Both Lawrence Oliverai’s adaptation and Patrick McGee’s adaptation of the play King Lear by William Shakespeare are both valid, However they are both very different.
Firstly the Lawrence Oliverai adaptation begins with the film set outside in the court whereas McGee’s adaptation is set in the dining room of the castle. This shows the difference between the directors as Oliverai’s adaptation shows more of a Pagan feel to the film as it is not a bright and clothing is very simple and plain unlike McGee’s version they are seen to be extravagant.
Also in Oliverai’s version of the play there is more use of sounds for example the entrance of King Lear the horns are used a lot which suggests the Pagan feel again as they used music to express themselves unlike the McGee version there is not a lot of sound used.
Furthermore, in Oliverai’s adaptation King Lear enters with Cordelia next to him whereas in McGee’s adaptation they do not which shows them not to be as close as what we originally thought.
In addition Oliverai’s version of King Lear is shown to be more extravagant in the acting as Cordelia exaggerates her emotions when her father banishes her, unlike in McGee’s version she does not seem so much bothered as she just walks off without showing her emotions to the audience.
Finally, in Oliverai’s adaptation King Lear is shown to be weak which is suggested when her goes to kill Kent with his sword but is unable to pick it up on his own as his guards have to help him hold it up, whereas in McGee’s adaptation King Lear is only shown to be weak away from the other characters when he is alone on the Heath mainly expressing his emotions fully.
Overall both adaptations of the play King Lear capture different aspects of each character and they also capture different aspects of when the play was written as Oliverai’s adaptation is shown to have more paganism than the other.
‘The Help’ can also be shown to have feminist readings; this is due to the black women in society being less human than the men in society – shown that women are at the mercy of the men which can be seen through Minny and Lancelot’s marriage – he beats her up – women were used to this. This therefore can show a parallel between ‘The Color Purple’ and Celie and Mr’s marriage.
Another way that this novel can be shown to have a feminist reading is due to the character of Skeeter – shown to be independent and therefore does what she feels is best within her society meaning that she doesn’t listen to others around her especially men. Skeeter is very much independent as she publishes the black maid’s stories so she can show her society that she doesn’t follow the norms. Skeeter can also be shown to be an alternative to marriage therefore relates with the character of Shug Avery from ‘The Color Purple’.
Around the time in which the novel is based on 1960s America, women were shown to be fighting for the vote through the Suffragettes. The right to vote was a major step up in society for women and this idea can further be shown through the character of Skeeter.
‘The Color Purple’ can be shown to have feminist readings due to the matriarchal society in which Celie and her family live in. In the novel women are shown to be less human than men and this is especially shown through the black women. Therefore this introduces the idea that the women are at the mercy of the men which suggests that the men in society have all control over the women and they can’t do anything about this, which can be shown through “start to choke me”, this is suggesting that Celie’s step father is abusive and she can’t do anything about it – she just has to get used to it and live with it.
Women are also shown to be less human than men in society when Celie is beaten because Mr believed that she looked at a boy in church which suggests that women were abused by most male figures in their lives. Women were abused from an early age sexually.
When Shug Avery is introduced in the novel she is shown to be the feminist character of the novel as she has more control over the men around her in society. She is shown to be an independent woman as she doesn’t need a man to succeed as a successful singer etc. Mr also will do whatever she wants as he still loves her from past experiences.
Both novels ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett and ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker are similar in their form and structure and they use flashbacks to reveal the truths about the society in which they are living.
‘The Color Purple’ is an epistolary novel meaning it is full of letters. However this novel is not in a chronological order as Mr hid the letters from Nettie to her sister Celie throughout the years which made Celie believe that her sister was dead. The novel is written in a multi narrative way as there is many voices telling each if there stories which is similar to ‘The Help’ as the black maids each have a section to portray their stories about the society in which they are living.
Also both novels are mainly first person narratives meaning that they are not necessarily the whole truth as it could suggest a sense of bias meaning that fully reliable. However this can not change the view or opinion of the reader as the issues within the novels can be seen to be the whole truth from other sources at that time.
Mainly ‘The Color Purple’ controls the readers sympathy especially through the abuse of Celie by her step father and then Mr. However ‘The Help’ also controls the readers sympathy, this can be shown through the characters of Minny and her husband Lancelot as she also gets beaten up. This was a major issue during the times in which the novels were written as women were seen as being lower than men – especially black women.
Overall both ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘The Help’ are similar in the way their form and structure is set out within each novel.