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How does the Director Gary Sinese, Present the First Chapter of "Of Mice and Men" in his Film Version of the Book

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How does the Director Gary Sinese, Present the First Chapter of "Of Mice and Men" in his Film Version of the Book Gary Sinese presents the first chapter of "Of Mice and Men" quite differently in his film version, compared to the book because of several major changes he has made. The book was written in the 1930's and is about the events that happen involving two men, George and Lennie, going to work on a ranch. The film, however is a modern adaptation, made in the 1990's. Probably one of the most important changes made is that of the mood of the opening. In the book the opening is very descriptive with a very calm and tranquil feeling. This is shown by the following extract: 'The water is warm too, for it has slipped, twinkling over the yellow sands' and 'on the sandy bank under the trees the leaves lie deep.' There is also quite a slow pace in the book because there is over a page and a half of text describing the area and atmosphere before the characters are even introduced. ...read more.

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The fast paced music included in the scene also creates tension, and the silence as George and Lennie hide with the mob a few feet away creates a feeling of suspense. This then makes the audience want to keep watching to discover why George and Lennie were being chased. Sinese also added scenes where George and Lennie collect their work passes and ride the bus so these events would not have to be explained using dialogue like in the book, as this might bore audiences. For example, in the book George says to Lennie: 'You remember about us' goin' into Murray and Ready's, an they give us work cards and bus passes?' If it were done this way in the film, George would also have to explain what happened on the bus ride and why they are now on the road, which would have been harder for the audience to understand. The costumes of George and Lennie stay loyal to the book. ...read more.

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It is more apparent that Lennie is more forgetful in the book but George seems more controlling in the film. This is shown when George discovers that Lennie has a dead mouse. In the film George forcefully takes it away from Lennie, while in the book George tries to reason with Lennie by calmly saying: 'come on, give it here,' and Lennie obeys. After George takes the mouse away in the film, Lennie begins to cry. This show how strict George can be and how much like a child Lennie, which is not shown much in the book. The location in which the characters are first introduced is described as: 'a narrow pool' with 'a path through the willows and sycamores' The location they use in the film is true to the setting in the book, although the pool seems to be shown inn a different area to the road. Overall, the film is an average adaptation of the book with authentic locations and costumes and a dramatic, tension-filled opening, that grips the audience. But more time could have been spent on casting the main characters of George and Lennie and developing their dialogue and body language. ...read more.

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