"The Importance of Being Earnest", essay help

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Compose an essay of at least 750 words that compares the written and film versions of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Written version: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/844/844-h/844-h.htm

Video version: http://digitalcampus.swankmp.net/nvcc284312/watch?token=c2bd8afca5061ab21e1e6749bfb0051f88bb0cba6f4a12945dd6564aef4ccd8b

  • Argue the extent to which changes were made, and what impact such changes had on the reader’s/viewer’s experience. Include in your introduction a thesis statement that sums up your overall argument.
  • Structure each main body paragraph with a clear and distinct topic sentence that is followed with analysis of the various texts, and commentary on them, to substantiate your claims.
  • Include citations from the text, the film, and the reviews of the film.

Create a works cited entry for every source you have quoted and/or referenced.

Tutor Answer

School: Purdue University


Running head: BEING EARNEST


Importance of Being Earnest: Film vs. Written Versions


Importance of Being Earnest: Film vs. Written Versions

Amending a script from a book to film version is a prerequisite to successfully
conveying the intended message to a modern audience. The film industry has a longstanding
dependence on the literary world to provide great content that can be adapted to feature films. In
many cases, the book and film have slight differences such as trimming the dialogue or updating
settings to suit the era of the film. During the adaptation process, screenwriters get numerous
suggestions from film directors and they incorporate such changes so the film can resonate with
the target audience. Directors typically operate on budgets provided as loans and the investors
expect repayment at a profit. Therefore, it is upon the director to find the most reasonable way of
captivating audiences while not losing sight of the original work. The Importance of Being
Earnest has a play and film versions released in 1952 and 2002 respectively. While the plot is
generally maintained, there are apparent differences between the play and the film.
Film adaptations use trimmed dialogue and change of se...

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