Feed Themes

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The novel ‘Feed’ is a journey with teenagers navigating a world controlled by Feed and the resistance to it. The Feed “trailer” is of images which represent the novel however, this is not accurate as today’s society and technology are different from the time frame from the book. In the Ben Stiller film ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, the protagonist resists his fantasies and opens his mind for more in life. Three issues and themes which are incorporated in the novel and film are; power, modes of communication and social identity and this is shown through time, social and technological ways and change in meanings perceptions and attitudes.
In the novel ‘Feed’, the protagonist Titus is occupied by the power found in Feed. It is the powerful
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This is seen through Titus’s first person point of view “I had deleted everything she has sent to me” in regards to Violet’s memories despite Violet asking him to keep them. As a result, the audience starts to see Titus as a bad friend, and that he is not sure how to be socially. In the trailer, the theme of social identity is not seen, despite being a prominent theme in the novel. This is primarily because the trailer is just a variety of images of technology. The audience then further notices the lack of similarities between the novel and the trailer. In ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, social identity is seen when Walter has fantasies about who he wants to be while zoning out and this prevents him from having a social life. An example of this is seen through high key lighting and a two shot where Walter is frozen and has a fantasy of talking to Cheryl while it is snowing. This prevented him from having social conversations with Cheryl and others. As a result, the audience picks him as one who is not strong socially but wishes to have a strong social identity.
The novel ‘Feed’ is often contradicted by the trailer which is based on the novel and its themes. Despite some themes such as power and modes of communication being depicted in the trailer and novel, the theme of social identity is not in the trailer as the trailer is primarily of images that depict technology. The film ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ however has the above three themes despite being from a different time. As seen, there is a change in time, technology and how themes are depicted through the three

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