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isamong Philip Roth’s most exciting novels. The central focus of thebook is human frailty the book follows a narrative structure.Similarly, James Schamus, in his adaptation of the novel ,dramatizes the events that transpire in the original Phillip Rothnovel. In both accounts, Marcus Messner is the center of attention.His experiences, as he relocates from his college in Newark toWinesburg College in Ohio, are highlighted. Marcus is a young manwhose ambitions are split between attending college and catering tohis responsibilities at home. In essence, the book is focused on therites of passage that Marcus undergoes to realize independence fromhis parents and find his way in a new community. The theme ofindignation, throughout the Philip Roth`s novel and James Schamus`film, inspires the development of a myriad of events.

is perceivable as anger about a person’s unfair behavior or anunfair situation (Macmillan Dictionary). Roth and Schamus bring tobear the theme of indignation early, albeit somewhat the story of Marcus, a young adult whose ambition is dividedbetween attending college and taking care of his responsibilities athome. His father is a butcher, meaning Marcus spends a substantialamount of time working in the butchery. , in the novel, isintuitive this is revealed when Marcus’s father talks about theridiculous demands of customers and describes the process ofpreparing chicken. Marcus’ father mimics his clientele. He says,“Turn…over.No,&nbspover.&nbspLet…see…bottom”(Roth 1). He also says, “you split…ass open a…bit and…stickyour hand…and you grab…viscera and…pull them out.” Uponhearing his father describe the process, Marcus said, “Ihated…part. Nauseating…disgusting, but…had to be done” (Roth1). Marcus’ father’s intention is to teach Marcus how to bepatient with the demanding customers who want to inspect every partof the chicken before making a purchase.

Rothand Schamus also advance over-pitched emotion when he shows thereaction of Marcus` father after hearing that Marcus had chosen toattend school in a region that was not only far from his hometown butalso hard to reach by train or bus. Marcus says, “to be freeof…father…chosen…school fifteen hours…from New Jersey”(Roth 24). Upon learning of Marcus` decision, Marcus` fatheroverreacts by giving him a very tight embrace, to the extent thatMarcus almost suffocates. Marcus contends that his decision wasinformed by the fact that the college was located in a region that isdifficult to reach by train or bus.

Thetheme of frustrated sexual desire emerges quite distinctly in thenovel. In both the film and the book, prolonged excitation is nevermet with orgasmic discharge, leading the young men to hobble aroundlike cripples (Roth 18). In both accounts, this behavior continuesuntil the intense, searing, and cramping discomfort of the extensivetesticular torture, in other words, referred to as blue ballsdiminish. “Blue balls,” in both the film and the novel, is thenorm it strikes dozens of students between ten and midnight.Ejaculation is viewed as an elusive and unprecedented event. In away, Roth and Schamus advance the notion that characters result inexcessive releases such as trying to outrun a train while driving ormasturbating in insane proportions because of repressed sexualdesires.

Inaddition to the above, the themes of over-pitched human emotion andsexual desire also come to being. After Marcus meets Olivia Hutton,Marcus’ sexual desire is released. Olivia gets drawn to hisintensity and, on the first date, Marcus receives a blowjob from her(Roth 20). Although Marcus is smart, he cannot fathom why Olivia isnot the best person to call his girlfriend (Roth 25). Olivia`sparents are divorced, she has scars and is too affectionate, and hergirlish delusion is not in tandem with Marcus` ambition. Marcus`slack of exposure to events in this type of world blinds him fromviewing the events that transpire around him clearly.

Thetheme of suicide also emerges in Roth’s book and Schamus’ film,in kosher design. Both accounts reveal Marcus saying, &quotOlivia…triedto…kill herself according…kosher specifications…emptying…bodyof blood” (Roth 24). Marcus also brings to bear a suicide note thatOlivia had written. The letter stated, &quotMarcus and I…sexualcontact…he dropped me as…a slut. I`d prefer…be dead…livewith…shame” (Roth 28). Marcus` revelations, in his thoughts,while at the hospital and during his talk with the Dean, reveal thatOlivia had committed suicide.

Lastly,Roth highlights the theme of death. This theme comes to light laterin the book. Marcus reveals that he is dead, and all the events thatare transpiring are his memories. Marcus says, &quotEven now,beyond…existence, alive…here…I…puzzle overOlivia’s…Who…imagined…one would…remember…life…to…tiniestcomponent?” (Roth 32). Marcus` contemplation reveals that he isdeep in thought, but from the world that is separate from thephysical one. His narration reveals that he is restless about hissituation (dead) and wishes that he could be alive and together withOlivia. He says, &quotafterlife…without sleep…no doors…nodays…and the judgment…endless…because…actions…judged…alltime” (Roth 32).

Consideringthe above, James Schamus, a prominent director, has adapted PhilipRoth’s novel, .Marcus Messner (played by Logan Lerman), travels to a small town thatis located in Ohio, sparing him the effects of the Korean War( While in Ohio, Marcus meets Olivia Hutton (played bySarah Gadon) and is infatuated with her. Just like in Roth`s,Marcus is interested in getting away from his overprotective father.He is also a butcher (Kosher) with a knack for being exposed to thedangers of the world Marcus` interest in developing a relationshipwith Olivia Hutton is also revealed.

Thefilm derives its storyline from Marcus’ indignation: he is anatheist who feels inclined attend chapel (Morgenstern). Perioddetails are captured relatively astutely ( Forinstance, appendectomy comes to light as near-major surgery Oliviaappears sophisticated, as revealed by her fondness for consumingsnails and sexual repression over this period is also shown. Also,challenges in tone are exposed. In one scene, Marcus is seen as thehero, and, in another, he is seen as a character that has no clueabout life, especially his surroundings(, in a way, takes Marcus more seriously than Roth did. Heplaces the impact of the oppressive mores, which affected Marcusafter he left home to pursue his studies, on his parents. In essence,Schamus Pursues zealously, making the film provocative and ambitious.

Ina recap of the above discussion, Roth brings to bear themes such asover-pitched emotion, frustrated sexual desire, infatuation, suicide,and death. The central focus of is human frailty. Marcus, a young man, is the center of attention inthe book. His experiences, as he relocates from his college in Newarkto Winesburg College in Ohio, are highlighted. James Schamus adaptedPhilip Roth’s novel, .Justlike in Philip Roth’s novel, Marcus Messner travels to a small townthat is located in Ohio with the intention of getting away from hisoverprotective father. In the film, he also emerges as a butcher witha knack for being exposed to the dangers of the world he is alsointerested in developing his relationship with Olivia Hutton, asdiscussed above.


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