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All Summer in a Day

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Comparing the Plot, Similarities, and Differences Between the Story and Movie "All Summer in a Day"

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The plot of both the story and the movie "All Summer in a Day" centers around Margot, a girl on Venus who eagerly awaits the sun's appearance, which occurs only once every seven years. Key similarities include the setting and Margot's isolation. Differences might include specific character interactions and visual elements unique to the film adaptation.

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What are the plot similarities and differences between the story and movie "All Summer in a Day"?

To identify some of the similarities and differences in the plot between Ray Bradbury’s short story “All Summer in a Day” and Ed Kaplan’s short film of the same name, consider how Margot is portrayed in the pieces.

In the short story and in the film, Margot is an outsider. Bradbury writes that Margot didn’t participate in the other kids’ songs and games. Kaplan’s film shows Margot’s distance from the children’s activities at the beginning when all of the children are kicking a can outside in the rain except for her.

Like Bradbury’s story, Kaplan’s film grounds Margot’s isolation in her being from Earth. Each work suggests that Margot’s origin is a source of jealously for the other children, which is why they tend to mistreat her.

A key difference between the two plots is how they wrap up. The conclusion of Bradbury’s story could come across as abrupt: the children let Margot out of the closet, and that’s it. Kaplan’s movie provides a less enigmatic ending. In his short film, the children bring Margot flowers. This indicates that Margot has gone from marginalized to accepted. Again, Bradbury’s story doesn’t clarify what happens to Margot.

Margot aside, think about how the visuals in the movie differ from the images in the plot of the story. When the children run outside in the story, the space is described as a “great jungle.” In the movie, the “great jungle” appears to be a flowery field.

Finally, look at the role that the sun plays in the two works. In Kaplan’s film, the children recite scientific facts about the sun and prepare for its arrival with formal sun kits. In Bradbury’s story, the sun appears to play a more abstract role in the plot, since its traits aren’t so precisely defined.

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What are the plot similarities and differences between the story and movie "All Summer in a Day"?

There are several plot differences in the story and the movie versions of "All Summer in a Day." One significant difference is the point when the other children shut Margot into the closet. In the story, they take this action while it is still raining, as it did not stop when they expected. In the movie, they wait until after the rain stops.

The most important difference is the ending. In the story, the relationship between Margot and the other children remains ambiguous, as the author does not provide a clear resolution. The other children, from whom Margot had felt quite separate, approach and open the door of the closet, where they had previously shut her up. The reader does not learn how any of the characters will react once she is released from confinement. The movie ends with the characters in a harmonious relationship. The other children are shown opening the door and letting Margot out. They all iron out their differences, as the other children give her flowers. She even makes peace with William, the bully.

Other plot differences depend on changes in setting, characterization, and tone. Changing the setting to a flowery meadow from the jungle in the story provides flowers for William to pick and give her. Also, Margot is more solitary in the story, whereas in the movie she has a friend. The film’s detailing of William’s actions at the end also shows a character transformation that is absent from the story.

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What are the plot similarities and differences between the story and movie "All Summer in a Day"?

If you are talking about the 1982 short film based on the story, there are significant differences. For one thing, Margot in the story is much more isolated. In the film she has a friend with whom she shares her treasures -- her secret cache of flowers and a butterfly from her life on Earth. In the story there is no such cache, nor is there any such friend. In the story, when the rain doesn't stop when they thought it would, the children lock Margot in the closet immediately; in the film, she is locked in the room after the rain stops -- a crucial difference. Of course the Venus in the story is very different from the "Venus" of the film -- in the story, the planet is a rain forest, not a flower-filled meadow. 

But the major change is the ending. In the story, the end comes when the children open the door to let Margot out. Bradbury doesn't say what will happen next. In the film, the end is much more positive and definitive: the children let Margot out; she is heartbroken. The children, one by one, recognizing what they have done, apologize to her by giving her the bouquets they picked while the sun was out. The film ends with William, the chief bully, desperate for foregiveness, giving Margot his flowers. Margot accepts them, and they walk off together into the rain, her arm around him.

The ending of the film totally changes (in my opinion) the tone of Bradbury's story. In the Bradbury world, children are brutal, vicious creatures who somehow are able to operate outside the bounds of adult control (see Wendy and Peter in his story "The Veldt" for another example). The open-endedness of the story actually supports this view. The point is that we readers have no idea what is going to come out of that closet at the end. In the film, however, Margot is made into an impossibly tolerant person, who transforms the children through her ability to suffer and forgive. Based on the comments about the film on IMDB, many people of a certain age remember the film version as "life changing" -- but I much prefer deciding for myself what Margot is going to do next!

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What are the similarities and differences between the short story "All Summer in a Day" and its film adaptation?

While the movie version targets a satisfying ending for the viewer, the short story doesn't quite have the same effect. As with any piece of literature that has been made into a film, there is an overarching common element: What would the viewer prefer? Directors cater to a happy ending whereas authors take more risks with audience approval. This is the case in the short story.

Bradbury prompts the reader to reflect on the injustice of the short story, but the movie closes with a sense that justice has been served. The viewer may accept the pained expressions of the children as penalty, but Bradbury's tone suggests otherwise.

At the end of the short story, there is no semblance of a funeral procession as portrayed in the film. When the children realize that Margot has missed out on seeing the sun, their facial expressions are truly remorseful, and they proceed one-by-one to give her flowers. The symbol is not missed; it is a formal apology to pay respect for Margot's lossthe death of her dream to see the sun again. The reader, however, doesn't get the same insight. Bradbury does not paint a picture of sad, guilt-stricken children. Instead, the reader can conclude that the children must feel some sense of remorse because they are walking very slowly toward the closet to let Margot out, but perhaps they are simply fearful for what punishment might ensue.

The film casts William in a different light from the short story. Despite him being a bully in both pieces, the film reveals his growth as a character. He repents for his wrongdoing by making restitution with his bouquet of flowers. This is a sharp contrast from the story, where he remains static and his emotions are veiled. Movie-version Margot accepts William's apologetic gesture and smiles, taking him by the arm and proving that forgiveness prevails. Sadly, this does not occur in the story.

Overall, the setting and the theme share similarities, but the contrasts outweigh these positives. Both are worthy of review, but Bradbury eloquently demonstrates that the audience, in this case the reader, bears the responsibility of preference.

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What are the similarities and differences between the short story "All Summer in a Day" and its film adaptation?

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.

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What are the similarities and differences between the short story "All Summer in a Day" and its film adaptation?

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.

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