Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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  • Topic: Grammatical person, Narrative, James Arthur Williams
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  • Published : January 30, 2007
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Throughout the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, the story is conveyed from a first person's point of view, mainly from the perspective of the narrator. The story is about the narrator's journey when he observes and learns a great deal of things about residents in Savannah and their ways of life. The movie, on the other hand, is somewhat inaccurate. Though it is long, approximately about three hours, it leaves many important details about the town, main characters and the narrative. The main setting of the story is Savannah, which is central to the significance of the book. Savannah is portrayed as an historic town on its own island. "They were content to remain in their isolated city under self-imposed house arrest." The first few chapter of the book describes the surrounding and scenery of Savannah, and the feeling when one visits the town, which is a totally different world. Savannah is "hushed and secluded bower of a city on the Georgia Coast." Savannah's resistance "to change was its saving grace. The city looked inward, sealed off from the noises and distractions of the world at large. It grew inward, too…"However, the movie left out the description of the city, although, there are historic buildings which conveys the atmosphere of Savannah. Though the story is told from a first person perspective, more information about Williams is addressed in the beginning of the book. He is "a stellar individual. He's brilliant. Successful. Much admired. A little arrogant, maybe. But rich. And the house ain't bad either" Unlike the movie, the reader hardly gains any information about Jim Williams. The movie did not mention about how Jim Williams became wealthy from selling the island nor mention about Jim's gambling strategy called ‘Psycho Dice' which Jim claims he could beat the odds simply by concentrating on the numbers he wants to roll. There is a reasonable amount about Savannah life, which is shown by the rich description of residents, who have...
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