The Curious Circumstance Of Benjamin Button | Adapting literature

Life would be infinitely more happy if we could only be delivered at the age of 80 and slowly but surely tackle 18. This offer from Draw Twain inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to write his short report âžThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button" in 1922. Just lately, in 2008, it has been adapted as a film movie aimed by David Fincher with great success.

There have been many adaption of books into film and the grade of the results as well as the number of parallels to the initial work often vary greatly. "The Curious Circumstance of Benjamin Button" is a very extreme example and for a long time the nouvelle wasn't even thought to possibly be turned into a movie because of the lack of ways to hold the reversed aging procedure for Benjamin Button appear real.

I found the thought of living life backwards and the difficulties and experiences which are linked to this outstanding phenomenon very interesting. Therefore I wanted to determine more about it and read the short storyline "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Despite the fact that reserve and film differ in a number of ways, the key idea is the same and so fascinating that we made a decision to do my research newspaper on comparing the e book with the movie.

B: I As we will see, the movie is a very loose adaption of the reserve, basically, the only real consistent incident in both the movie and the publication is Benjamin Buttons different, reversed maturing process. Yet not this is completely similar: as the book´s persona of Benjamin Button has the mental get older of 80 by the end of his life, the movie's version provides Benjamin the frame of mind of a child trapped in an 80 12 months old body.


The story begins at the day when Hurricane Katrina visits New Orleans. As of this very day Daisy Williams is holding out in a New Orleans hospital on her behalf deathbed on her behalf end to come. There with her is her daughter Caroline, who stands by her and reads to her mum out loud of a journal given to her by a man called Benjamin. His mom died giving delivery to him. Now the difference to all the other newborn babies is that he was old and wrinkled. Thomas Button, his daddy, horrified of his kid leaves him on the doorsteps of an elderly care-home. Where Queenie a dark-colored NANNA? Needs him in and treats him like her own son. Benjamin fits in well even though of his early age he appears as old as almost all of the residents. Soon Benjamin realizes that he's physically growing youthful - not older. SZENE. Early on in his life, he fulfills Daisy, the woman of his life which he first satisfies when she's a kid. Both lives go different ways and sometimes their paths even cross one another. Until they finally can manage to make a life mutually, which however because of there different fates isn't of an extended duration. (QUELLE)


Benjamin Button was created in 1860 in a hospital in Baltimore. However, not as your baby, he had your brain and appearance of a vintage man in his 80's. Mr Roger Button, Benjamin's father, is person in a eminently reputable family and the president of Roger Button & Co. , Low cost Hardware. Due to his high social position he has challenges accepting his boy for who he was. He tries to develop the illusion that his boy is within no aspect not the same as any person. The changing times contemporary society cared a lot for conformity and for that reason had very little tolerance because of this curious case of Benjamin Button. Benjamin still lives an extremely full live - just in some other kind of way. He age groups backwards at the same rate as every person else is getting aged. In 1880 Benjamin Button is twenty years old (but appears about 50) and matches and falls in love with Hildergarde the stunning daughter of General Moncrief. Hildegarde actually is attracted to more mature men and six month later against all moral standards because of their great years difference the get hitched and even have a boy called Roscoe.

While Benjamin gets younger Hildegarde is getting older, and he soon looses curiosity about her âžHe considered what possible fascination she acquired ever exercised over him. "(p. 37) Benjamin should go off to battle in the Spanish North american Warfare, as he comes back home he appears a comparable era as his own kid, Roscoe. Growing more radiant everyday he attends Harvard University or college at the age of 18. After Benjamin graduates he is young enough to visit prep school, until he ends up beeing playmates with Roscoe's boy. Without being able to stop the reversed ageing process he goes to kindergarden until he finally is even too young for this. As he increases younger and more radiant he looses the storage of his complete earlier life until ". . it was all dark"(p. 52)

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While the plotline is a complete different one when you compare publication and film, there are however hurdles Benjamin Button has to overcome during his lifetime. In the book mainly due to nonacceptance of population and in the movie because of

II b ; One main theme in the reserve is what sort of new given birth to baby, bodily and psychologically in his 80s, is accepted into culture. In the brief story, which plays in 1860(first few lines), Benjamin exists in a healthcare facility and from the beginning one can observe how Benjamin is considered to be beneath public standards of this time. When Mr Button arrives at the hospital, the physician even doubts about his own reputation : "Does one imagine a case like this can help my professional reputation?

One more would wreck me--ruin anybody. " (Webpage 4). Mr Button still unsuspecting of what occurred has to realize, that the doctor who brought himself into the world and have been the family´s medical professional for over 40 years, has no interest in discovering the Buttons again as he makes clear by stating : âžI'm through to you! I don't want to see you or all of your relatives ever again! Good-bye!" (Page 4)

It is not only the doctor who is annoyed and hostile. It looks like the complete hospital is anxious due to this unusual event. .

The hospital won't regain its flawless reputation after----"(Page 6) problem the nurse seconds before she confirmed Mr Button the way to his new blessed child.

The reality his new born baby happens to be a vintage man outrages Mr. Button to a degree, that he even calling his own boy an imposter and lier (page 8). This shows very well how the society in the past reacts to phenomenons which do not fit their norms and is convinced.

From this minute on, Roger Button will everything in his capacity to threat Benjamin appropriate to his years. He wants to keep the later years of Benjamin a secret and even feels further the actual best solution would be to achieve this task.

âžIf, say, he could only find a very large boy's suit, he could cut off that long and awful beard, dye the white scalp brown, and therefore have the ability to conceal the most severe, and to hold on to something of his own self-respect - not forgetting his position in Baltimore population. "

Roger Button is set to keep his illusion alive and deny the evident which is manufactured very clear by the next words :Benjamin was a âžbaby, and your baby he should remain"(webpage 15)

"The particular mishap would have cost the Buttons and their kinsfolk socially cannot be decided" (site 17) However the city's attention is very soon drawn onto other activities - the outbreak of the Civil War.

By the age of twelve Benjamin's parents got used to him and even noticed that he was not any not the same as other children. This is enough time when Benjamin had not been troubled by world because of his appearance.

Later in the booklet though he has once again troubles to find his place in society. This occurs when Benjamin Button who just approved his entrance examination to Yale school is called into the Yale registrar's office to receive his routine. Benjamin can't perish his scalp before he enters the office and for that reason can't hide his elderly appearance. The registrar first thought he'd be talking to Mr Roger Button. As Benjamin made is case clear and insists on his get older of eighteen, once again Benjamin meets with his âžcurse" he has to package with since his delivery.

The idea!" the registrar shouted. "A man of your age

trying to enter into here as a freshman. Eighteen years of age, are you? Well, I'll offer you eighteen minutes to escape town. " (Site 23)

Being unable to gain an effective education at school because of the cultural inacceptance of his case he starts working for his father's company Roger Button & Co. During this time period, Benjamin also starts to mingle with contemporary society and satisfies the girl of General Moncrief, HildegardeIt whom he marries six months later. The storyplot of Benjamin's labor and birth is being kept in mind again but many reports were made up such as âžBenjamin was really the father of Roger Button, that he was his brother who had been in prison for forty years"(page 31) Therefore the real story is forgotten or perhaps so amazing that nobody feels it, not his own better half.

Many years Benjamin is able to life a happy life without having to be concerned about his physical maturity process which makes him appear youthful by the day, until he comes home from the Civil Warfare to his better half and must face that his ever before more radiant appearance drives his wife nuts, she truthfully thinks it's his way of annoying her and she actually is in the illusion that he could stop his ageing process any moment he wants.

"But, Hildegarde, I can't make it. "

"You can too. You're simply stubborn. You imagine you don't desire to be like any one else. " (page 37)

After that time, the gab between them begins to widen. Benjamin continues getting more youthful until he's a young boy. He receives a notice from the army requesting him, since he served as an officer with an increased rank through the Spanish-American War to go back into service. He recognizes this as an possibility to go back with time and do the work he once liked so much. Again society will not adhere to his motives. He arrives at the headquarters where he's turned down and directed home considered just a little boy who wanted to play soldier.

This also is the last discord concerning the aspect of world and Benjam's process of becoming younger. From that moment on Benjamin remains living his life backwards heading back to kindergarden then under a nanny´s custody - getting more youthful and young until he's finally vanished.

The skit of "Benjamin Button" is the fact the necessity for cultural self-preservation performs such a major role, which it blinds everyone from viewing Benjamin's fate for what it is, and for accepting him for the individual he's. Fitzgerald criticizes the city of the upper course who's reputation mainly is secured throughout conformity and their position is determend by their prosperity.

The interpersonal aspect or concerns about someone´s reputation and how it's influencing the publication however is nearly absent in the whole movie. In the film, Benjamin appears like a child, but his appearance is still so shocking to Mr. Button (PHOTO) that he grabs the infant wanting to get rid of him. It seems like he even endeavors to throw the little baby into the river. (9:57) The appearance of a police officer ceases that thought and he leaves Benjamin with 18 Dollars on the steps leading to a fresh Orleans boardinghouse for the elderly, the Nolan House (QUELLE), where Queenie, takes him in and boosts him like he was her own child, he's accepted immediately. There is absolutely no hint in the movie that Mr Button offered his boy away for any other reason than his external appearance. Mr Button:"I thought you were a monster" (1:43:23)


In the movie, Benjamin Button must overcome several obstructions linked to his reversed aging process such as witnessing people constantly dying in front of his eye during his previous time in the Nolan House, where âžloss of life was a common visitor. " (25:03) When Benjamin discusses his process about getting younger with one of the residents living in the Nolan House. It's made really clear by the words of the resident what heavy burden he has to carry after his shoulders. âžWell I feel sorry for you, you have to see every person you love expire before you do, it's an aweful responsibility"(52:47).

In the movie there are a love account which helps to understand what this means to live a life backwards like Benjamin does indeed. He fits Daisy who is the grandchild of Miss Fall season?? and sometimes comes to visit her above the weekends at the Nolan House. Benjamin falls in love with Daisy âž from the first time he observed" her (36:47) But her being only 10 and him bodily in his 70's and the emotionally early age of both makes a relationship impossible - at least because of this moment. It turns out to be a love story which develops slowly and gradually, over the course of many decades. At the age of 17, Benjamin continues on a long powerful trip over a tugboat. Despite the fact that Daisy and Benjamin write each other constantly, a long time pass until they meet the other person again in the Nolan House in 1945 when Benjamin is 26 yrs. old. Despite the fact that Daisy makes strong recommendations to sleep with Benjamin, he changes her down for the reason that she actually is to be going out of the next morning. This event though is not very important to the aspect which is reviewed here. It's pointed out here limited to the better understanding of the plotline.

However in spring 1962, 19 years later Daisy and Benjamin meet again in New Orleans at the Nolan House where they both fall season in love with each other simultaneously.

The undeniable fact that Daisy is many years over the age of Benjamin seems to be irrelevant for quite a long time until the certainty of his curse pops back into his life. Daisy gets pregnant and Benjamin asks himself the question :"How can I be a father when I'm going in the other course?" Despite the fact that his wife understands the results she provides him words of encouragement and insists that they can somehow make it work. But life doesn't always go matching to one´s desires, therefore shortly after the baby exists Benjamin realizes that his child needs a daddy and not a playmate. He makes an extremely troublesome decision and goes away, leaving his better half and child with enough money to reside in a good life. Giving up the love of his life is just about the biggest obstacle Benjamin must get over because of his reversed aging process.


III a;Charactere

In the short story Benjamin exists as "an old man obviously about seventy years. "(p. 7) He has almost white scalp and "an extended smoke-colored beard"(p. 7) Benjamin starts out with a great deal of demanding and complaining. Just given birth to and still in a healthcare facility he announces "That is a fine place to keep a youngster of quiet preferences. With all of this yelling and howling, I haven't had the opportunity to get a wink of sleep. I asked for something to consume. "(p. 9) He also doesn't action anything just like a baby. When he's only he secretely smokes cigares and locates more interest in an encyclopedia than in kids´ gadgets. (FOOTNOTE) Rather than playing with children of his age group he detects more pleasure in sitting and talking to his grandfather. Benjamin occassionally breaks things on purpose to generate the illusion beeing a standard baby just to delighten his daddy. "he only have these thing because they were expected of him, and because he was by nature obliging. "(p. 18) This is also the reason why he dies his hair and shaves his beard, he tries to please every person around him even if he's not comfortable with it. Aging backwards for Benjamin methods to overcome many obstructions as shown above and still Benjamin always helps to keep his dignity and never complains about his trust. "Benjamin, once he remaining the hospital, required life as he found it. "(p. 17) As Benjamin gets older, or younger for this matter, he actually is very clever and succesfull in what he does indeed. Not only did he graduate from Havard University or college but also made his father's company way more profitable scheduled his new ideas. He also becomes an expert in dance and great in the game of golf. During his military time in the Spanish-American Warfare in 1898 he becomes a lieutenant-colonel. "He was just a bit wounded, and received a medal. " Benjamin also becomes "more and more enticed by the gay aspect of life. " He was "dancing with the prettiest of the young married women, and communicating with the most popular of the dêbutantes". 1912 though is a turning point in Benjamin's life. His glory years seem to be to be over now- as his appearance now is the main one of a sixteen yr old teen his mental capability grows back again as well. And therefore his social status is following the same process, he sees "himself much only, except for the companionship of three or four fifteen-year-old young boys in the neighborhood. " Now by the end of his life he behaves and believes just how he was supposed to during his early on years. He reads little boy's stories and then for him now "playing with little stripes was the most interesting game in the world. "(p. 49). He is a little guy now and "he was happy"(p. 49) Slowely he begins to ignore - "no token emerged to him of his courageous days at college or university, of the glittering years when he was flustered the hearts of many girls. " "And he remembered nothing at all. "

In the movie Benjamin begins his life by looking such as a normal baby except for his skin which is heavily wrinkeled, similar to the skin of a vintage person. He cries like any other baby but after having a closer assessment by the doctor they find out that his health is quite in circumstances which may be found by elderly people than by a new baby child. Details. . . then reserve. . . accommodating

Father: Within the story Benjamin's father is very present right from the beginning. He's a succesfull man and helds a high position, "both cultural and financial". And therefore is always concered about other's opinions of him. He appears to not be very open up for things he doesn't understand or he doesn't have confidence in. That is shown by his attempt raising his son Benjamin the "normal" way, which is merely made possible through illusions he built for himself to prevent the confrontation with the reality. He has trouble accepting Benjamin as his boy until he gets older which is either because of Benjamin's trumendous success with the company (It was mainly scheduled him that the family fortune was doubled chpt. 7) or because of the fact that Benjamin finally appears more youthful than his father.

In the movie however his name is Thomas Button. He also is the top of an effective Button company, but he doesn't seem too concerned about how many other people think about him, he even seems such as a man without any scruble by abondoning his child because of his appearance. Later in the movie it accured that Mr Button is tired and his time on the planet is very limited. He needs to make up for everything and regrets his errors. He tells Benjamin that he was his dad and furthermore explains to him that he "shouldn't have abondoned " him (1:34:37). Though the apolgy was long overdue and what he have unforgivable this small move still makes him a sympathic character by the end.

Mother: Within the book the mom is alive there is not anything else brought up about her. Inside the movie however Benjamin's biological mother dies having a baby to Benjamin. At her place steps Queenie, his black surrogate mom. This identity is quite strong and independant, it's basically her who operates the complete Nolan Home with all its seniors residents. Which also shows how liable and caring she actually is. Her joyfull performing and her supportiveness towards Benjamin thouroughout the movie makes her a loveable identity.

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