Monday, February 9, 2015

February 9

Please write about the movie (we'll watch the very end again) as it relates to the novel, comparing and contrasting in 300+ words. Earn credit by trying, caring, investing effort to improve your critical thinking skills. Thank you for your effort.

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  1. The Book of Eli is similar in many different ways to the book The Road. It has to do with the people eating others just to survive. You can tell in the movie who those people are. The ones that have shaky hands, and are usually the ones that are riding the bikes. In the book we don’t really know how you can tell which people are like that. But the dad can just tell by looking at them. Something that is different between the book and the movie is that, in the book the father and son are just trying to go South where they hope it will be warm. In the movie, Eli is going West so he can deliver the Bible: King James Version. One thing in the movie that stuck out was that Eli is blind and when the “bad guy” gets the Bible, he freaks out because it has the dots on the page that only blind people know how to read. He gets all upset with the mother because she won’t translate for him. Even though she says it has been a long time, I feel that she still knows how to read it. She just chooses not to because she doesn’t want to help this man. In the book the father is just trying to keep his son safe from these people. One thing in the book that I noticed is when father and son are running from these people again, they go and hide under the leaves and ash. The father tells the son that he is going to run to opposite direction so they won't come near the son. He tells him that if he gets caught to shot himself. Isn’t the father trying to protect his son? Why would he leave him, having the thought that he wouldn’t come back?

    Morgen Burkman

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  2. What I know so far about the movie is there is this black guy named Eli. He has a book, which appears to give him some sort of powers. All he does is read, and he keeps going west, for whatever reason, but he says later in the movie he goes west to a place where he heard a voice in his head that says there is a safe place for end. But it isn't necessarily an easy journey. He encounters many objects and challenges along the way, such as hijackers and a really greedy guy named Carnegie, who really wants Eli's book.

    The only comparisons I can think of are 1). We don't have or know of many names that are given in The Road and The Book Of Eli. 2). Both book/movie take place in a messed up post-apocalyptic atmosphere or world. 3). There is cannibalistic attributes to some in the book and movie. 4). Both involve references of a lighter, and a shopping cart.

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  3. The Road is much like The Book Of Eli. They both have cannibals, trying to hide and stay away from people who are going to rape you and eat you. They walk along the road, trying to find something worth living for, trying to find a better life. In The Road there is a dad and a son. They stick together no matter what and the dad would do anything to keep the son safe. Killing him if he had too. In The Book Of Eli, he walks the road alone, going west to get the bible somewhere safe, where he can share god's word to people that want and deserve it. Solara follows him when she realizes that he can keep her safe, he can help her get away from the bad guys. In The Book of Eli, they are being chased by Carnegie and his men. Carnegie will do whatever he can in his power to take the Bible away from Eli. But, he doesn't want it to spread the word of God. He wants it because he wants complete control and power over everybody. In The Road, there isn't anything like that. Yes, there is bad guys, but there isn't anybody really chasing the dad and son. They are just trying to get somewhere warmer where there is food and warmth. Eli has more food than the son and father do. He finds cat and birds and gets fed food when he gets to the city that Carnegie runs. The dad and son don't really have that luck. They go days and days without food or water. It doesn't show much about how Eli eats and what he finds. It's sort of like bits and pieces, it doesn't focus on that was much as it does in The Road. Both the book and the movie have similarities and differences in them, the main one I noticed was they both walk along a road, and they both have to fear of people who will trick them and eat them. What a terrible world to live in.

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  4. The movie is very close to the book because first of all it is set in a post apacalyptic world that is sure to be probably the same cause that happened in both. For example they say that when you eat humans you get what they call the shakes and thats when you uncontrollably shake due to the fact that you have been eating your own kind. They are both lone survivors and don't like being in big groups that cause attention. Now that I think about it when they say where they are heading they tell us that both of the characters are heading in probably the same direction and I think it would be kind of interesting if they would have run into eachother along the way. Then they could have sort of brought both of their books together and made a very interesting and appealing series that I know I would watch. In a way I think that the person in The Book of Eli was on sort of the same mission as the people in the road. Even though they were most likely not I kind of like to think that they would. But whenever people say that they would like to have an appocalypse happen is crazy because it has to be nearly impossible trying to survive a world knowing that you will never live the same again and also knowing that there is virtually no hope of ever seeing family or living like we do,

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  5. Jake Garner
    The movie was interesting and it shows how warped the world would be if civilization crumbled much like the road does. Like the road, it depicts the struggle to find food and water. It also shows how hard life is, as far as just traveling. The road in the movie is a dangerous place to be because of the cannibalistic hijackers, the boobie trapped front doors, and crazy old people who want to eat their visitors. So I think this book correlates very well with the road, minus the civilized towns. The towns weren’t even that civilized to be honest. The crazy cannibals were Carnegie’s Hench men who went out looking for the bible. And he was going to use it to gain power..

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  6. This movie is a very great movie that Denzel Washington is a key role in it looks like some kind of nuclear war went on and people in this movie seem to not know how to read their hands shake pretty bad if they eat human meat for some strange reason. The bible is a huge deal in this book there are not really any bibles around at all and but eli has one well thats what i thought at least but in reality he had a gift the lord gave him and he memorized the bible and he writes it when he gets to the west then he dies but this movie resembles the road because it is in apocalyptic type moods and people are always on the run bad guys golar and it just shows that right now in this world we have it good lots of food shelter and family these people don't really have any of that but they definitely try to live life in any way they can. So in this movie you can see that the lord has given him his talents he is like a ninja and he is fast and self motivated this is kind of a tough movie to watch because these people are just nasty and wrong there is rape and then they kill them eat them and trying to survive in this world is just hard you have to have some type of guidance in this movie carnage wants the bible bad so he can teach his people but he is a very bad guy he is just not right in the end and his town is falling down like quick sand and everyone's fighting and without this bible he is nothing and he would do anything for it but it really isn't a bible its a book written by eli because the lord has given him this talent to memorize the bible and write it for the right civilization and he finds it in san francisco I think in Alcatraz and thats were they spend the rest of their lives until he dies there.

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  7. Caleb Andree
    What I appreciate about "The Book of Eli" is its scale. Shot on nimble, lightweight Red digital cameras, the film may traffic in familiar landscapes and archetypes, but it allows its cast the space and time to make the characters breathe.
    The dirty town's inhabitants include Jennifer Beals as Carnegie's blind mistress; Mila Kunis as her daughter, a reluctant tool of Carnegie's and eventually an acolyte of Eli's; and in a deft supporting role, Tom Waits as the local "engineer" and pawnshop owner, thrilled to pieces when Eli shows up bearing KFC moist towelettes.
    The movie operates as a series of set pieces, one standout being Eli's visit to a survivalist couple's homestead. Michael Gambon and Frances de la Tour, two of England's most distinguished hambones, play "George" and "Martha," and though they come and go quickly in a hail of bullets, they're worth the detour.
    The Hughes Brothers aren't above clichés such as the hero's slo-mo strut toward the camera (that old thing), but editor Cindy Mollo has the sense not to cut on the obvious beat every chance she gets.
    Eli's first full-on slaughter of bloodthirsty roadside thugs is shown in a cleverly sustained single take, in silhouette. Very satisfying. Gory, but satisfying.
    For some, this genre picture will come with the bonus of its conspicuous and heavy-duty religiosity.
    It is about the Word and who controls it. But "The Book of Eli" works, even if the preservation of Christianity isn't high on your personal post-apocalypse bucket list. Establishing its storytelling rules clearly and well, the film simply is better, and better-acted, than the average end-of-the-world fairy tale.

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  8. Josh White PD#4
    Well this movie is very awesome to me, I have never seen it and my first time seeing it was in this English class and I absolutely enjoyed this movie. Ellie the man is like a symbol of hope and life he has the book that one day would bring people back to life and would be like operation repopulate normal people. This movie caught my attention right at the first fight scene Ellie fighting off the group of 5 guys and took them all out and it was cool. Secondly this relates to the book we are reading in class called The Road. First it relates to it because its mainly filled on a road and in the book the father and son are on the road a lot 99% of the time. The movie starts to really relate to the book at the end because in the book its two people walking down a road trying to get the a safe place with many obstacles they have faced and yet to face, just like in the movie Ellie and the girl are going west, well Ellie was till the girl joined to help and they travel west to get the book to a safe place. Also this movie is great because it kinda goes to show when things fall and crash and your alone just remember there is hope and one day you will find hope you just have to keep going, get stronger and fight off anything that stops you or stands in your way from fining hope. Thirdly in this movie it shows me that people who are nice and do good things at first might not be there for you in the end because they are nice and do good things because you have something they want, so in order to get that thing that you have they are nice a comfort you hoping to get something from you.

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  9. The Book of Eli relates to the novel The Road in various ways and also relates to past movies we have seen during class time. It relates to the book when Eli and the girl are traveling and they come upon the house just like in the book the man and the kid come upon the house. They both investigate and they both approach the houses'. In the book they go into the house and they don't find anything but they come upon a locked cellar and they try to open they cellar using a crow bar or some spaded object. In the movie they go up to the house and they knock on the door but they fall into a trap and then they are greeted by some very old people. In the book they finally open the door and they move down the steps. They later find out that there are people down in the cellar and one persons legs were chopped off and the tops of his legs were burnt to stop the bleeding so he wouldn't die so he could be eaten later. They both realize that they're in a cannibal's house and they need to get out quickly before they are eaten too. They both run out of the house and in the book they run for their life but in the movie they run back in they house because Carneige was at their front door step and they were gonna be killed so they run back in the house and the old dude brings them to his gun stash spot under the couch and they have an epic shootout. In the book they don't have an epic shootout because he needed to save his bullets but the cannibals couldn't catch them so the man and the boy hid from them in leaves and trees. The Book of Eli relates to Pleasantville because in the Book of Eli everybody burned the Bible after the world and in Pleasantville everyone started burning the books from the library because the information was harmful and meaningless and they didn't want it anymore just like in the movie.

    Dylan Widmann
    Period 4
    Mr. Christensen

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  10. Josh Bradley
    In both the novel and in the movie the conditions they have to face are tremendously terrible and they have to suffer through the harsh conditions of the winter and then when gets to the summer they have to deal with the hot and stickiness that will be there cause the air will be so moist it will make everything damp which for them would be good cause they can’t find food or water. Also in the book they are trying to find food and in the movie they are doing the same thing but in the book it is a lot harder for them to find food and water and in the movie they could actually find food when they wanted it and they had some water if they took down another person they would take their water and drink it so they could get hydrated and stay alive. Also some of the things that they did in the movie were similar to the book because they had to search for food and water but they actually had some where to go and get some shelter were as in the book they were just out there living life one day at a time. Another thing why this book and movie are related is that some of the time they are both running for shelter and it is easier for them to find it in the the movie the book of Eli then in the book the road cause there is not really any place for them to hide but in the snow and behind trees and if you are laying in the snow you are just getting that much colder. Lastly some of the things that are in the movie are different like the main character fights couple guys in a tunnel and fights them off even though he is “blind”.

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  11. I believe this movie has been very enjoyable! I would have to say Its one I would never think to watch. It is a very good movie, In this movie I think their is a lot of cannibalism but if you look at the reality of life sometimes you to do what you one wouldn't so much want to in life, I guess that's part of living though. There are many different types of people in their wold but they have to over come their fears and go onward to save their kind. I would have to say this is very full of action and on going tragic events it keeps you alert wanting more from this movie. The book of Eli is an attention grabber this movie I feel as if the Book is only his and shall be shared with no one else otherwise all his secrets must vanish for only him to remember his memory will be lost in a island so deep no one would be able to recreate the memories he had.

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  12. Kallie Folk

    The book The Road and the movie The Book of Eli are similar in a lot of different ways. Eli has to do a lot of walking just like in The Road the father and son have to walk miles and miles. Eli has to fight for his life a couple of times. At the beginning of the movie he is walking and this woman ask for help. Eli knows there is something fishy about this and he uses his sense of smell and can smell all the stinky men. They try and attack him but Eli is way too good for them. Same with Papa though he didn't hurt a bunch of people he did hurt one person for trying to take is son. Don't ever mess with a parent and a child. Eli also goes through this town and it ran by some jerk who thinks he is better than everyone else. Eli goes into town and he is not there to start anything he just wants some water and he ends up getting in a big fight over a cat. There is this girl named Salon she yells at them to stop. When the dad has to take his son out of that house where there are people tied to walls and are being raped and eaten. Also Salon tries and ends up going with Eli anyways, also like Papa and the son walking with each other not being alone. Papa and Eli take care of Salon and the son. The movie and the book are really similar fighting for your life and can't look back to see what is happening, you have to keep moving forward. Showing us that life isn't as easy as we thought. That if we want something there might be rocks and cracks in are way of getting it, you just have to push past them rough patches and fight for what you want. Live life the way you want to and need to for you to be happy and safe.

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  13. In relation to The Road, The Book of Eli was about a man's mission to survive and save something that he loved. The Road and The Book of Eli are similar in ways that I never would have seen, but thankfully I have found them because I am asked to search for these similarities. In The Road, the man is doing everything in his power to keep himself and his son alive. Although he tries his best to make his son happy, it doesn't always work out that way. There are obstacles like cannibals and lack of nutrition that stand in the man's way of true joy for his beloved son. The Road is also one of the only books that I have seen with such a great story that the lack of punctuation and character names don't bother me. Others may disagree with me on the point of punctuation (Levi Asher), but I feel that the story is beautifully written and has a massively important message about what it means to have a relationship with your family. All of this comes together in perfect harmony when watching The Book of Eli. They have instances of cannibalism, relationships, survival, insight into the character's mind, and many other aspects that make The Road and The Book of Eli into great stories for generation upon generation. Cormac McCarthy is quite possibly one of the most narrative writers of all time. In terms of being able to tell a story without a whole lot of punctuation and proper grammar, McCarthy takes the cake. On another note, The Book of Eli had small bits of religious content, while The Road did not. The Road is almost the complete opposite in terms of religious views. The Book of Eli has the survivors turning towards religion, while The Road's survivors have turned away from religion completely.

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  14. The time setting of the movie was in 2043, it was 31 years after the war, not many people survived, and people got no food to eat, so they just eat each other. The movie is related to the navel, because Eli in the movie is kind of same with the father in the navel, and the Bible that Eli tried to protect with is kind of same with the son in the novel. I feel the environment setting of the movie is kind of alike to the navel too, because they both looked really gray, ashes and dirt everywhere, all the animals and plants are dead. And another thing that the movie and the navel are kind of similar were Eli in the movie just like the father from the navel, his uses his life to protect the Bible, just like how the father in the navel protected his son, Eli killed everyone who tried to take away that Bible from him, and the father did the same thing to protect his son too.

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  15. In both the novel and the movie the living condition are absolutely terrible. People go hungry and starve. People get raped and killed in both the novel and the movie. They both have a main character but the main character in The Book of Eli is blind. Eli is blind and he doesn’t want anyone to know that he is blind so he doesn’t let anyone see the book or else they would find out that he is actually blind. The bible in the movie is like the kid in The Road because Eli looks after the bible just like the dad looks after his kid in The Road. Eli would do anything to protect his bible just like the dad would do anything to protect his son. In both stories the people are wandering the roads to get someone where. In the movie he is trying to go west so he can keep the bible safe from robbers and thieves. In the novel the dad and kid are trying to get to a warmer place so they don’t free to death in the colder months of the year. In both stories they are faced with obstacles that are trying to prevent them from reaching their final destination. In the end Eli reaches his final destination where he wanted to end up and he tells the person to write down exactly what he says word for word. He tells the person every word and they start to make more bibles. Both stories have cannibals and they eat each other for food. Not everyone are cannibals in the stories are cannibals but a lot of people are because there is nothing else to eat and so they end up eating each other for food. In the end they only have one real goal in mind and that is to get the bible where is needs to be and to stay safe from harm.

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  16. In the movie so far there is a lot of similarities to the book. Eli is on a mission to get to the West and The man in the book is on a mission to get South. They also both have something that they need to live to protect. The man has his son that he does whatever possible to keep save. Eli has the book that he fights for throughout the whole movie. There is bad guys in both the movie and in the book who want to harm both of the guys and their things in their care. The only difference with that is we don't know the bad guys names in the book but we know them in the movie. Their is a head master of the bad guys in the movie the Book of Eli but none so far in The Road. Thats not to say that the man and his son won't run into any in the future though. In both stories the world that we have come to know has come to an end and sadly we get to see in both cases how people react to that. Many of the people steal from one another and turn on their own kind. They use women as sex toys and kill one another without any thought to it. In both of the stories it's extremely sad to see what people are capable of. I understand that their doing what they think is best to survive but most are not thinking rationally. If they worked together without jumping to conclusions they could divide everything up so people could live nice. Some people get very greedy though and think that they need everything and take from the weak. Kinda like in the Lion King. In this case I could see them arm wrestling to see who would get the better grades cause the strong do survive and out power the smart.

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  17. I know that Eli is blind. But it still gets to me because he acts like he isn't. Eli acts like he is a normal guy with normal vision but, he is blind. You don't know this until the very end when carnage opens the bible and sees that it is in brail. I love this movie also because it shows that when someone puts their mind to something. They will do it. And that people that people have good memory. Good enough memory to remember the whole bible. Makes me think how many times Eli read the bible.
    The movie also shows that when somebody wants something as bad as carnage wants the bible. People will do unknown things to get that something that they want. It’s unreal to me because I have never wanted something that bad. Not to the point of shooting someone in the stomach to get it. Maybe scream and cry when I was little, but that's a different story.
    The son and salona were both born after stuff hit the fan. The son however is a lot lonelier because he is a child and needs friends to be happy in life. Children just don’t come into earth and are not going to want to do anything, children need friends. The father is like Eli because they both know what to do, and where to go, somewhat. Eli can partially see and he can see what direction he needs to go. I’m not sure how the father knows where to go, or if he even does know where to go. The eldery folks in the book of Eli are like the bad guys in the road, cannibals. Really nasty. I cant even think of what it would be like to eat another human body. Goss.

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  18. Andrew Alexander

    The Road and The Book of Eli are both stories of the aftermath of what looks like a nuclear war. In both of the stories the characters are walking in a certain direction because they are looking for something. In the book the man and boy are going South looking for warmth. And in the movie Eli is walking West to bring a book to someone. During both of their journeys they are forced to deal cannibals, rapist, hunger and finding water. In The Book of Eli he doesn't have to deal with hunger as bad as The Man and The Boy. Because there is still some animals that Eli can hunt and eat like cats and birds. Both of the men from the stories have to face Hijackers and groups of people who would eat them. In the movie it looks like there are towns and trading post set up. But in the book there is nothing. Both of the men in the stories seem like they know how to survive in the apocalyptic world. In the story ammunition is scarce so people make their own weapons out of blunt or sharp objects. In the stories there are very few vehicles that are being used because of gas not being around. Both of the stories the world is burnt and most of everything is gone. In The Book of Eli Carnegie is the leader of the town and a group of people but loses power. In The Road from what I have read there is a gang who uses the color red.

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