Film Adaptation

MUST READ THE STORY AND WATCH THE FILMS Read the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson (posted).  Then watch two short film adaptations: the 1969 film version by Larry Yust and the 2007 film version by Augustin Kennady. In short essay form, type your brief responses to the following prompts  FILMS: The Lottery—Larry Yust, 1969 (17:52): The Lottery—Augustin Kennady, 2007 (9:56): (Let me know if the links not working) Prompt: 1. What main themes from the story does each movie adaptation choose to emphasize most? What discursive choices/techniques do the filmmaker’s employ to influence how these themes are highlighted in their adaptations? Why do you think the movie’s creators made these choices?  2. Using specific examples, describe how the setting of “The Lottery” is represented in the movies. Why is it held at all and why is it set in mid-summer? Using concepts related to the setting that were discussed in class (time, place, circumstance), explore how you think the setting impacts the themes of the overall narrative.  3. Think about how you would adapt this story for film. What discursive choices or changes would you make in your own adaptation of the story? Why? COMPLETE the response assignment (Must answer every questions list above and write a short essay, in MLA format; number each response individually. Aim for 750 words/three pages of MLA formatted text) REMEMBER to use MLA format and include a Works Cited page (in MLA format, You need to cite the short story and the two short films at least, and any other sources used.)

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