Monday, February 27, 2012
Freaks vs. Spurs: Interpretation of Characters
In the short story, there is an overall theme of seeking revenge. The reasoning behind why Jacques must seek revenge is clearly adressed within the story. For one, there is a strong polarity between Jacques and Simon: Jacques is a dog-rider, pretending to be a brave horse-rider, whereas Simon is the real thing. This point alone showcases an inevitable and innate jealously and hatred from Jacques to Simon. So long as Jacques can have what he wants (in this case, Jeanne Marie) then there is no need to pursue this hatred of Simon, correct? Well, soon after the marriage proposal, it becomes evident that Jeanne Marie does not really love Jacques as she begins to make fun of him and take advantage of him at each and every moment. Because of Jacques want coming into conflict, hatred and revenge towards Simon became an inevitable theme.
In the film, Freaks, we get more of an odd and appalling atmosphere. This is created by the addition of new characters who actually possess bodily defects. The theme of the short film seems to revolve more around defending your kind. In the short story, there is a sense of disconnect between each individual as they, for instance in the marriage dinner party scene, rant on egotistically about how people come to see only them. This instills a sense that every character is fending themselves in this world. In the film, we see the freaks come together as a whole against everyone else. This is showcased in many scenes. A great scene that stands out, however, is when all of the freaks crawl beneath the wagons, coming after Simon.
All in all, the short story and the feature length film present new view points. In Spurs we follow the story of a midgit seeking vengeance, whereas in the Freaks, we follow an even greater group- we follow freaks, as a whole, and their quest to defend one another in this harsh world where no one can understand them.