The Chalk Garden

The Chalk Garden - Alysse Johnson AP English Mr. Crowe...

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Alysse Johnson AP English Mr. Crowe January 24, 2007 Motion Picture VS Theatrical Production
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Normally movies either vary a lot or very little from the original play, script or novel they are made from. The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold is a play that was made into a movie and there are some slight differences between them. They aren’t very big differences but they can still affect which one the reader/watcher would believe is the best one for delivering the message of The Chalk Garden . I believe that the movie would deliver the message better than the play. That message would be that it is better for a child to be with their mother and not in a place where they won’t be able to flourish. One major difference between the movie and the play is that in the play there is a character by the name of Pinkbell. This man was the old and very well respected butler of the house; Mrs. ST. Maugham would always listen to all his advice. He was a very influential man. At this time he was not as healthy as he used to be, he would stay in a room upstairs with his nurse because he had had a stroke and couldn’t work anymore, although he still made some arrangements like the flower deliveries for the garden. He, as well as Mrs. ST. Maugham, believe that they can garden but for some reason whenever they try nothing ever grows. Pinkbell and Laurel’s grandmother contribute to the main message of the play that Laurel should go with her mother instead of staying with her grandmother. Their lack of a green thumb contributes to the message because if they can’t even take care of a garden and make it flourish then how will they help a child to flourish in the real world. Also at the end of the play Pinkbell dies and his death is a symbol that it is time for a change, its out with the old and in with the new. That Laurel should go with her mother instead of staying with her grandmother. Pinkbell’s character and the meaning of his character could lean the reader more to the side that the play delivers the message in a better way than the movie. Although I
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believe that the movie delivers the best message because you can plainly see that a change is coming for Laurel and her Grandmother just because of Madrigals arrival. She represented that new things were coming. (movie) There is no need for Pinkbell’s death to show the coming of the change in the movie. Also the grandmother does a fine job of not being able to garden all on her own in the movie, there didn’t need to be some one
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