While they appear innocent and defenseless, birds can be dangerous and even deadly. Daphne du Maurier wrote a suspenseful and horrifying short story called “The Birds“ in 1952 . In 1963 Alfred Hitchcock directed a film based on Daphne Maurier’s short story. Sharing several similarities, the two versions also contain many differences in the settings, characters, and Climax. Though the settings are completely different but there are some similarities. The short story “The Birds” takes place in a small country town by London England. San Francisco and Bodega Bay California is where the movie version takes place. Both versions share a beautiful view of an ocean. The characters of each version are very different, but have similarities in personality. Nat, the main character in the book, is the first character to get attacked by the birds. Melanie, the main character in the movie was also the first person to be attacked by the birds. Nat's wife in in the book was dependent on Nat. Lidia, Mitch's mother in the movie, was dependent on Mitch and others. Triggs was the first person in the book to die. Dan was the first person to die in the movie. Mitch, one of the main characters in the movie, was brave and protective. Suspenseful is a word that can describe the different climaxes. The climax in the book was when the airplanes that were sent to help the people crashed. The Climax in the movie is when the birds cause a gas station in Bodega Bay to burst in to flames and causes the citizens feel helpless. Both version of “The Birds” are unique and suspenseful in their own way. Though both are good in different ways I personally preferred the movie, because it was more entertaining. Sharing several similarities, the two versions also contain many differences in the settings, characters, and Climax.
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