Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Bayreuth (Anglophone Literaturen und Kulturen ), course: HS Africa on Film, language: English, abstract: 1. Introduction 2 2. Athol Fugard as a writer and the historical context 2 3. Tsotsi as a novel and Tsotsi as a film – a direct comparison 3 3.a. General differences 3 3.a.1. Narrators in novels and pictures in films 3 3.a.2. The atmosphere 4 3.a.3. The setting 4 3.a.4. The language 5 3.b. The differences in the plots of the two versions 5 3.b.1. Tsotsi’s gang and the murder of Gumboot Dhlamini (Chapter 1) 5 3.b.2. Tsotsi’s fight with Boston (Chapter 2) 6 3.b.3. Tsotsi’s encounter with the baby (Chapter 3) 7 3.b.4. Tsotsi hides the baby in the ruins (Chapter 4) 8 3.b.5. The funeral of Gumboot Dhlamini, Boston’s recovery and Tsotsi’s reunification with Butcher and Die Aap (Chapter 5) 9 3.b.6. Tsotsi’s encounter with Morris Tshabalala (Chapters 6 and 7) 9 3.b.7. Tsotsi finds a replacement mother in Miriam Ngidi (Chapter 8) 10 3.b.8. Tsotsi’s childhood (Chapter 9) 11 3.b.9. Tsotsi’s second encounter with Miriam Ngidi (Chapter 10) 12 3.b.10. The story of Boston’s life (Chapter 11) 13 3.b.11. Tsotsi’s death (Chapter 12) 15 4. Interpretations of the major differences 16 4.a. The replacement of the apartheid topic 16 4.b. The different atmospheres in the two works 17 4.c. The missing narrator and its effect on the plausibility and numerous details 18 4.d. Apparent commercial reasons for changes in the plot 18 5. Summary 19 6. Works cited 19 Unlike the novel’s plot, the plot of the film is not set in the 1950s to 60s but in the post-apartheid South Africa around the beginning of the new millennium. Not just because more than 40 years passed from the original idea until its publication as a film, the original novel and the film version are quite different in many aspects. Although both the novel and the film follow roughly the same structure, the differences offer many enlightening insights. This paper is going to compare the film version with the original version in the novel in order to analyze and interpret the differences. Some of the major differences revolve around the role of racism, apartheid, politics and social criticism in the two versions, and still others around the different impacts of the two works and the different reasons, purposes and circumstances under which the novel was written and why the film was made.
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