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ENG 256 - Literary Analysis DRAFT“Orchid Fever” andAdaptation.February 15, 2016Obsessions: Real to ReelThe journalistic article “Orchid Fever” written by Susan Orlean and the film translationAdaptation.directed by Spike Jonze with the screenplay by Charlie and Donald Kaufman introduce several characterswho bring to the page and screen some unforgettable passions and obsessions.The nonfictional article is abiographical sketch about John Laroche and his work with orchids. The fictional film goes further to explorethe orchid exploits of this character, the involvement of the author Susan Orlean, and the trials of thescreenwriter Charlie Kaufman.The audience clearly sees both the passion and obsession of these characters,but it really is the obsessions that leave a lasting impression.The content presented in the originalThe NewYorkerarticle and later in the film adaptation demonstrates that these obsessions and dependencies fail tobring about the desired purpose and do not substitute for the real human relationships that are missing fromthe characters’ lives.Some might call John Laroche’s work with orchids a passion while others might consider it an obsession.A passion is defined as “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doingsomething” while an obsession is “a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly orfrequently especially in a way that is not normal.”(Meriam-Webster)What really defines Laroche’sactivities as an obsession is he has a history of showing this type of behavior.Before orchids he had extremeinterest in turtles, late ice age fossils, lapidary, old mirrors, and tropical fish.He was so interested in turtles

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Professor
McCabe
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Interpersonal relationship, Meryl Streep, Spike Jonze, Susan Orlean, John Laroche, Charlie Kaufman

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