Connecticut Yankee Movie and Book Worksheet

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Ryan O’Hearn December 10, 2007 Film vs. book 1. In the film Will Rodgers portrays Morgan as an “ordinary Joe”— a bumbling humorist. In the book, Morgan is almost a superman. How does this change affect the overall viewing/reading experience? In the book it seems that Morgan does everything in order to benefit him and others at the same time, and loves being more intelligent than the people of the sixth century. He is very fluent in math and science and uses that to bring the conveniences of his time to theirs. In the movie Morgan gets by mostly with luck, and having knowledge of how radio and electricity work he is able to bring some modern things to their time such as the telephone and radio, but it is very unlikely he was clever enough to build cars, complicated automatic weapons, and airplanes. It took many, many years to get to where Morgan’s from in innovation and revolution, he is not going to change that much of medieval society in a matter of a few years. 2. Also, the film has a happy ending. How does this change affect the overall viewing/reading experience? The movie ends on a happy note, and with all of it being a dream, just with creepy characters and an odd plot. In the book Morgan is an arrogant know-it-all and that leads to his abuse and journey, while in the movie he was simply confused and was knocked out by the wind blowing a door and a suit of armor onto him. In the book he really was put under a spell to stay asleep, adding mystery to the entire story, and not just making it a dream. Progress In the late nineteenth century, it was widely thought that through material progress humankind would constantly improve. In the Introduction (page x), Leland Krauth asks, “Is it [the novel] a paen to progress and human striving, or is it a lament over civilization and human failing?” Find examples of both. The book does show that humans should be praised for what they’ve done, such as showing what one man was able to bring to their civilization just from what he learned in the future. Humans are able to strive when someone or something is there to show them the way. But, everything that Morgan brought to the 9 th century went away after he was away. In ways, humankind fails because they do not understand. It takes time for mankind to
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course COLA Arts of Ex taught by Professor Davidkramer during the Winter '07 term at RIT.

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