|Plot Summary of Jaws|
|"Unique in its style and plot, Jaws did not become a
classic without reason. This is one of the best books
ever written. One that every reader ought to put their
hands on. And simply enjoy!"
Marco Aurelio, Resident Scholar
|"You've seen the film, you've experienced the gut-wrenching bass line and tasted the suspense. The film is way better than the book, which is really rather predictable and pedestrian. 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. Amity must have the three month summer vacation trade to exist on, to take them through the rest of the year, but the shark is killing the trade, not just the swimmers. They need a hero - but is the police chief up to it? The book does not end like the film, so you might read it for that. But this time it is 'Art of Film 1, Literature 0'."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|"When a great white shark moves close to the shores of a close-knit tourist island, the local Sheriff must stand alone against the monster to save the lives of swimmers and loved ones. The local council refuses to acknowledge the existence of any kind of threat in worry that the town with suffer a decline in its tourist industry on which it depends to survive. Sheriff Brody must form an unlikely partnership with Hooper, a rich-kid marine biologist, and Quint, a battered and insane fisherman to fight the monster which continues to feed. Meanwhile, Hooper and Brody's wife, Ellen, are growing a little too close. All this fuels the fire of the central character's mutual loathing which they must try to ignore to try andwork together."
Oliver Bayley, Resident Scholar
|"Jaws is the story of a Killer Shark staking a claim off Amity Island.
The island is filled with small town people and a mayor who wants to keep a lid on things to keep the tourists coming. Brody, the chief of police, is doing his best to get to the bottom of the shark attacks, warn people in town, and stop the shark from killing.
Along the way Brody teams up with Hooper, a handsome and smug Marine Biologist, whose trying to understand the shark's pattern. He's also having an affair with Brody's wife. Brody's wife loves Brody very much and the affair is brief, sexual, and more curious than anything else.
Brody has to endure the pressures of small town politics and deal with the real threat of the deadly shark. He also has a fear of the ocean. Brody later joins Hooper and Captain Quint, an experienced and obsessed shark hunter, on a deadly journey to try to track and kill the Great White shark.
Darren DeBari, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Jaws|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- wet animal attack!
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
Monster of some sort?
Kind of monster:
- general monster
- sail boat
- swimming on
- scuba under
- feeding sharks
- on vacation
- Atlantic Ocean Island
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
How many deaths?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- touching of anatomy
- descript. of breasts
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog