The Birds Contrast Paper

Topics: Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Horror film Pages: 4 (1391 words) Published: May 1, 2006
Birds throughout history have been seen as symbols of grace, peace, hope, trust, and beauty. These symbols although seen in the eyes of many and were once found in all of us, are no longer found through the eyes who have ever experienced either tale of "The Birds". The celebrated short story "The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier contrasts greatly with its film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. When analyzing each tale in depth one might conclude many things about what effect both the author and director wished to have on its audience. Some of the smallest changes from story to film caused some of the most dramatic thematic changes and allowed for two very different tales of horror and suspense to evolve. The setting of each version of "The Birds" is just one of the major ways the author and director portrayed differently in order to have a different effect on its audience and is one of the major thematic differences. The story begins with "On December the third the wind changed overnight and it was winter."(p.51) This line gives a chilling beginning to the introduction of the setting of the story which takes place on a rural coast of England during a harsh winter of the 1950's during the Cold War. This rural setting gives the audience a sense of being alone and suspicion due to indiscriminately cold weather overnight. On the other hand, the film begins on a seemingly busy crisp fall afternoon in the urban city of San Francisco, California. Although this setting quickly changes to the small town of Bodega Bay, California, the opening scene of happy city life makes the viewers ignorant to what the film will twist into, which is what Hitchcock is famous for. The later setting of the film (Bodega Bay) allows for the audience to get a slight foreshadowing, with the smaller town and the seemingly cooler weather, this allows the viewer to transition into a more controlled environment which in turn allows the horror of the film to take place. The variation in setting allows for...
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