The film ‘Meet Joe Black’ is about a rich man who is trying to negotiate about his own death. It is a film that depicts a woman who falls in love with the concept of death. The main actor, Brad Pitt depicts the main meditation about death on the screen presence. Additionally, there are various themes that are presented in the film apart from the meditation of death. These other themes include sibling rivalry and corporate takeover. The intertwining of these various themes makes the movie both interesting and astonishing in the way that the public views it. In the book thief, the main character, lease reminder is taken by train by their mother to live with a foster family in a Nazi regime. In the movie, ‘Death’ has been used as the narrator of the different occurrences in the film. License knew from the start that there was value in her and that she would in no time be in a position to move away from her predicament. It is death that narrates Werner dies abruptly and she is forced to alight from the train to bury her mother. On this instance, Liesel steals a book from one of the gravediggers, and they continue their journey. Liesel is brought up by her foster parents. She initially does not like her foster parents. However, this changes after she is taught to make rolls of cigarettes. The soul of her dead brother keeps haunting her over time. Liesel steals books from anyone as she thinks that the books could provide knowledge for her to conquer death. In the two movies, there are different concepts of death and the manner that they are portrayed are different.
There are different contrasts and similarities in the two films. One of the major similarities in the two books is the power of words that the characters have. In the two movies, the words that the character use depict that people can connect in different ways with one another. When one learns to use different words to depict different meanings, there is a deep bond that is created between the speakers of that words. One can use the different words to create refuge almost themselves in the situations that they find themselves in. in the book thief, Liesel uses the different words to calm her worrying friends. When she reads the books to some of friends, and close allies, but after sometimes, she realizes that the power of the words that she reads to her audience establishes some emotional connection to the much dreaded death. It is only over death that she is able to create a connection between her and her audience. In the film, ‘Meet Joe Black’, the instance of death is imminent. However, the circumstances in this instance are different in that the main character, Brad Pitt, acts the role of death, and there is no perception of death.
The other similarity in the two movies is how the movies have used narration. In both movies, it is death that narrates the stories of the main characters. In this way, the viewers of the movies are in a position to comprehend the different historical facts that are occurring at the time. In the book thief, the use of death as the narrator depicts the different atrocities that occur during times of war. The information that death have is the same information that different individuals have based on their experiences in real life.
The third similarity in the two movies is that death has got fatigued over time doing its job. In the book of death, it is evident that Death does not take any vacations, save time or take holidays. Most of the people loath him. Death does not even take the notion of introducing oneself to its victims as they will be well aware of him when the time comes due to the various nature that he takes. The fact that Death feels a notion of self-defiance due to the various accounts of the erroneous and false perceptions that people have of death as depicted in the two movies show that being death, one is extremely tired of their work over time. In Meet Joe Black, death takes on the body of another individual so that he can see why people have certain perceptions of him. There are no different options that they have. Diverse characters have different dispositions. Whether in real life or in an imagined movie, all individuals have their own emotional state, personalities or emotions. All charismas from The Book Thief are believable since they all have sensations, and that is why they should be well-thought-out as believable characters because sentiments and feelings are what make those characters realistic.
Death is a recurrent subject in art and culture, which is hardly astonishing since it is one of the great inevitabilities of life in this sad and fallen world. Every world and life interpretation must speech the topic, since no belief is convincing if it cannot give some response to the query of what is on the supplementary side of the grave, and what our sorrow means in the final scheme of things. Though death is often portrayed gratuitously in movies, infrequently films raise the issue seriously by attractive replication on what death means, and thus on the connotation of life which must be lived out moment by instant in the shadow of death. Such movies can be doubly accommodating to believers. They first grant a window of thoughtful into how our philosophy tends to comprehend death, and they also provide a point of contact to begin a conversation about a topic most people would naturally tend to avoid.
In conclusion, the two movies personify death in different ways. The perception of death is that it is boring with its job, but it does not have any other alternative but to perform its duties. In the movie Meet Joe Black, the main character decided to take on the body of a human being so that it could feel what other people feel during the time of death. Additionally, death has some compassion in that it allows Hopkins to live a little bit longer. This is an option that could not have been foreseen had death remained in its original form. In the Book thief, death is personified in the actions that individuals take upon themselves in times of adversity. Additionally, the different choices that the main characters in the movies portray depict the different instances in which people view death. However, if human beings had different levels of compassion towards one another, then there might be a cause for the reduction of deaths.
Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. London: Definitions, 2008. Print.
Black, Martha J, and Chuck Schoffner. Joe Black: More Than a Dodger. , 2015. Print.