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The Unbearable Lightness of Being A Comparison of the Novel and the MovieThe Novel and the movie differ in how they emphasize events that occurThings that hold great value in the novel dont have much importance in the movie and vice versa Milan Kundera wrote the novel which was first published in 1984 The movie was the work of Philip Kaufman the director and Saul Zaentz the producer Together they did a very respectable job in representing the novelThe novel focused on three relationships that tell an interlocking story The relationships are Tereza and Tomas Tomas and Sabina as well as Sabina and Franz The main focus is Tomas He is a man torn between his love for Tereza his wife and his repeated erotic adventures particularly his long time affair with the internationally noted artist Sabina In the novel irrevocable choices and events that test the limits of human fortitude shape the characters lives Because life is as it is the world in which we live and the world in which the characters live is one in which because things can only occur once and then disappear in the past existence seems to lose substance and weight Thus drawing the title into play In coping with the consequences of both their actions and desires as well as the intruding demands of society and the state The characters struggle to create lives that have individual value and lasting meaning At the beginning of the novel Kundrea asks what then shall we choose Weigh or lightness The novel itself is his attempt to answer that question The answer is hinted at in the final scene of the novel Where Tomas and Tereza find themselves in the small country hotel after their evening of dancing which was a rare event for them When Tomas turns on the lamp in their room a large nocturnal butterfly rises from the lamp and circles the room in which they are
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