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Tuck Everlasting Multimedia Comparison
Transcript of Tuck Everlasting Multimedia Comparison
In the book, Winnie is ten years old. In the movie, she is fifteen years old. Therefore, she is closer in age to Jesse Tuck in the movie.
Jesse appears both in the book and movie as a young, child-like, adventurous seventeen year old boy.
In the book, Miles is a kinder, sweeter, more easy-going type of guy. He also looks similar to Jesse, and you can clearly tell they are brothers. In the movie, Miles is much more scruffy and rough looking and does not favor his brother Jesse with his physical appearance. He also is much more harsh, serious, and grumpy in the movie.
Mae and Agnus Tuck--
Mae remains sweet and maternal in both the novel and the movie. However, Mae is described as plump in the book, and in the movie she appears rather thin. Angus is also kind and fatherly, but in the book seems much more unhappy and troubled with the eternal aspect of the Tucks' lives.
In the book:
Winnie runs away because she's tired of being cooped up with her pretentious family
The Tucks' secret is quickly revealed to Winnie
Winnie is kidnapped by Jesse, Miles, and Mae
Winnie only stays with the Tucks for a few short days
Winnie and Jesse intrigue one another, but nothing romantic develops
Miles' family abandons him, but there is no discussion of them dying
Mae is sent to jail to be hung
Jesse gives Winnie a canteen of the eternal spring's water and asks her to drink it when she turns seventeen, which she decides not to do
Mae and Angus visit Winnie's grave in a horse-drawn carriage
Winnie lives to be 78 years old
Plot Differences In the movie:
Winnie runs away because she is going to be sent to boarding school
The Tucks' secret is not easily or quickly revealed; It's an hour or so into the movie before the Jesse Tuck tells Winnie the secret
Only Miles kidnaps Winnie
Winnie stays at the Tucks' house for what seems to be a few weeks
Winnie and Jesse are closer in age and a romantic relationship develops
Miles' family runs away and dies
Angus and Mae are both sent to jail
Jesse does not give Winnie a canteen of the spring's water, but she does contemplate drinking the water after the Tuck's leave
Jesse returns to Treegap to visit Winnie's grave on a motorcycle
Winnie lives to be 100 years old
Plot Differences (cont.) The book:
Is set in the late 1800s
The spring is covered with stones, so as not to be detected by passersby, since it spouts out of the ground
The Tucks live in a big log cabin
The woods seem more friendly and harmless
Is set in the early 1900s
The spring is out in the open, but simply appears as a puddle among roots
The Tucks live in a red house
The woods are portrayed to seem foreboding and unfamiliar to Winnie
Place/Time Differences The movie changed a scene that seemed extremely important (and wonderful as is) to me within the book- a scene in which Winnie and Angus take the canoe out on the lake. This is an intimate, delicate scene in which Angus details reasons it has been hard to cope with the reality of living forever.
The book omits the entire theme of a romantic relationship between Jesse and Winnie-- therefore, the scenes of them frolicking through fields, sharing secrets around the fire, and swimming are all added
The jail scene, in which Winnie, Miles and Jesse help Angus and Mae to escape, is completely different than in the book. It was made more action-packed for the film. Opinions on Tuck Everlasting Other Relevant Differences Within the book, the toad plays a more significant role in the story- Winnie ends up pouring the canteen of spring water on the toad in the end of the story. The toad symbolizes a listening ear that Winnie needed when she felt trapped. The action of Winnie giving the spring water to the toad symbolizes that she wants to allow others to feel the comfort of having a friend if they need one
The man in the yellow suit dies in the end of the book, when he only gets knocked out in the movie
The book starts in the present and then flashes back to the story of Winnie and the Tucks, ending with a flash forward to the present again. The movie skips the present day scene, starting in the past and ending with the present day flash forward. As I mentioned in class, I absolutely adore this book. It's a story that captivates the reader from the very beginning, with each chapter leaving you on a cliffhanger. It meshes realistic struggles with a fantasy story that engages readers of all kinds. The book has well-developed, endearing characters that reel you in.
The movie is also wonderful, despite the added and omitted scenes. It lacks a little bit of the spark that the book maintains, with some of the intimate conversations and imagery Natalie Babbitt creates in the novel. Book & Movie Comparison and Contrast Activity I would absolutely consider using a movie and book comparison activity within my classroom. This activity allows students to draw connections and analyze the literary devices such as symbolism, imagery, etc. within a text.
To extend the lesson, I would have students do somethings similar to this activity, and make some sort of presentation (Prezi, Powerpoint, Padlet, Thinglink, Blabberize, Glogster, etc.)to present their findings.