Novels are made for informing or maybe for entertainment. Movies also can be used to inform or entertain. But they both are a way to communicate to people in some way or another. In literature to inform people there are autobiographies written and for film making there are documentaries presented in the theater or at a specific time on television. But the majority of audiences will direct themselves to one genre of literature and one genre of film making and that is fiction. Fiction is a faculty for wonder.
Why is fiction a big mediator? In both literature and filmmaking the same elements are used to make the story or novel fiction. There will always be an antagonist (main character) struggling against a protagonist (enemy to the main character).
The protagonist can be a physical being to be defeated or the antagonist’s personal inner struggles. A plot is essential to covey thoughts of the reader or audience to discover the idea of the story. These are also other validities to interpret a fictional novel or film they are setting, symbolism, point of view, theme, and irony that make a story fiction. In analyzing fiction in both the literary world and film world examples are essential. For comparison and contrast the movie The Matrix and the novel Gulliver’s Travels will be used. The Matrix is based on a world of technology gone wrong and the absence of reality. Gulliver’s Travels is based on the travel narratives of a lost ship captain.
The science fiction film genre has been around almost as long as movies have, but like the cinema it is still a fairly young art form. This genre came into existence shortly after the invention of the movie camera in 1888 and has endured for over one-hundred years. Science fiction is adaptive; it changes with the times and this trend can be seen in its incorporation of other genres, cultural ...
Fiction can be thought of as imagination. It can be a detailed story that was conjured by the creativity of a person. The protagonist found in the Matrix is named Neo. He is thought of as the Messiah. He was searched for because he was thought to be able to free the minds of imprisoned people within the computer-generated reality by artificial intelligence that took over the world. The machine is the antagonist but there can be another antagonist with in the story. Sometimes antagonists are not always physical objects or beings; there could be a self-conflict. Neo has to believe he is this Messiah that everyone thinks he is. But he is confused and he battles with trying to understand the world he has been given so suddenly. In Gulliver’s Travels Swift uses the character Gulliver to be the narrator. Gulliver is the main character in the story and he finds himself, like Neo, in a world he is not used to and tries to understand how he stands in the society of the Houyhnhnms and Yahoos.
The setting for both the stories is very important to interpret what hidden factors can contribute to the main idea of the fictional stories. Gulliver’s Travels took place during the 1700’s when the colonies were still being developed and the New World had just been discovered. At tat time there were no cameras, computers, or advance technology. The only reliable source they had to knowing there is a world out there was through journals and travel narratives. Sometimes journals that are written by the author that usually displays what the person only sees. Sometimes what are forgotten are the complete details. Some things can be blown out of proportion but the reader may not know that. Because the narrative is the only source of information they have. The reader could believe the writer. Gulliver writes about walking talking horses. And at the end he says that narratives should not be believed because they can be fake. This makes the reader question why did Gulliver tell the reader of this world of Huoynhmns and Yahoos when it can be narratives can be fake? [/b]
Cultural Diversity: Different Worlds; Same Stories America is a vast, multicultural land, with many different people and many different ways. But still, we tend to categorize whether something is abnormal or not based on certain cultural standards, i. e. , “ethnocentrism”. This makes for a large gap in understanding cultures such as that of the Trobrian, a unique tribe living on the island of ...