Comparative Essay Topics For The Birds

Differences between The Birds the Movie and The Birds short story

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The Birds
     The Birds, the movie was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was based on the short story “The Birds” written by Daphne du Murrier. If you would have read the book and then watched the movie, you would see that very few things are the same. In both the short story and the movie flocks of gulls, robins, crows, and sparrows join each other. This is really weird because different species of birds never work together. The story and the film both have the same climate. It is cold and chilly; “the ground is frozen and it will be a black winter.” The climate gives the versions of the story a creepy and suspenseful feeling.
     Each version also has the main characters boarding up…show more content…

Is Melanie or the lovebirds really evil in the film, or in the story is it just the black winter and the tides?
     The short story and the film have differences too but none of these differences really affected the main plot. The short story’s setting is placed just south of London, England right after World War II. The films setting is in Bodega Bay just a little ways away from San Francisco and takes place in the 1960’s. In the film a mad woman accused Melanie of bringing “evil” and causing the attacking of the birds. In the story birds attacked when the tide came in and in the film the birds attack at different times, over and over.
     The characters are totally different in the two versions. The short story’s main characters are a family; a husband, a wife, and two children. The film’s characters are a woman and a man, and the man’s mother and younger sister.
     In the film, it shows more of the school and the children then it does in the short story. The radio is also more involved in the short story then it is in the film.
     More events happen in the film, such as the fire at the gas station and the restaurant. The film shows more details then the short story and helps you visualize the attacks more.
     There is no real ending to the

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A compare and contrast essays are ones where you explain the similarities and the differences between two aspects. You are expected to make new comparisons that could lead to new ideas that connect and create disparity between the two. Here are some topics that you may consider, which have been explained brief for your ease of understanding;

Fruits vs. Vegetables

Give similarities between the fruits and vegetables such as,

  • Edible and natural.
  • Low in fat.
  • Low in calories

Give differences, between them,

  • Fruits must contain seeds, but vegetables do not contain seeds.
  • Fruits are mostly sweet while vegetables are not sweet or subtly sweet.
  • Dogs vs. Cats
  • Give similarities between the two animals such as,

    • Both are animals and are mammals.
    • Carnivore.

    Give differences such as,

    • Cats have a hunting ability while, dogs have a weaker instinct to hunt, due to their domestication.
    • Cats have a life expectancy 12 – 25 years while dogs have a life expectancy of 7 – 20 years.
    3. Mammals vs. Reptiles

    Give similarities between the two, such as,

    • Both give birth.
    • Both breathe through the lungs.
    • Both have good survival skills.

    Give differences between the two, such as,

    • Mammals are warm-blooded while reptiles are cold blooded.
    • Mammals give birth to a live young while reptiles are mostly egg laying creatures.
  • Crocodile vs. Alligators
  • Give similarities between the two such as,

    • Both eat amphibians and fish.
    • Both have special saliva in its mouth.
    • Give differences between the two, such as,

    • Alligators have a bottom jaw that is more forward and above the upper jaw while crocodiles have it about the same.
    • Most crocs are bigger than alligators.
  • Bats vs. birds
  • Give similarities between the two such as,

    • Both eat fruit, nectar, and seeds.
    • They are around the same size.
    • Both live in a tree.

    Give differences such as,

    • Bats are mammals while birds are birds.
    • Bats give birth while birds lay eggs.
    • Bats have fur while birds have feathers.
    • Bats are nocturnal, whereas only some birds are.

    Here are a few more ideas for you to consider:

  • Ovens vs. microwaves
  • Chinese vs. Japanese
  • Airplanes vs. Helicopters
  • Paper vs. Plastic
  • Baseball vs. Cricket
  • Dried fruit vs. Fresh fruit
  • Books vs. Movies
  • Fiction vs. Nonfiction
  • Recycling vs. Landfills
  • Lion vs. Tiger
  • With the examples I have given above, you can understand how this type of essay works, and how to create your own essay. Consider these topic suggestions or use them to spark your own imagination.

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