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Devil And Daniel Essay, Research Paper

In the movie and the short story, ?The Devil and Daniel Webster?, written by

Stephen Vincent Benet, there is illustrated the battle between the forces of

good and evil. Although the story allows the reader to mentally picture the

scenes and the movie does the depicting for the viewer, there are several

similarities in each script. Some of these similarities are the way the

characters are depicted and the final scene. There are several incongruous

scenes between the short story and the way the movie unfolds. The differences

are the amount of time that is spent on the character development, also there

are some scenes added into the movie such as the harvest dance and the reminder

of the contract. There are three main characters in this short story/movie. They

are Scratch, Daniel Webster, and Jabez Stone. The actors picked for the roles

fit almost perfectly to the descriptions of the characters in the short story.

Scratch is described as a? soft-spoken, dark-dressed stranger?white

teeth…were filed to a point?.. As shown in the movie the actor was also a

very darkly clad man. He also had a very soft, hypnotic voice and whenever he

smiled his teeth were very shiny and pointy. The man described as ?the biggest

man in the country?when he stood up to speak, stars and stripes came right out

of the sky?and when he argued a case, he could turn on the harps of the

blessed and the shaking of the earth underground? was Daniel Webster. In the

movie the actor who filed his role was a very big man with a powerful voice. The

last character, Jabez Stone, wasn?t given a very active role in the short

story, but he was described as? an unlucky man?he had a good wife and

children, but the more he had the less there was to feed them.? In the movie

Jabez is seen more throughout the unfolding of the tale and his family life was

a little different. He had only one child and that was after the contract with

the devil was made. The ending to the short story took place in Jabez?s barn

and consisted of a jury filled with the ruthless dead. This was also how the

movie was played out. Even the closing speech that Daniel made wasn?t told

word for word in the short story, but the way it was spoken in the movie seemed

to sum up the way it was supposed to be in the short story. It had the same

affect because it made? the glitter [be] gone from the eyes of the judge and

jury, and, for the moment, they were men again, and knew they were men.? The

only difference in the movie that I didn?t like as much was that the Devil

didn?t seem as intimidated by Daniel Webster as he did in the short story. He

just laughed at Daniel and told him he?d get him in the presidency race. There

are even more differences between the scripts then there are similarities. The

first of these is the way the characters are depicted. I already pointed out

that Jabez had a bigger role in the movie and that he only had one child. His

wife, her mother, the neighboring farmers and the housekeeper were also given

more substantial roles in the movie. His wife, Mary, was there to dote on him

and also to show her support for him after all the farmers had turned on him.

Her mother and the farmers, who weren?t even mentioned in the short story,

were there to act as Jabez?s conscious. The mother always seemed to appear

after something bad happened. The farmer?s were there at first to get him to

join the Populist movement and the Farmer?s Guild. When he refused that and

took the devil?s offer all he would do was gloat. They eventually turned on

him, this is different in the short story because in it they were very fond of

him and even wanted him to run for state senate. The housekeeper was also around

a lot and for some reason after the baby is born she changes into Belle, a very

seductive, young women. This is one thing about the movie that I didn?t like

because it distracted from the whole idea of the contract he made. In the movie

Jabez moves into a new home where he hosts a harvest dance. During this scene he

pushes his wife away and Daniel comes to take her and their son. Also in this

scene Mr. Stevens? contract is up and Scratch turns him into a moth and places

him in the box. I liked how the interaction between the Devil and Jabez

occurred, but I thought the scene with Mr. Stevens swirling around and finally

collapsing was a little too much. He should have just been struck dead. That is

why I do like the one scene where the Devil after Making the contract with Jabez

writes the termination date in the trunk of the tree so as to remind Jabez every

day. Also the scene with Jabez trying to cut down the tree as to break the

contract was very effective. Overall the way the director decided to interpret

the short story was not the same as I did while I was reading it. For the most

part he tried to stick with the script, but with the scenes he tried to change

they didn?t seem as effective. However the scenes he decided to add and the

characters he expanded on were a great choice and brought the story alive.

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