Carrie, would laugh at such a childish and reprehensible act, De Palma includes the gym teacher’s betrayal and consequential death by Carrie. The adult female is then labeled as the same antagonist as the adolescent girls, cementing De Palmas message of the horror of femininity. Peirce’s version circumvents this portrayal and shows a concerned Ms. Desjardin. Carrie in her anger is about to strangle Ms. Desjardin, but she realizes her genuine friendship and spares her life. Through the chaos and destruction it is a moment of kindness, which mirrors Peirce’s adaptation in general incorporating moments of kindness and respect between

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