Date of Award

12-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Pearl McHaney - Chair

Second Advisor

Nancy Chase

Third Advisor

Calvin Thomas

Abstract

Film adaptations are becoming more popular and past critics and scholars have discussed films based on dramas and novels. However, few have explored the children’s literature genre. In discussing such a topic, it takes more than just debating whether the novel or book is better. A discussion on what elements have been maintained, removed, or added in such an adaptation has to be made along with its success or failure. With this in mind, Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and its two film adaptations will be explored along with an analysis of film adaptation theory to show that the first version of the novel succeeds and the second one fails.

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