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Several movie versions of Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Citie

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Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:03 am
Several movie versions of Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities have been made. The original movie version made in 1939 is the best because it is closest in spirit to the original novel.
An underlying assumption of the argument above is that a movie based on a novel should:

A) reflect the director's original interpretation of the main themes of the novel.
B) accurately depict the time and place in which the novel is set.
C) feature actors and actresses who closely resemble the characters in the novel both in body and spirit.
D) faithfully render the details of the plot from the narrator's point of view.
E) capture the true meaning and intention of the novel.

What's the best approach to determine the answer?

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Post Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:34 am
ardz24 wrote:
Several movie versions of Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities have been made. The original movie version made in 1939 is the best because it is closest in spirit to the original novel.
An underlying assumption of the argument above is that a movie based on a novel should:

A) reflect the director's original interpretation of the main themes of the novel.
B) accurately depict the time and place in which the novel is set.
C) feature actors and actresses who closely resemble the characters in the novel both in body and spirit.
D) faithfully render the details of the plot from the narrator's point of view.
E) capture the true meaning and intention of the novel.

What's the best approach to determine the answer?
Conclusion: The 1939 movie version of Tale of Two Cities is the best.
Premise: The 1939 movie is closest in spirit to the original novel

Assumption: Best movie version of a book = movie that is closest in spirit to original book.

The answer is E - this is basically a paraphrase of our assumption, substituting "meaning and intention" for spirit.

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