Comparing Books and Films: The Outsiders

In our most recent unit: “Prejudice and Perspective” we’ve been questioning the legitimacy of some types narrators, in which I think we learned a variety of aspects on perspectives. After this we began reading The Outsiders and eventually watched the film.

In my opinion the film made a great effort in the adaptation of the book to movie even with the limited budget and time limit. However there are many things to be improved, but I will only focus on the character development. Now I do not wish to censure the film I am only pointing out the very noticeable ‘mistakes’ in the film.

With the exception of Ponyboy the film generally fails to represent most of the book’s characters; Darry and Sodapop are somewhat minor characters, the movie only gives a glimpse into their lives and thoughts. This is likewise for the rest of the gang. Even Dally!  Dally’s death loses so much impact because the viewers really aren’t able to get to know him well enough. Only the reader had the knowledge that Dally’s gun isn’t loaded, and without that the symbolic death of Dally is gone.

Johnny’s also weaker in the movie than in the book. Viewers don’t see how his character grows, because they don’t know Johnny enough. Johnny’s appreciation for life at the end of his, is almost not noted but it has great impact on Pony in the novel.

In the end it is the character portrayal that has been a large problem throughout the film and made the atmosphere of the movie slightly different. If they were to film a remake of this movie it should be longer with more dialogue and thoughts from the characters.

Persuasive Speech Reflection

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Our most recent drama unit has been covering persuasive speaking and the factors that aids to the effect of a persuasive speech.

Throughout almost all of my speech my voice was projected well to the audience. I used many pauses to emphasise points in my speech, like when I stated that I knew none of them cared about this major problem, the technique I used was generating a empathic response in the listeners (greedy business executives).

My facial expression in some cases didn’t relate to what I was saying; from time to time when I said something that was quite on the negative side, I smiled. However this smile wasn’t very noticeable so it may have probably not distracted the audience. As for my hand gestures, I think that from time to time they were much too large and expressing which could distract the viewer’s attention slightly. On the plus side I did use them well in terms of emphasising some sentences or words so this may have counteracted the negative side. For the next speech I do I may have to practice more because I looked at my palm cards just a little bit more than what I think should be acceptable.

I think that the content in my speech was great this time around; I had effective organisation and each of the three main points had nice research to back them up. As for purr/snarl words I think I used a great variety of both and this helped me convey the message. When I spoke about the problem I used words such as starvation, and death however when I spoke about the solution I used “fat stacks” which I think is a nice combination of words, and I also said improvise which sounds like an optimistic word.

Overall my best skills were conveying the message through the modulative devices, and the content of my speech. However I should improve on my facial expressions because those are one of the ways the audience knows how I feel about the topic, and that is one of the most important aspects in a persuasive speech.

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I found Ethan’s speech very captivating through his points on the topic. The points in this topic appealed to a large spectrum of audience from the business executives themselves, to possible activists on poverty. I think that his many perspectives in his speech also may have added to the persuasive potential due to the audience viewing him as very open minded.