the dead - November 6, 2006 A Comparison of Two Renditions...

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November 6, 2006 A Comparison of Two Renditions of ‘The Dead’ James Joyce’s short story “The Dead” is brought to life by director John Huston. It is a real talent to be able to correctly depict the details of a short story in a movie. Huston illustrates Joyce’s story with perfection, and then adds his own creative edge to the film. The alterations Huston makes effectively enhance the theme and importance of distinct parts of the story. These changes help to develop the image of the Irish culture and the details of the story in the viewer’s eyes. The modifications created by Huston fit into the story perfectly and heighten the effects of the tale on the viewer. Julia Morkan, an older confused lady is hosting a Christmas party with her younger vivacious sister Kate Morkan in Ireland. Joyce sets up their characters to represent Irish hospitality. The arrival of Gabriel Conroy, the protagonist, is anxiously awaited by his aunts Julia and Kate. Conroy is presented as a rather awkward, condescending, and self-absorbed man. He represents the East and modernization because he is a man that believes in the change that the rest of the world is going through. His wife, Greta, is a pretty lady who has the ability to contradict Gabriel and his ideas. Mr. D’Arcy is a musician, specifically a tenor, which represents the importance of Irish
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