Giver Adaptation Theory

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The Giver & Adaptation Theory After reading The Giver and watching the 2014 film in class, I have noticed lots of differences and similarities among the two. Most of the movie is correct but at the same time, they made some slight changes from the director’s perspective. I will apply Linda Hutcheon’s Adaptation Theory to analyze the choices that the director made in the movie that is different from the book. The first thing I would talk about is the main character Jonas, exactly like the book, it starts before the Ceremony of Twelve took place. In the movie, they called it the Ceremony of Sixteen which is completely different. According to the Adaptation Theory, the general audience wouldn’t really catch the error because they haven’t read…show more content…
According to the Adaptation Theory, The Giver would be a Constraint. He has the power to transmit memories to Jonas to help him gain intelligence, integrity, courage, and by time he would also receive wisdom. Jonas uses the memories that was provided by the Giver to make particular decisions and actions that he thought would be logical and made sense depending on the circumstance. The Giver in the movie is a lot different compared to the book. He is much friendlier in the book than the movie portrays him. He doesn’t have any altercations with the chief elder in the book compared to the movie. He transmits the memories completely differently in both the movie and film. The book says that The Giver places his hand over his back to pass on the memories but the movie he floats his hands over Jonas’s fist while sitting directly with one another. Many of the memories that Jonas have gotten from The Giver are different from both versions of the story. For example, instead of undergoing the pain from sunburn, alternatively he gets stung by a bee. The particular memory was an old memory from war when horses where using during battle, but most specifically, it is a memory from Vietnam. According to the Adaptation Theory, there is affordances from those specific memories the Giver gave Jonas. Those painful memories would make Jonas in discomfort and feel sadness because the things that he has…show more content…
There are many similarities from this event from the book and the movie. This ceremony in both are pretty vague until Jonas watched it all happen to one the identical twin weighted less than his other twin brother. Jonas recognized that his dad is essentially killing him but his father doesn’t comprehend this. The ending in both the movie and the book, Jonas runs away from the community with Gabriel with him. In the film, Jonas runs away because initially they were going to kill Gabriel but Jonas is saving him. In the book, Jonas takes his time and plans his escape carefully. According to the Modes of Engagement, the movie is telling us that Gabriel in the movie and book still deeply cares about Gabriel and has a strong connection with him. The movie had a scene when Jonas punched Asher in the face or point the finger at Fiona at all which never happened in the book. The Chief Elder doesn’t question Asher to lose Jonas if he sees him with his drone but there are no drones in the book whatsoever. In the book, after Jonas leaves the community by biking away in the middle of the night, not stealing a motorcycle but we only hear things from his viewpoint, and we don’t know for sure what happens back in the
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