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My Left Foot by Christy Brown is an autobiographical novel that was later adapted into a movie directed by Jim Sheridan While the film carries the same name and content of the book its message is greatly differs from what happened in Christy Browns life In Sheridans version of the novel he looks at themes of the irish working class traditional Irish family and focuses on Christy Browns depression as opposed to Christys purpose of his story which was to be uplifting Despite this contrast the film is able to capture the different range of emotions Christy had as he grew up and the importance that art and writing had in his life as well as certain characters Certain points in the movie may condense moments in Christys life but Sheridan still keeps to the stories roots and shows the struggles that came with the progress he made in life to become an individualIn looking at the setting of Sheridans film it is understandable that Sheridan has certain Irish themes in mind that he wants to tie into Christys story In the novel there is only a few instances where Christy talks about his neighbourhood in Dublin He describes it as a working class neighborhood but he does not go into detail about what it looked like In the movie many scenes are set in his working class neighbourhood as a way to show how harsh working class conditions during the 1940s and 50s He shows how the community was very close with certain scenes of children playing with Christy and the neighbors outside their houses chatting He also shows the struggle of the working class neighbourhood with a scene that is not in the novel In the scene Christy and his brothers release coal from a coal truck that spills onto the street As they try to gather as much coal as possible a lady takes her child out of a carriage so she
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