The Body and Stand by Me

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After reading the novella The Body and watching the movie Stand by Me, it is very hard for me to extract specific values from either one of them since they both make emphasis on the same values; friendship, the losing of the main characters innocence, their transition to maturity from their childhood, the sharing of their fears and so many other valuable experiences are relatively the same in the movie as in the novella. However, I was able to appreciate the different areas where the author Stephen King made emphasis on, but were somewhat vanished in the film adaptation of the book.

In the novella we are given the story of four boys who leave their town on a quest to find the corpse of Ray Brower, a kid who was about their same age. In the novella as well as the film all the characters fulfill a specific role, for example we have Gordie, who is the smartest out of the four, Chris who is the peacemaker, Teddy the funny and adventurous one, and finally Vern the loner of the group. The novella is very descriptive about the boys, so descriptive that the characters are very tangible, something that was not perceived as much in the film. A clear example of this would be when in the book, the old guy who owns the scrapyard makes fun of Teddy’s dad, Teddy then breaks down crying and is comforted by Chris defining his role as the peacemaker and the sensible one of the group but this role is diminished by the film when Teddy is comforted by the entire group.

Besides some group interactions the novella also tries to give us a grimmer setting. For instance in the book as well as in the film tell us when Gordie had to go get food for everyone else, but what the film does not shows is that when Gordie arrived to Mr. Dussets store, he attempted several times to shortchange Gordie by placing his finger on the meat scale to raise the price of the beef or when he improperly added the price of the items to charge Gordie more for the food. In the other hand the film portrays...
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