Rachele ConnorBlock 3Mrs.Kittredge 1/22/17Tuck Everlasting EssayEverlasting? That is what the Tucks were. In the novel, Natalie Babbitt has a 10 year old rich girl who wants to have some freedom, so she went to the woods behind her house. In the woods, she found Jesse drinking out of the spring that supposedly make people be everlasting. After finding Jesse, she meets his family. Who turns out to be the Tucks. Being with the Tucks made her learn about the meaning of death and the circle of life. In the film, Jay Russell tries to recreate this amazing story through his eyes. In the novel and the film Natalie Babbitt and Jay Russell portrayed the same story, but they both had similarities and differences to one another. There are several similarities and differences in regards to the plot in Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting compared to Russell’s. For example, in Babbitt’s version, Winnie finds Jesse by the spring and then Jesse takes Winnie to Mae and Miles. When Mae, Miles,Jesse, and Winnie go on the horse ride they tell their secret.”When they came to the part that was now the wood, and turned from the trailto find a camping place, they happened on the spring. “It was real nice,” said Jesse with a sigh. “It looked just the way it does now. A clearing, lots of sunshine, that big tree with all those knobby roots. We stopped and everyone took a drink, even the horse.””No,” said Mae, “the cat didn’t drink. That’s important.””Yes,” said Miles, “don’t leave that out. We all had a drink, except for the cat.”(Babbit 37-38)This example shows that Mae, Miles and Jesse all trusted Winnie to keep this secret to herself and not tell anyone. On the other hand, in Russel’s version of Tuck Everlasting, the Tucks told Winnie there secret much later in the film. The most significant example of this is when Jesse told Winnie Tuck’s secret at the fire. Miles was spying on Jesse and Winnie so Jesse would not tell their secret. But he told Winnie the Tucks secret. This is significant because in the film Russell builds suspense for the audience by asking a question to ourself, when is the Tucks going to tell Winnie their secret? Even though Russell recreates the same story, he makes changes to the way Babbit portrayed her original plot. There are several similarities and differences in regards to the characterization in Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting compared to Russell’s film. For example, in Babbitt’s version, Winnie, the protagonist, is a 10 year old girl who wants to have some freedom but does not have the nerve, but then one day she said to a frog that she is going to run away. So The next day she ran away and she met Jesse who was 17 years old when he drank the water but in real life he is 104 years old. Babbitt did this to make the romance between jesse and Winnie strange.”How old are you, anyway?” she asked, squinting at him.There was a pause. At last he said, “Why do you want to know?””I just wondered,” said Winnie.”All right. I’m one hundred and four years old,” he told her solemnly.”No, I mean really,” she persisted.”Well then,” he said, “if you must know, I’m seventeen.””Seventeen?””That’s right.””Oh,” said Winnie hopelessly. “Seventeen. That’s old.””You have no idea,” he agreed with a nod.Winnie had the feeling he was laughing at her, but decided it was a nice kind of laughing. “Are you married?”she asked next.This time he laughed out loud. “No, I’m not married. Are you?”Now it was Winnie’s turn to laugh. “Of course not,” she said. “I’m only ten. But I’ll be eleven pretty soon.”(Babbitt 28). This demonstrates the difference between Jesse and Winnie’s relationship because of their age makes it awkward. Also, Winnie has a crush on Jesse so she finds it tricky to start a conversation. On the other hand, in Russel’s version of Tuck Everlasting, Winnie is portrayed as a 15 year old girl to make the relationship is less weird.Winnie found Jesse drinking the spring. She asked how old he was and he says 104 years old but then he said 17 years old. The reason why Winnie is 15 is because she looks older than 10 years old. Winnie also did not act like a 10 year old she was more mature. This serves as a contrast to the way Winnie was originally portrayed in Babbitt’s storyEven though Russell recreates the same story, he makes a drastic change to the way Babbit portrayed her original protagonist. There are several similarities and differences in regards to the setting in Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting compared to Russel’s. For example, in Babbitt’s version, Winnie’s house is big, fancy, and clean inside.”Roots—was owned bud and bough by the Fosters in the touch-me-not cottage”(Babbitt’s 7).This is significant because in this setting they did this to see the how they lived. On the other hand, in Russel’s version of Tuck Everlasting, the Tuck’s house is messy and small. The Tuck’s house has things scattered every like the Tuck’s rifle is in the kitchen. The difference between the two Tuck Everlasting, in the setting is that they come from different life styles and they dress differently too. Even though Russell recreates the same story, he makes a drastic change to the way Babbit portrayed her original setting. In conclusion, when it comes to interpreting the same story, Babbit and Russell make many similarities and differences to the story. When Jay Russell recreated Natalie Babbitt in Tuck Everlasting, this was no assumption. Although Russell decides to keep many of the key moments of Babbitt’s plot, setting, and characterization, he also made many clever choices to these elements in order to build the story. Winnie’s character was a strong example of this; by portraying Winnie as an older and mature teenager, it not only made her character capable but also changed the entire style of the film. Instead of the Tucks telling Winnie in the beginning of the novel, Jay Russell imagines that the Tucks telling Winnie later in the film their secret. Also having Winnie’s house being bigger than the Tuck’s house, it views that the two families have a different life style. Now would you still like to be everlasting?