12 Years a Slave - Blog Post #5


12 Years a Slave is based off of the real-life account of Solomon Northup, but how much of it is actually true?  Click here. to read Sandy Schaefer's ScreenRant article "'12 Years a Slave': The Movie vs. The True Story" then write a response.  Your response should focus on whether you agree or disagree with Schaefer's opinion of the adaptation the book to film.  Your response should be at least one 5-sentence paragraph that goes beyond the thesis of agreement or disagreement to the  reasons behind the thesis.

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Mr. Scheuer
Modern Fiction - Hour 1 (your choices: 1, 7, or 8)
16 March 2017

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  1. Chris Means
    Mr.Scheuer
    Mod Fic-Hr6
    3/8/17


    I think the director of this film did an excellent job whether he added information or not. there were some key elements that he probably should've added but then it wouldn't get the right picture across that his time as a slave was very hard and uncomfortable. I think he would've had a hard time doing a literal adaption from the book but that could make you view his account differently then it had happened. I thought the movie was excellent and and was pretty accurate from the book.

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  2. Antonio Rose
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction
    3/11/17

    In the article I disagree with Schaefer's opinion. Why because some parts of the movie is not over exaggerated and did not really happen based on the memoir. Also some scenes from the movie does show how slaves were treated. Secondly I agree on how Schaefer says the movie doesn't show the atrocities but, it does show a good enough picture. Lastly I think the movie did a good job overall with showing what slaves had to go through.

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  3. Christine Wilcox
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction – 6th hour
    12 March 2017
    While I understand Schaefer’s disputes against the film, I still think that it does a good job when portraying slavery. McQueen’s adaptation sought to portray the darker side of slavery, and then changed some things from the book in order to display this. One of Schaefer’s disputes with the film is that it did not show all of the work that Henry B. Northup went through in order to procure Solomon’s freedom. Showing this in the film, however, would have abruptly changed the plot which generally followed Solomon’s personal story. It is only natural for different parts of a book to not be included for the sake of time and keeping the plot moving along. Overall, the film was intended to show the horrors of slavery, and it succeeded.

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  4. Akeia Ohkhuare
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-Hour 6
    March 13,2017
    I somewhat agree with his ideas and points he was making but somewhat don't. I think that some ideas were good points and were very valid and others not so much. I think some points were said just to put in doubt. Reading the article i still think the director did a really good job with 12 years a slave. I also think his article was very bias and one sided. He was very shady with his comments.

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  5. Hanna Fahl
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction- hour 6
    13 March 2017

    I agree that they overindulged and dramatized. I also believe that it was a smart thing to do. I'm sure that in other areas, slaves were being treated even worse than what the movie portrayed. Sure, solomons circumstances weren't the same but the whole idea was to show what slavery and captivity in general was like. I think it was a good move to embellish. The movie definitely deserves a lot of awards. It was touching, educational, and luring. The adaptation of the book to the movie was justifiable from either end of the spectrum.

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  6. Darien Games
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 6
    15 March 2017

    I agree and disagree with what Sandy Schaefer had to say about 12 Years a Slave and it's faithfulness to the original memoir written by Solomon Northup. I agree that he should've included and kept some of the details to the stories that showed how slavery really was. In the movie adaption they showed Ford as someone who saved him from Tibeats but in reality Ford loaned Solomon to Tibeats and saved just because Solomon was still his slave. Also, its states Mr. Epps actually like how hard he worked and Mrs. Epps actually started to have a good relationship with Solomon since he ran her errands multiple times. These two things are never shown on the movie. On the movie it just seems as if Epps didn't like him at all and Mrs. Epps just thought of him as another slave. While Sandy does have some good points here, I feel as if some of things that McQueen added was actually good because some people really don't know how brutal and inhumane slavery actually was. I don't have a problem with him adding this because I think everyone should realize the evil and wickedness that was slavery.

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  7. Ebony Perry
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 8th hour
    16 March 2017

    I disagree with what he was saying. I do believe that things in the movie were true for what really happened. The movie was so detailed to the littlest thing so making those things up don’t sound right. I believe that they might have left things out because movies and books are usually never exactly the same. But, I don’t believe that they over exaggerated anything. Well maybe a little with the beating with Patsy but we would never really know. Overall though I think the movie was showing the right things that actually happened during slavery.

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  8. isaiah owens
    modern fiction
    8th hour

    I disagree with schaefers opinion because nobody can actually turn a book which is very good and detailed into a the perfect replica of the book. they had to change some of the characters in the movie to make it more interesting.If they stayed how they actually are from the book they would not be very interesting charecters. the movie needed the antagonist(master) to be crazy and dillusional.

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  9. Ben Forke
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 8
    16 March 2017

    I disagree because the changes made to the film were made for good reasons. First the changes made with the issue of who owned Solomon at the time were made so that the audience could not get confused. If they tried to explain who owned him and why he couldn't do anything because of a debt, it would take too long for what it would be worth. the other changes made were to help the audience understand the gruesome and terrible conditions slaves were in and the mental, physical and emotional toll it took on them. Everything may not have match up perfectly with the account they used to make this adaptation, but the things they change weren't necessarily untruthful. They change it in a way to expand the film to other ways the slaves were treated and how that treatment affected them.

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  10. Patty Noggle
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 6
    16 March 2017

    First of all I would like to say that watching 12 years a slave was a very moving movie. I had heard of it, but never saw it until we did in this class. The movie vs. the true story makes me also look at it from a wider point of view because it explains things that weren't in the movie. I have to say I do agree the film was well made, but out of all of the differences between the two, there is one particular thing that bugs me the most. The movie shows a man who is kind of in charge of finding free men and bringing them home as being the rescuer of Solomon. I found out by reading the article that that was really not the case in the true story and it really kind of bothered me. The fact that in the movie Solomon was constantly trying to get a letter to someone to find him and that it was just a random man who didn't really know him, but rather was just doing his job bothered me. The true story stated that the man contacted by Bass (Brad Pitt) was not only someone known by the family, but a LAWYER at that! Quoted from the article :“relative of the family in which my forefathers were thus held to service, and from which they took the name I bear.” I feel as though that was a more heart felt ending to the story than the movie portrayed. However it is really fascinating how directors can create their own version of events. Their talent truly amazes me and even though I would change some things about how they created it, I do think they did a great job on creating 12 Years A Slave. I wish that that would have never been a reality, but sadly it was. I am glad that they were able to show us through a film, so that we would have a wider perception of history. All in all I was grateful for the chance to gain further knowledge of history through this film.

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  11. Liann Bade
    Mr Scheuer
    Modern Fiction hour 8
    16 March 2017
    I agree with his opinion. Solomon could have been kept a slave longer than he should have been. He was telling his story from freedom to slavery to freedom again.

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  12. Hunter Sadler
    Mr.Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 8
    16 March 2017

    As explained in the article linked there are some differences in the film and Solomon Northup's actual diary. I can see the positives of changing the story a bit for the big screen. The changes could make it more exciting or emphasize a point more. However, I feel that this category of movie should be more of a literal adaptation. If the director really wanted to convey the life of a slave in America, I feel they should have kept it as real as possible.

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  13. Benjamin Ewert
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction – 6th hour
    16 March 2017
    I would have to agree with Schaefer’s opinion due to the amount of differences between the book and the film, but it does not stop there. The film has many scenes that show the truth of slavery, but they are not expanded upon as well as the book does. I believe that this keeps the audience from seeing the entire truth, which also keeps the audience from learning anything real about slavery. 12 Years A Slave(film) has just enough information that keeps the audience wanting more, but it ends up showing harsher scenes than what Solomon went through in the book. Schaefer’s opinion has a good amount of reasoning to it, which is also why I agree with him on the film almost overdoing the slavery scenes.

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  14. Brunson Parish
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 6
    16 March 2017

    I somewhat agree and disagree with this opinion in my eyes. I believe it should have a little more of how the slave system worked or came to be. On the other hand, this more about one slaves experience during this time. It being his experience or an adaption of it, it would focus less on just general slavery but more on his experiences. I do see the point of the opinion though.

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  15. Tim Schultz
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 8

    I qualify with Schaefer. I agree with her in that important details were left out of the film. For instance, the scene of the hanging and the dramatics of it were all for the screen. In real life, Solomon did not choke like that and was only bound. I disagree with her when she calls it "torture porn." I believe that statement is over the top. I could understand how some individuals may not be able to stomach the slave scenes in the movie, but it exposed slavery as a greedy and violent sustained operation. I also understand how some could be offended by the movie. It is important that we cannot forget what happened in slavery so it does not happen again.

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  16. christian lubke
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-Hour 8
    18 March 2017

    12 Years a Slave was a good movie, and thought that it showed what slavery was actually like back at that time. I am sure some of the movie was dramatic compared to Solomon's actual account of his experience. All in all, it was a movie that showed emotion.

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  17. Thomas Gillis
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 8th hour
    18 March 2017
    On some accounts, I agree with Mr. Schaefer's sentiments about 12 Years a Slave, but overall I disagree. I do agree that the movie at parts over indulged itself on the suffering of Solomon during his journey, rather than focusing on some of the legal obstacles that sat in Solomon's way. However, I think Mcqueen did a very good job as director at setting up scenes that depict a wide view of the inhumanity of slavery. I'm sure that Mcqueen left out major parts of of Solomon Northup's memoirs that would have been proper to include in order to fully depict the tragedy of Solomon's detainment. However, because space was limited, Mcqueen did a fine job of converting Solomon Northup's 12 Years a SLave into a film.

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  18. Theodore Lontkowski
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - Hour 8
    16 March 2017

    I agree with the adaptation of the film compared to the differences in the book. The things Soloman had to go where no less hard than a little extra thrown in to show more hardship and pain. The pain that they experienced in the movie was greater or equal to what really happened which doesn’t mean the big of a deal. Also making Mr. Epps seem more delusional than he really was was a good idea because it showed that any many who thinks slavery is ok is bad and not good. This adaptations only led to a better film and more emphasis on how bad slavery is.

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  19. Chandler Grant
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-Hour 8
    3 March 2017

    In this article, I would have to agree with Schaefer's opinion. There was so much more to this historical story than the constant and sometimes over exaggerated brutality that was portrayed in the movie. In the story, Solomon saw Mr. Ford as "a good man and christian". The movie portrayed Mr. Ford as a man who cared, but not that much(in my opinion). Also, in the story, Solomon encountered a sailor who helped him get an early letter to his friends in the north, as opposed to the movie, where the letter wasn't sent until the near end of the movie. I understand time/money-wise the movie couldn't have added more, but it would have made so much more likable.

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  20. Aliyah salinas

    Mr. scheure

    Modern Fiction 8th hour

    I personally believe that they gave a pretty good image and description on how slavery went. We can't really say if it was true or not how that went because we weren't alive during that period of time. So overall i disagree with what he is saying.

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  21. Ellie Goodman
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction-Hour 6
    19 March 2017

    When watching the movie 12 years a slave... I believe everything that Solomon went through. It was really hard watching what happened though. He went through, pain, brutality, attempted death, whippings and so much more. I don't believe the movie exaggerated. Everything they showed in the movie I thought was true with nothing not to believe.

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  22. Nick Monsoor
    Mr. Scheuer
    Modern Fiction - 8th Hour
    April 19th, 2017
    I agree with his statements that the movie is not 100% accurate on what actually happened to Solomon, but I think it is still a very good adaptation. First, film makers need to change stories a little bit to enhance the movie. The idea that Solomon's master saved him from getting abused is a lot better than what actually happened. It makes the movie more interesting to watch. Some may see this as the movie being misleading and not showing the true horrors of slavery, but I feel like all movie directors do this when making films based off true stories. The vast majority of the film seemed to be on par with the real life accounts of Solomon's journey through slavery. Overall, I think McQueen did an excellent job adapting Solomon's book into a historically accurate film. No major details were changed, and all changes were made to evolve the film.

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  23. Joseph Bradford
    Mr. Schuere
    modern fiction 6th
    4 27 17
    I agree with the adaptation of the film compared to the differences in the book. The things Soloman had to go where no less hard than a little extra thrown in to show more hardship and pain. There was so much more to this historical story than the constant and sometimes over exaggerated brutality that was portrayed in the movie. I believe it should have a little more of how the slave system worked or came to be.

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  24. Mya Harris
    Mr . Scheuer
    Modern Fiction 6th hour
    1 May 2017

    understand Schaefer’s disagreements against the film,but I still think that it does a good job when portraying slavery. McQueen’s adaptation sought to portray the darker side of slavery, and didn't even show it all. He drifted away from the memoir a bit but still made a great movie to portray the cruelty of slavery

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  25. murajah jackson
    mr schuer
    modern fiction 6th
    2 may 2017
    I think that 12 years a slave was a great movie but some parts of it could have been exaggerated for the big screen. Overall i think it describes slavery very well. Some of it may not have been true to Solomon's story but it speaks out to a lot of slaves at the time.

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  26. Syanne Garrett
    Mr Schuer
    Modern fiction 8th hour
    23 May 2017
    I disagree with the directors opinions. 12 years a Slave is a great movie which makes it easier to watch, it speaks about the old times while having a good quality camera , make the scenes look nice. There were many boring parts in this film but it still had the good parts that make you forget about some of the boring parts. No major details were made but I think there can be, if he eliminates the boring parts

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