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The Function of Music in Norwegian Wood, from page to screen
Haruki Murakami published Norwegian Wood in 1987; Tran Ahn Hung adapted the novel to film in 2010. This essay investigates the function of music in the novel and compares it with the function of music in the film adaptation. To support my thesis I have provided some background theory on adaptation of music from novel to film and investigated the use of music in other novels by Murakami and in other films by Hung.
The main body of the essay consists of a detailed analysis of the music in the novel and the way it is used to provide deeper insight into the emotions and psychology of some of the main characters. This is achieved by analysing the underlying meaning of the songs and lyrics.
A contrast is drawn between the use of music in the novel and the score of the film. Music in the film is not part of any diachronic reference system as it is in the novel. Instead, it is mainly used to add emotional depth to certain scenes and enhance the general atmosphere of the film. Although certain songs in the film are associated with characters and themes, they serve a very different function and one that is not synonymous with Murakami’s novel.
The essay concludes with an independent comparison between the music in the novel and the score of the film to determine what is lost in the adaptation process.