December 5, 2012
Professor: Laura Bigelow
Pleasantville vs. The Giver
Compare & Contrast
In the movie, Pleasantville, and in the book, The Giver, there are many different similarities and differences. One similarity is that the communities are portrayed as utopias but in reality are actually dystopias. Another similarity is the weather and the fact that it’s extremely ideal. Also, in both the movie and in the book the communities have no understanding of sex or sexual feelings. However, in the book The Giver the people in the community are capable of these feelings, but they suppress them with a pill. On the other hand, in the movie there is no such thing as sexual feelings until Bud and Mary-Sue show up in Pleasantville and show the people what life is really all about. Some additional differences include: when Pleasantville’s weather changes and black and white change into color. Although there are many similarities of both communities the differences of both communities makes them both very different. There are several differences between Pleasantville and The Giver. To begin with, in the movie Pleasantville, everything starts changing color because the people of the community are standing up for what they think is right and for what they believe in. The people of the community are standing up for what’s right by listening to wild music, painting colorful pictures on brick walls and glass windows, also Betty-Sue’s not cooking for her husband, and the teenagers are having open relationships etc… In The Giver, only certain people are able to see the different colors of their community. The Giver and the Receiver of memories are the only ones able to see all the different colors of their community. Also in The Giver they are capable of having feelings but their feelings are held back by a pill. In The Giver, Jonas told his parents about a dream he had about Fiona not wanting to get into the tub...
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