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Of Mice and Men - The differences between the book and the film.

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Of Mice and Men (The differences between the book and the film.) From the beginning of the film the audience gets the idea of the migrant worker. Lennie and George travel by fritting a train, which is the hobo way of travelling. The film also starts with the ending and then tells the weed story. Both the book and the film sustain the idea of Lennie and George being haunted therefore they are constantly on the move. The description of the bunk-house in the book is that there are no chairs, cracks on the walls and it seems more comfortable and less emphasis is made on the poor quality of the bunk-house in the book. In the film it is easier to define the social context of the community because you get an over-all view of the ranch whereas in the book you only see a few characters at once. ...read more.


There is another subtle difference in the scene where Lennie jokes about bringing the pup into the bunkhouse, this makes the viewer feel that Lennie does in fact, have some independence and he seems slightly less simple. This is not shown in the book but just a minor change can bring a new view to Lennie's character. Then in the final scene, (in the film) a pigeon is trapped and then flies away. This is emblematic because it is almost like Lennie is trapped and his soul flies away, the pigeon has been used as a symbolic figure. For me personally the ending was better in the film than the book. Not surprisingly the moral message is the same, this is summed up by Slim: "Everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other." ...read more.


but is still flirty. She is developed more in the film, which makes the audience sympathise with her. She is not as hard in the film and seems less artificial and made up. A lot more is made of the minor characters in the film. There is also less of a racial element in the film, Crooks seems to be the butt of everyone's humour but less is made of this is the film. Curley's character seemed harder in the film, this is shown by simple but pointless actions for example smashing his wife's records, this is vindictive and futile. In both the book and the film ideas are juxtaposed for example: young and old, Lennie and the pup are young and Candy and the dog are old. Carlson portrays the utilitarianism's point of view, which seems harsh both in the film and book. In conclusion, there are very subtle differences in the book and film. However, these subtle differences can change the meaning in places. ...read more.

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