Paper2 Final - Media Vs. Text: Joel Chandler Harris Stories...

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Media Vs. Text: Joel Chandler Harris Stories The stories of Joel Chandler Harris are stories of oral folklore that came from black slaves of the southern United States; adapted and written in southern slave dialect. “Legends of the Old Plantation” are different stories told by slaves that were recorded by Joel Chandler Harris. Joel Chandler Harris wrote down the stories exactly how he heard them most likely because he wanted the reader to be able to read the country southern accent that was used to tell these stories, and he did not want to alter any kind of effect the story may have on the story/listener as it did for him. The way the dialogue in these stories are written makes it very hard to comprehend rather than if it it was written in regular English. When the stories were adapted into a media form, “Song of the South”, it was much easier to comprehend and enjoy when visual, and music was incorporated. The multimedia aspect enhances the stories and makes the story a pleasure instead of a burden. One of the main things that was added to “The Legends of the Old Plantation” to create “Song of the South”, was a storyline surrounding the tales that were adapted by Joel Chandler Harris. The
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