Everyday Use, Comparing And Contrasting The Short Story Of Alice Walker, To The Short Movie.

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Sameer BhavnaniProfessor BachmannEnglish 39 - Film Literature3 - 25 - 04Everyday UseOvichAlice Walker wrote a short story called "Everyday Use," based on her life as an African in early America. The story was made into a short film that followed the theme (African-American culture) of the story by keeping the plot, settings, conflict/climax, and characters the same. However, the story and short film differ in dialogue and point of view."Everyday Use," short film was more story oriented as it showed what Mama only described in the text: "Maggie will be nervous until after her sister goes: she will stand hopelessly in corners, homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs, eying her sister with a mixture of envy and awe." (WALKER 120) Mama was explaining how Maggie would feel when Dee comes to visit. In the movie, viewers had to wait and see until Dee's arrival to see Maggie's reactions, it wasn't told by Mama, but rather interpreted on screen by a moving image. This was done by changing the point of view from first person to third person. The movie did have a voice over by Mama as Maggie and herself raked the leaves before Dee's arrival, but that was not the same as the story, as the dialog in the story starts on the day Dee arrives but talks about what they did the day before: "I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy yesterday afternoon."(WALKER 120) Mama is talking about what she did the day before, but in the movie she was shown doing it.The reason for such a perspective change only makes sense, for scenes such as Mama and Dee arguing while Maggie is listening in the kitchen: "Maggie is now standing in the door. I could almost hear the sound her feet made as they scraped over each other."(WALKER 126) Mama realized that Maggie was listening in because she stood by the door. In the movie they show Maggie listening and getting more ticked off to the sounds of Dee's harsh words. Obviously if Mama was telling the story from first person point of view, she would have no idea of what Maggie was doing in the kitchen. So changing this in the movie was essential to the story but more importantly to the viewers. It was essential to adjusting to the new point of view, by not only showing Mama's events but more of the characters in the story. The viewers got to see the other half of the pie; it was more dramatic to see Maggie's feeling actually being hurt, than just assuming she heard the whole argument.While adjusting the point of view, another aspect had to be changed from the story, which was dialogue and scene structure. Dialogue had to be added just to replace many of Mama's narration that was cut out. A major scene reconstruction was taking out the house being burnt down and replacing the time cut with a longer and in-depth dinner scene. During the interview with Alice Walker, it was shown that the director shot the house being burnt down, but decided to leave it out. Only two reasons could come to one's...

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