Introduction to Scripts.
- How did the script introduce the narrative (story), setting, time period, the characters and the genre?The Les Miserables script introduced the time period by quoting ‘The Year is 1815’. This gives an early message to the readers that the film is old and historic. Furthermore they also represent the time period by the use of the 'tall masted warships'. Thirdly, we read that they have the use of slaves, this sets the time period back in the 1800’s when slaves were used a lot. Another point is that the script mentions that the convict’s prison numbers are 'crudely stitched onto them' this shows that the film isn't modern based as most modern convict numbers are printed on. The Script introduces the narrative by using the words, "great ribs ofWarships under construction and warships being refitted' this shows that the warships were possibly used in a battle shortly before. This also comes under the time category as it sets back to the time where the French navy used old warships to battle.
Throughout the script it seems to focus on one main character, 'Jean Valjean' the convict gives the impression that he is a tough character, 'as the rain and spray and wind scream round him. A great brute of a man, he seems to feel nothing'. This suggests that Jean Valjean is a vigorous, unbreakable man; it may suggests that the man is heartless. Furthermore we get informed Jean Valjean is 'Chained by two sets of manacles' this suggest that he may be a dangerous man.
The script states, "The convicts sing in time with the rhythmic pulls on the rope" this tells the audience straight away that the film genre is a musical.