Film Response on Comparison of Chaplin’s Gold Rush and Harold’s Girl Shy.docx - Jimmy Chan Tsz Yuen Professor Hattendorf Film 100 8 October 2018

Film Response on Comparison of Chaplin’s Gold Rush and Harold’s Girl Shy.docx

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Jimmy Chan Tsz Yuen Professor Hattendorf Film 100 8 October 2018 Comparison of Chaplin’s Gold Rush and Harold’s Girl Shy To begin with, both Gold Rush and Girl Shy were produced during the silent era. The characters in the film do not speak but they only use actions to communicate to the viewers. The character development in both films is interesting because both of Chaplin and Harold focus on presenting humorous heroic characters. Notably, whereas Harold focuses on creating a romantic heroic character, Chaplin focuses on creating a character inspired by true life events. For Chaplin, the story of the Donner Party was his inspiration and therefore he replicated the historical context in the film. Comedy is a strategy for character development and therefore both films use comedy to develop a heroic character. In addition, Harold and Chaplin, use humor as a means to develop their characters. For instance, Chaplin uses comedy to depict how people can thrive in adversity whereas Harold uses humor for self-development. In Gold Rush, the main
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