Examine the differences and similarities of the short story "All Summer in a Day " and the video.

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rogal eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here is an analysis of the differences and similarities between the movie and the story "All Summer in a Day":

Differences

The story starts with the children “pressed against each other” looking out for the hidden sun from the “great thick windows.” Only Margot stands away from the crowd of children. The movie, on the other hand, starts with the children playing in what appears to be the school grounds. They are kicking a can. Margot does not play with the others.

Afterwards, the children “go under the lamps,” an activity that is monitored by William, as the teacher is not present. Margot refuses to “go under the lamps,” prompting William to contact the teacher virtually, on a television-like device. The teacher encourages Margot to “go under the lamps.” This activity does not happen in the story.

Towards the end of the movie, the children pick up flowers, during the “coming out” of the sun. They do this a short time before the rain begins to pour. While picking up flowers, one of the girls realizes that Margot is not with them. They hurry back to the school, open up the door to the closet and let out Margot. They give her the flowers that they had picked as a peace offering. However, in the story, the children only realize Margot’s absence while already at the school. They free Margot but do not offer her any flowers. In fact, we do not know what happens after the children open the door to the closet where Margot had been. The end of the story feels sadder than that of the movie because of this suspense. The conflict between Margot and the other children goes unresolved.

Similarities

Both the story and movie have William, the boy who repeatedly bullies Margot. Also, in both, the children lock up Margot in a closet so that she completely misses the sunshine. When the sun comes out, the children go out to play in the jungle. The children free Margot from the closet and are remorseful for what they have done.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am going to make the presumption that the video in question was the 1982 version of the story.  Certainly, both works represent the idea that the rain on the planet Venus is inescapable.  There is a certain dreariness that is captured in the film that represents the same condition in the short story.  I think that the idea of Margot being fundamentally different is evident in both representations, as well.  Bradbury captures the essence of difference through Margot.  The reactions of the students to Margot's being different is also evident in the film and the story.  I think that the primary difference is in the ending of both works.  The film version shows Margot being the benefactor of the children's repentance, offered flowers in a sign of communion and solidarity at end of the film.  The story is much more bleak in this regard.  Margot is not really received.  There is little sign of reconciliation or even an acknowledgement of the intensity of wrong done to Margot.  Instead, there is a silent condition that falls upon the children with the realization that Margot is in the closet. In letting Margot out, there is little in way of emotional reflection present.   The film is able to assert that the children acknowledge their wrong and seek to make it up to her with the presentation of flowers.  This is a stark difference between the film and the movie.