Being there: comparing the novel with the film

Being there” shape an old gardener who has no connection with outside world in decades. He is the “TV” and “container” an authentic portrayal. The old gardener Chance regarded the television world as the real one because that it is the only way for him to communicate with others. He only knows how to accept the surface information form TV passively.

Novels and movies as two different means of artistic expression, although you can tell the same story, show the same kind of spiritual kernel, at the time of transformation to remain entirely consistent difficulty is very high.

Narrative differences

The first chapter of the novel confessed that the chance was a gardener. Chance stay in a fixed residence without contact with the outside world. The background of the formation of natural conditions revealed. The novel will has a large section of the mental heart activities description. An example is when Chance was watches television. In the book, the narrator explains that when Chance changed the channel, he felt like he was changing himself. When he changes the channel, he felt his life along with the trajectory has changed.

While the film begins, when he got up, he turned on the TV. When the old man died when he went to see the TV remote control, his line of sight was informed. Another difference between the book and the movie is that the film has some extra scenes. In the film, when Chance was forced to leave his, he met a group of black people. By increasing chance and more people dialogue scenarios the film reflects the chance in eyes of others.

The use of media aesthetics in film

The director used the lens language to explain the attendance of watching TV many times. Such as: when the old man died when he was looking at TV, when forced out of the original home he packed the clothes when the TV as the background sound was always changing programs. In the old man’s furniture are covered with a white cloth seal of the time, chance is still calm watching TV. The background of the sound and space environment makes the director of the success of this life in the shape of the image of television.

Another additional scene in the movie is when Chance is in the elevator with one of the Rand’s servants. Chance does not know where he is and why Chance asks the servant some questions about the room; he laughs and thinks that Chance is joking around. In this book, Chance knows what the elevator is because he sees the elevator on the TV. Some other stuff was added to the movie, making it more comedy.

The film succeeds in interpreting being there

As McLuhan “media is the extension of the human” theory, due to long-term exposure to television, Chance’s eyes, ear senses have been extended, he knew that thousands of miles away from his world happened, but not their lives Any comments. He does not understand love, do not know how to kiss, do not know how people around death and their own. The film’s dramatic features make him “simple” to be accepted and praised.

But in the end, he will finally cry for the death of a friend. The woods, then he walk on the water. Except for God, there is nothing on earth that can walk on water. In this book, the opportunity to give somebody the quality, such as the ability to think and feel something. The end of the book can be interpreted as meaning the chance of death.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. gwang12 says:

    Your sharing is insightful. Actually, the story is a little abstract for me.

  2. qzhang16 says:

    your analysis is logic and reminds me of related films which adapt from the novel,

  3. Yaru says:

    I read this book at a sitting,can not help to know the end of the story.Love it!

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