The stories both start of similar. You have 2 guys that had a bad childhood and were not loved by anyone and then they both decide to become someone else. They have some commonalities, they both do not seem mentally healthy, and they both manage to trick the mother into believing their lie. But also there are some main differences. First of all Frederic Bourdin is a serial imposter, who works completely for himself, and has no real reason for all this imposting. He says that the reason behind that is the lack of love that he received in his childhood, and wants to get it back by pretending to be someone else, to be “reborn” and start a new life. Tom Castro seems just a little dumb, but not completely insane. Also he has a partner, whose whole idea this is and who lures him into this change of personality. He wanted to be loved too, but also the family was really rich, and gave out a big reward for finding him. In both stories they have little to no similarities with the people that they are imposting, but nonetheless everything goes well at first. Then people become suspicious and they start researching and asking questions. And then, at the end, they both get discovered and receive a punishment.
“The Improbable Impostor” and “The Impostor” have many similarities throughout their stories. In regards to both tale’s basic structure and plot: they both involve a man pretending to be someone who in reality is dead in order to trick that person’s Mother for some sort of personal gain. While the family is fooled (or “fooled”) others begin to see through the impostor and eventually take him down.
While the plots are very similar, little details seem to also seem to match up. Both impostors have well thought out plans about their every action. They use similar strategies such as vagueness in life stories or well executed excuses in order to cover up unknown information. They both looked nothing like the people they ended up impersonating and relied on that fact to make it more believable in some ways. In reality, both men looked, sounded, and were nothing like the impersonated, yet managed through cunning and luck to leave the world fooled for awhile. Neither impostor was able to make it last forever though when they each made a fatal blunder. One lost the brains of the operation and the other went on national TV. This allowed the revealers to come into the story and reveal who the fakes really were. While there are details that may be different such as “The Improbable Impostor” being a two man operation and “The Impostor” possibly involving a murder, the stories have an immense amount of similarities.
There are many differences between Frédéric Bourdin and Tom Castro. While they were both pretending to be missing children and faking it to the family, Frédéric was an adult pretending to be a child while Tom Castro was pretending to be a different adult. When confronting the families Frédéric tried to make himself into Nicholas Barclay by dying his hair, and getting tattoos, and he would speak quietly. But Tom Castro (or in this case Bogle) fed off the differences, he knew that if he tried to look like Roger then the family would be able to tell that he was trying to hard and he would be discovered, so he just gave vague stories and used the fact that it could have happened to anyone to his advantage. But the biggest difference between the two was that Tom was just the one pretending to be Roger, he had an accomplice who was the brains behind the crime, and we do not know his reasons for impersonating Roger. But Frédéric was alone and had to think for himself, it was about finding a home, and getting his childhood back, this was not the first time that he had impersonated someone, he had pretended to be different children for many years.
I only read half of the story so I will write what I discovered. This story and this movie are both talking about the experience of an impostor. The common thing is that these two impostors were both pretending to be the sons that had been missing for a long time. And also, the family that they imposed believed in them immediately. However, there is still something that is different between these two impostors. Tom Castro, the impostor in the story, was under the help of his friend, and they actually made a plan for it. They planed detailedly to impose that family for some certain purposes. Unlike Tom, the impostor in the movie, Frederic Bourdin, made this impose because he wanted to be loved by a true family. Meanwhile, Bourdin did not plan for this whole thing; with his ability of leading things go to the direction he wanted, he wisely used the sources in the police office and successfully stole one identity. He came up with ideas after things happened instead of making a plan before. He was very calm and smart of knowing what to do next after things happened.
The broth stories are talking about a man to pretend the dead son or the missing son of the family. The imposters are all use the family didn’t see them children for a long time that children probably change their looking when they are left home. The impostors use the emotion of mother that very misses her son to fraud, to make the mother and the other family member to believe they are the children in the family. The most different between the movie and the story is in the movie the impostor finished all the things by himself and in the story the impostor is work in a team, he have someone helping he in the back. The impostor in the story is look kind of stupid, but he did the great job that make all the people believe him is the dead son. And the impostor in the movie is looking smart because he do all the things by himself. But he did do the good job on it; he did show his confident on it. Even he thinks he can’t be the missing son. I think the reason to make him success is because of the sister and the mother is believed he is their child. They want he to be their child.
Arthur Orton and Frédéic Bourdin were both unreasonably successful impostors. For some reason, the immediate families of the “victims” were willing to overlook extreme differences in the appearance between the impersonated and impostors. The families, who were victims themselves, disregarded different eye colors, weight, and even the fact that neither impostor could speak the mother tongue of the language of the person they claimed to be. Outside of this small circle of believers, many doubted the identity Orton and Bourdin. In both cases, some people believed such obvious differences between the impostor and impersonated could be explained by the passage of time, and the perception that a true impostor would try much harder to assume the exact identity of their victim. For a while, no one was willing to contradict the mothers, who should have been the ultimate judge of wether or not the impostors were genuine. In the end of both cases, it was ultimately left up to chance to unveil the impostors’ plots. Had neither an old lover nor an investigator had entered the picture, the impostors might have had a much better chance at success.
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