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"Compare and contrast the way Curley's wife is portrayed in the novel and the film adaptation of "Of Mice and Men".

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Media Coursework The purpose of this essay is to "Compare and contrast the way Curley's wife is portrayed in the novel and the film adaptation of "Of Mice and Men". The novel, written by John Steinbeck was compiled during the period of the Great Depression. It was first published in the year of 1937. The film was released in 1992 and was directed by Gary Sinise. The screenplay was written by Horton Foote. Gary Sinise also played the character of George and John Malkovich took on the role of Lennie. Throughout the film adaptation of the novel, there are many differences in the portrayal of the character of Curley's wife. A possible reason for this could be that the film was made just under 50 years before the novel was published. In the novel and film there are a few minor things which do not seem to important which, in effect are differences in which the Director of the film has portrayed the character of Curley's wife to be, such differences are: In the film, she is not wearing a red "house dress" as described in the novel, because this red dress would make her look rather flirtatious and the red "mules" (shoes) which would have made her look like she really was a tart, are also missing. In the film, she is only wearing a white dress with flowers printed on it, and she is also carrying a coke bottle when she is first introduced into the film, this is because the Director has chosen to make her look more innocent and childish. ...read more.


"He aint a nice fella" and says this in confidence to Lennie as she has no one to really trust and rely on. The filmmakers are trying to show her as having rushed into marriage as she says: I coulda made somethin' of myself" and believes she still can. She is referring back to how she was going to be an actress in the novel and the film, however, in the film, her voice and posture show that she is a young girl that has missed out on an opportunity and wants to do something with her life, but believes that she has made the wrong decision by going into marriage and does not want to change anything now, because she is too scared and is regretful of the past, for example, not being able to be in the movies. She says she met a guy who"...says he was gonna put me in the movies" and then says that she "...never got that letter" so she married Curley, whom she also met "...out the riverside palace that same night." I personally think that the Director chose to present Curley's wife as a young ambitious girl, trapped in a life where nobody wants to talk to her, because they seem to misunderstand her, and I think they have done this to make her seem more sympathetic and to respect the equal rights of women and not to be sexist or prejudice in any way. ...read more.


hand to show she could act, but while doing this, also gives off the sense that she is being flirtatious by being so openly friendly with someone she hardly knows. It is clear after having watched the film and read the novel that the filmmakers clearly had different intentions of the way they were going to represent the character of Curley's wife and this could be due to the fact that the Director wanted to show Curley's wife's character as a typical young woman of the time. This could be due to the fact that a lonesome woman with no one to talk to in the time of the novel being published would perhaps become a "tart" as suggested in the book by Candy and be overfriendly and playfully teasing. It could also be that the views of a single married woman, with a husband who does not care about her, being surrounded by constant male company are a lot different to woman in similar circumstances today. Today, a woman that is in constant male company would rarely be referred to as a "tart" or even "jail bait" as Candy describes her. Times have changed and so have people's views and opinions about certain issues, such as the social status of woman within a community and woman in general are thought of a lot differently by average working class men and groups such as the Suffragettes have changed things that we often overlook today. Sunny Gill 11B ...read more.

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