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The Birds: Daphne du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock

Compare and Contrast
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sachi chopra

on 25 June 2014

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Transcript of The Birds: Daphne du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock

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The Birds is a classic story by Daphne du Maurier, about a small town in England during the Second World War that is one day unexpectedly and strategically attacked by the entire bird population of the area. This story was later on made into a movie by the famous Alfred Hitchcock, a cult classic director.
Cast and Setting
The actual characters and scenery are very different in the short story and movie.
Similarities
The first and foremost similarity is that the basic plot is birds going wild and attacking.
The use of boarding up doors and windows to repel the attack.
Someone is found dead at a farm, with eyes pecked out.
The use of a car to transport people from one place to another.
Differences
The first obvious difference is the setting.




The place has moved from a small country town in England to a bustling city in California.
The book takes place about 20 years before the movie does.

The main character in the movie is female, where in the book it was male.
There are too many differences in the events of the plot to list. Majorly, these were the main ones:
First is the attack of the birthday party, which didn't happen in the book.
Then the attack on the gas station and the following scenes.
Both versions of The Birds are prime examples of what factors come to play in a situation of life versus death.
THE BIRDS
Daphne du Maurier
and
Alfred Hitchcock
The short story and the movie of "The Birds" are extremely different. The book was written by Daphne DuMorier, while the movie was produced and written by Alfred Hitchcock. This alone is difference enough to demand attention. Like most movies that are based on books, the movie does not follow the book very much at all.
Sachi Chopra
The similarities of the book and the movie, while small, are still worth mentioning.
As you can see, there are not very many similarities at all.
Panic, ignorance, and controversy are good examples of these factors.
And when we see Hitchcock’s characters drive off to an almost unknown location, and when we feel the intensity of the original character’s mood as he watches the cigarette box burn, we will always have the same feeling of wonder in our hearts for the families in these classic tales.
On one hand, you have an older, hard working man and his small rural family that are the main focus of the actual original story.
On the other hand, you have a crafty women that pairs up with a young lawyer and his mother and younger sister in a bay town in America.
While we still see the story take on the same basis and almost the same plot ending, one can't help but notice how different the styles are between the two.
One final major difference was the school attack.
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