I recently read the short story Araby by James Joyce and watched the film. It was set in the older days in Dublin, its about a young boy that has feelings for a young girl and he tries to impress her. Reading the story and watching the film helped me a lot but there were slight differences between them.
For example, the adaptation of the film was slightly different from the short story. The film gives you more details and helps you visualize how it really happened. In the story it gives you the main parts but it leaves out little details that could help you understand it better. In the film the town seems to be more modern than the story portrays it. Also the film makes the uncle out to be nicer than he seems to be in the story. Then when the boy is leaving to go to the bazaar it has the uncle continue while he is talking about Arab's Farewell to his steed in the film. The film also leaves quite a bit out about the bazaar and they speed it up a little too much.
In addition, the film did help me to understand the story better. It gave me more information about the characters. It helped me visualize it. It helped me understand what the writer was trying to relay. It also helped me understand the characters and the way they act. When I read the story I did get confused and I had to read it more than once but I still didn't fully understand it some things, but watching the film made it much easier to understand. Although the boy seems very young to be so head over heels for Mangan's sister.
Finally, I liked the film better than the short story. It was easier to follow and gave me the details I was wishing were in the story. I can understand things much easier when they have more detail. I like the fact that I got to see what the house looked like and how the characters really acted. Watching the film still left me wanting to know more, it didn't quite fill my curiosity.
Araby was an interesting short story but the film did help put it in...