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A good filmic adaption of a novel is true to the novels form and content Critically examine this statement in the light of the filmic adaptions of novels you have read for this course In this essay I will argue that a good filmic adaption must be true to a novels form and content I will use as my argument the novels Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos De Laclos and the films Jane Eyre directed by Franco Zeffirelli and Dangerous Liaisons directed by Stephen Frears For a good filmic adaption to occur the film must represent the distinction of and capture the sensations that are produced by a novel It must allow for its meaning and portrayal to be of the same critical and expedient standard of the novel This leads me to my thesis A good filmic adaptation must depict the general and popular themes of the novel and thus comply the visual imagery of the screen with the essence and imagery more strongly purports by the author of the novel I will draw upon two elements of both novels Concept with the examples of feminism and passion and form with the examples of time spaces and point of view The protagonist and leading characters of the novels portray feminism in both novels In Jane Eyre we see a woman whose morals and dignity surpassed the pressure of society of the imposed duty of marriage for women Marriage again becomes a strong theme in Les Liaisons Dangereuses as the satanic heroine Marquise de Merteuil used marriage as a weapon to learn how to empower men The first night with husbandoffered me only a further opportunity for experience p183 Janes individualism and strength combined with the Marquises manipulation and power are distinctive features of feminism The Jane Eyre film has adapted this notion of feminism by using lighting and by the recourse of
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