Grand Isle and the Awakening

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Name : Yomana a/p Chandran

Title : Comparison between The Awakening and The Grand Isle. The novel entitles The Awakening and the movie entitles The Grand Isle is about a woman, Edna Pontellier who is arrested by the norms of the creole society she lives and she gets to Grand Isle, an island for summer holidays. She is often left by her husband, Leonce Ponteliier who treats his wife as his possession. She starts longing for love and companionship and she meets Robert Leburn for love and Alcee Arobin for lust. There are several comparisons that I would like to make between the novel and the movie. Firstly, in the sense of point of view, the novel and the movie have different eyes on them. The novel is written from the eyes of an author, Kate Chopin whereas the movie is filmed from the eyes of a movie director, Mary Lambert. We could see how different their views are even when it is based on the same story line. All the characters are the same in the novel and the movie but the way they portray their characteristics in these two dimensions are totally different. In the novel, the author’s pen which jot down the adjectives add on to the beauty of each character but in the movie, the actors and actresses reveal their talents in acting artistically and classically as they are taught too. This actually led to some misjudgement while watching the movie. For instance in my opinion, Leonce Pontellier is a male chauvinist in the novel and it is not an uncommon sight of that era but in the movie, he is portrayed as a villain, opposing Edna’s character which makes the story gets out of track. The director could have paid more attention to the characters and understand them denotatively and not just superficially. Secondly, the comparison could be made in the sense of the story line. In the novel, the author has written descriptively about each scene from beginning until the ending. She has described even a minute scene in detail to attract the readers to...
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