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A summary of the novel jaws by peter benchley

Jaws Summary

Growing up in the landlocked Midwest I prefer to be able to see the bottom of whatever body of water I happen to be in whether it be the lakebed, seabed, ocean floor, or bathtub floor.

Let's just say the chances of me ever being eaten by a shark is almost statistically impossible. I like it that way. In particular the 4th of July weekend is critical, a time when the town goes from 1000 people to 10,000 people practically overnight. But unfortunately something deadly, something very hungry is.

Matt Verges's version of the Jaws Poster art. There was no initial pain, only one violent tug on her right leg. She reached down to touch her foot, treading water with her left leg to keep her head up, feeling in the blackness with her left hand. She could not find her foot. She reached higher on her leg, and then she was overcome by a rush of nausea and dizziness. Her groping fingers had found a nub of bone and tattered flesh.

She knew that the warm, pulsing flow over her fingers in the chill water was her own blood. Pain and panic struck together.

The woman threw her head back and screamed a guttural cry of terror. It actually made my blood run cold and has forever confirmed me in the validity of my own personal water rules. I was surprised to discover that Peter Benchley has a literary heritage.

Jaws Summary

He also drew some material from the tragic Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916. Peter Benchley and OMG it.

Politics are at issue and the struggle between Sheriff Martin Brody and the town counsel becomes a tricky balance between commerce and public safety. If the beaches close the town dies. If the beaches are open and someone else dies.

In the book Benchley has several subplots that further explain the special interests that are controlling the decisions made by the town counsel.

These subplots were not needed in the movie version. She is dissatisfied with her life.

  1. Meanwhile, Hooper and Brody's wife, Ellen, are growing a little too close.
  2. The attack prompts the police chief, Martin Brody, to request that the beach be closed until further investigation. There was no initial pain, only one violent tug on her right leg.
  3. It actually made my blood run cold and has forever confirmed me in the validity of my own personal water rules. However, it gets some things right, and the idea of a 5,000lb eating machine cruising the beaches of Amity smallsville is a good one.

She married beneath her social set when she decided to tie herself to a police officer. She is from the country club, tennis, sailing, and spending money on frivolous bobbles class, but she misses more than the money and the clubs. She misses her people.

When Matt Hooper comes to town, tall, handsome, dressed in an Izod shirt, and fashionable bell bottoms they went a slightly different direction in the movie.

  • The beaches are still open, but now tourists come into town hoping to catch a glimpse of the killer shark;
  • Yet, the shark keeps taking the innocent and not the guilty as proven by the second victim;
  • Perhaps most notable, while the film focuses much more on the shark, the novel gives a great deal more attention to the town and people of Amity, especially how a town heavily dependent on tourism suffers given a disaster that scares away the tourists;
  • It actually made my blood run cold and has forever confirmed me in the validity of my own personal water rules.

Her infatuation with Matt creates tension between her husband and the ichthyologist. Czech Jaws Poster In desperation they finally turn to a local fisherman and shark hunter Quint. His rates are exorbitant and in the beginning he is doing it for the money, but as the fish continues to exhibit higher intelligence and even out foxes him a couple of times he becomes obsessive. Killing the Great White becomes his quest. Herman Melville please take a bow, Captain Ahab has just been reincarnated in a pop culture horror book.

It was interesting reading the book and seeing the movie in such a close time frame.

Jaws Book Summary and Study Guide

Benchley wrote the screenplay, and frankly did an excellent job cutting and slicing his book into a great movie. Many believe that the film is better than the book.

  1. Toss in some changed details about the ending, and you get a novel that is jarringly different and just as good as the film.
  2. In between, heart pounding shark action reveals the fragility of human life and the danger that lurks in all desolate sea-side beauty.
  3. He also has a fear of the ocean. As I mentioned the book has subplots not covered in the movie and knowing those subplots, I believe, actually enhanced my enjoyment of the film.
  4. His prose is masterful, especially the ones from the view of the shark, which a few exceptions aside, may be the best chapters from the eyes of a predatory animal ever written, and the novel makes several allusions and references to other literary works, especially Moby Dick.
  5. In between, heart pounding shark action reveals the fragility of human life and the danger that lurks in all desolate sea-side beauty.

It was a book that turned out to be the perfect concept for the making of an iconic film. I was also pleasantly surprised by how well the movie holds up. We still jumped when we were supposed to, and turned away when the suspense became too much. Ever since I took a book and film class in college I have loved, when possible, to read the book and then watch the movie.

I feel it completes the cycle of an idea.

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Usually the book wins, but in this case Steven Spielberg took a wonderful idea and made it better. As I mentioned the book has subplots not covered in the movie and knowing those subplots, I believe, actually enhanced my enjoyment of the film.

The very books my parents would not let me read, but now are helpless to stop me.