the road book vs movie Essay

924 Words Sep 18th, 2013 4 Pages
ENG.2
5/23/2011
The Road
The Road was both a phenomenal book and film. While reading The Road I was both intrigued and interested as to how Hollywood would portray this story, and after seeing the movie I was impressed with how closely the film followed the book. Though the book was enticing and unusual the movie quickly surpassed the book in my opinion. Though the movie followed the book closely, there were some differences such as the amount of flashbacks the father has, the illusion of hope, and the play out of certain events.
A long time has passed since the idea that “The book is better than the movie” was accepted without question. Most of the time, if the movies follow an original script and there is no book version to
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However, in the book the mother did not just walk away. Cormac McCarthy describes the brutally suicide committed by the mother.
Another difference between the movie and the book was the sign of hope given towards the end. In the book, McCarthy shows hope by describing fish swimming in the stream. Whereas the movie betrayed hope by showing a live beetle fly from an open Chewing Tobacco can. Though they both show signs of hope and life, one was presented while the father was still alive and the other after his death.
The last significant difference between the movie and the book is the play out of certain events. In the book the father found clean water in a house that was very crucial because it helped the boy and the father’s survive but that was not expressed in the movie. Also, in the movie it showed that the boy and the father were able to take a large amount of food from the bunker leaving them enough to spare a can for the robber, but in the book since the boy and the father had lost their cart they were forced to take only as much as they could carry when they soon ran out of food before they reach the coast. Though these are two key parts of their survival thankfully Hollywood still managed to keep other crucial scenes in the movie.
McCarthy’s novel is one of my favorite book, though it falls into that odd category of great artistic works I have taken in once and

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