The Orchid Thief

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  • The Orchid Thief

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    of books adapted for film, the example of Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief" is an inquisitive one, and in addition one of, if not the, most interesting adaptation. Charlie Kauffman (whose undertaking it was to adequately adjust the book for the multiplexes), with the assistance of a past teammate (director Spike Jonze), broke every one of the principles of adaptation and, in the end, made a masterpiece. Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief" is an enthusiastic, journalistic expedition through the lives

  • The Jackhammer Syndrome Poem Analysis

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    individuals must learn to control. However, a certain sense of liberating freedom is also attached to the idea of living in uninhibited by the guidelines that society imposes. “The Jackhammer Syndrome”, a poem by Al Purdy, and Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief present two different narratives concerning the pursuit of personal desire and deal with the consequences that ensue from this behavior. Their characters’ experiences suggest that the unchecked pursuit of personal desires, at the expense of conformity

  • Transformity Vs Conformity

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    Syndrome and The Orchid Thief address this idea, introducing the conflict that there is between conformity and personal fulfillment, suggesting that, to follow one’s own desires is the difficult path, but it is the path that leads to true prosperity. For someone to pursue their desires requires them to sacrifice self-consciousness of what other people think of the way they’re living their life. Living life in order to please others is an extreme waste of potential. In, The Orchid Thief, John Laroche

  • Analysis of Susan Orlean's 'The Orchid Thief'

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    THE ORCHID THIEF The Seminoles The Seminole Indians are a tribe of Native Americans who are based in Florida but have moved across further and also settled themselves in neighboring Oklahoma. Historically, the Seminole Indians have been successful traders, which are evidenced from their vast trading networks during the periods of Spanish and British colonization of the region. This explains their adeptness at facilitating the trade of rare orchid flowers from Florida to markets in other parts of

  • Adaptation, Metafiction, Self-Creation

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    Metafiction, Self-Creation”, Julie Levinson writes, “Adaptation is an exemplar of a particular type of metafiction in which the narrative charts its own processes of creation” (Levinson). In short, Adaptation follows Kaufman’s struggles to adapt The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, which is about investigation of the odd plant man, John Laroche. Adaptation was released in 2002, directed by Spike Jonze, and written by Kaufman. The film mocks clichés and typical narrative Hollywood conventions by continually

  • Kaufman's Adaptation Of Harrison Bergeron

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    Kaufman’s adaptation titled The Emperor will be released soon. Though Kaufman stays true to the main plot points, he digs deeper into Harrison’s final stand on the stage. Kaufman is well known for his successful adaptations of other books including The Orchid Thief and his own Being John Malkovich. Kaufman stays true to the roots of “Harrison Bergeron”, keeping both the time and both settings of the short story the same. The movie follows both the plot happening in the dance theater and the plot happening

  • Reflection Paper

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    I was extremely lucky to be placed in a first-year seminar that had such a unique topic with great individuals to share the class with. Throughout the last few months, I have gained friendships and knowledge within the course, Plants and Human Affairs. Within this course, I have learned and extended my understandings on the interactions between humans and plants. Throughout the semester, the class has read a variety of books, all relating to plants and people interaction. We have also been exposed

  • Susan Orwell's Chinese Cinderella

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    Cinderella’ in terms of authority, character, story and thesis. To have authority signifies whether you believe the story and are able to immerse yourself into the world the writer’s created for you and simply have faith that the words are true. ‘The Orchid Thief’ was originally supposed to be an article for the newspaper, but Orleans saw the potential it had and, therefore, created a creative non-fiction text. As someone with a journalistic background, the readers would trust

  • Adaptation: Writing and Film Charlie

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    "Adaptation" Directed by: Spike Jonze 1) Our film starts with a monologue. The voice is that of Charlie Kaufman, a screen writer with a tendency to take every aspect of his own life into a negative, pessimistic mindset and rationalization. Set to begin in Hollywood, California just after the release of "Being John Malkovich". (A film Charlie had previously adapted into a screen

  • Don Quijote and the Neuroscience of Metafiction Essay

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    played by the same actor, Nicolas Cage. who plays Charlie). (By the way, both real-life Charlie and fictitious Donald appear in the credits for the film.) In the course of the film, the writer who wrote the article comes to see the real-life orchid thief. As the plot develops, the writers of the film become characters in the (fictional) film that they are writing and I am watching. Adaptation, writes its New York Times reviewer, A. O. Scott, "is . . . a movie about its own nonexistence." Scott

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