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How does the beginning of 'Of mice and men' differ from chapters one and two of the novel? Why do you think these changes have been made? How successful do you think the start of the film is?

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Introduction

How does the beginning of 'Of mice and men' differ from chapters one and two of the novel? Why do u think these changes have been made? How successful do you think the start of the film is? During this essay we will be looking at the novel of "mice and men" written by John Steinebeck, and comparing it to the film directed by Gary Sinse, who stars in it himself alongside John Malcolvich. This film was created in 1992. The novel was derived from an idea taken from the poem "to a mouse" written by Robert Burns. In the novel chapter one takes place on a riverside beach where Lennie and George arrive on their way to the ranch, just up the road, where they will work the next day. The two men decide to stay the night on this spot, and will go to the ranch in the morning. Chapter two begins with the men arriving at the ranch where they are greeted by Candy, one of the characters from the ranch, who works as the swamper. Candy shows the men to their bunkhouse, which is very basic. ...read more.

Middle

This is a new scene they have added to the beginning of the film, which wasn't in the book I think they did this to try and clearly explain why the two men are on the run and to make a dramatic start instantly grabbing the watchers eye. When they are walking to the ranch along a road the bus which they took to a nearby town drives past them which wasn't in the book as the book starts off later on, when there by the pool. These extra scenes were probably added as a new start because the start in the book is somewhat unclear. When filmmakers are making a film out of a novel they often change scenes around, put them in a different order or merge them together. This is done to shorten the film so they can use different scenes in the book and merge them together in the film saving time as the novel is much longer than the film and the film cant possibly last as long as the novel. In the film of mice and men they have tried to do this. The scene where George takes the dead mouse off Lennie and throws it away is in a different order, in the novel ...read more.

Conclusion

I consider the way that the actors portrayed the characters from the novel, interoperating the smallest details of each person to create the perfect partnership between the two men, which is apparent in the novel. I feel that the settings chosen for the film were also very well selected to fit in with this description from the novel. As we only compared the first two scenes of the novel to the film, we didn't watch much of the film, so cannot really criticise it as haven't been able to get a good idea of how well the film was made, although from what I have seen so far I cannot seem to find any criticism. I feel he changes made did not alienate any part of the story, if anything increased the excitement, as it is easy to grow bored when watching a film, but I didn't grow tiresome of this production. I enjoyed the layout of the film, it flowed at a steady pace but didn't rush the story so was easy to grasp the story line. Not at any point was the film confusing or complicated. It was easy to watch and kept me interested throughout. Over all I enjoyed the film, and of what I saw of it was very well directed, acted, and produced. ...read more.

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