1. “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham contains themes such as death and beauty. Death can be noted many times in the very beginning of the story such as the author’s choice of words as he describes the dead television. He mentions Clarissa walking over dead bodies, drug dealers killing people; Walter is alive so he should be invited to the party (opposite of death) and the sea turtle’s death. Beauty is talked about in the sense where Clarissa finds a June morning so incredibly beautiful and her trying to appreciate the beauty in life and in herself.
  2. “The Hours” directed by Stephen Daldry contains themes of a false concepts of love and anything ordinary. Many of the main characters have a skewed concept of love. Laura thinks that the only way to tell her husband she loves him is to make him a perfect cake. Richard thinks that because he loves Clarissa so much killing himself will allow her to live her life for her and not him. And Virginia thinks that killing herself will allow her husband to be free and do the things he wants to like work because she feels like a burden. In the film anything ordinary seems repulsive to the main characters. Virginia feels that eating is too boring and the sound of eggs cracking is like nails on a chalkboard. Clarissa somewhat does not live her life because it is too mundane instead she lives it for someone else (Richard) in a sense. And Laura feels that death and disappearing are her only two options because being a homemaker is just too much to handle.
  3. An issue or problem in converting the book into film is the fact that the book has three different storylines so connecting all of them and getting the story to flow seems challenging. Three different narrative voices are also hard to distinguish in a film as well. Transforming the novel in a television show might be difficult because the novel is a very serious drama. Cutting the story off in order to go to commercial and to wait to the next episode (next week) will be hard for viewers and can result in a lost of interest.
  4. http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780312243029                                                     This source describes the novel with information such as publication date, description of the book, and information about the author and praises from different reviews and magazines. It even contains some critical reading questions.                                                                                                                           http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/the-hours/;_ylt=ArC1upsXtkPg4U9kZN4aNfHzsJwF;_ylu=X3oDMTIwNmJ1cGRnBG1pdANNb3ZpZSBIZWFkZXIEcG9zAzMEc2VjA01lZGlhRW50aXR5SGVhZGVyTGlua3NQYWNrYWdlQXNzZW1ibHk-;_ylg=X3oDMTE2Z2ppM3RwBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdAMEcHQD;_ylv=3

This source contains information of the film such as fan reviews, cast and crew information and pictures, and a synopsis.

http://www.online-literature.com/virginia_woolf/

This is a lengthy biography of Virginia Woolf that contains details about the literature she wrote and the depression that she suffered from.

http://litmed.med.nyu.edu/Annotation?action=view&annid=1514

This source is an analysis of the novel from a nyu student. This source is important in understanding the novel and film because it gives a detailed description of the book that explains the important parts well. And it also points out aspects that I didn’t catch before such as the reoccurring yellow roses (Laura’s on the birthday cake, Virginia’s around the dead bird and Clarissa’s from the party). Even though this is a small detail it helps readers see another way in which the novel/film is so neatly sown together. The commentary from this author really gets people thinking about the main themes in the book.

5. Q: What does the title of the film, The Hours, refer to? What is its significance and what theme or themes does it suggests?

A: The title of the film helps reinforce the themes of death and beauty. “The Hours” refers to the statement Richard made about having to face the hours before and after the party. The hours signify every minute and every second of life, time passing by with or without you present in every single moment. The title reinforces the theme of death by saying that every moment of every day is simply a countdown to death and when one does not want to live the hours feel like death. On the other hand there can be beauty in the hours; every single second one can find something beautiful and be thankful for it. Much like Clarissa who was so incredibly happy at the beginning of the movie when she was buying flowers, viewers know that she was soaking up every second and finding beauty in every minute. 

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