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Of Mice and Men, from prose text to film

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Of Mice and Men, from prose text to film There are several differences between the original novel and Sinise's film adaptation of Of Mice and Men, with some more obvious than others. The tweaks made in the film are made to create a similar tensions but to a watching audience. In the book, Steinbeck concentrates only on the barn scene, and we only a hear a raucous hubbub from the ring tournament outside, "Outside, the mens' voices became louder and clearer." However, in the film, there are regular flashes between the two scenes to emphasise the contrast in moods. Where as we have Candy approaching the body of Curley's wife in caution and then shock, outside we witness the jubilant tournament atmosphere. ...read more.


Both the novel and the film seek emotion and empathy in different ways. Steinbeck elects to highlight the shattering of the dream and its long term consequences, "'You an' me can get that little place, can't we George?'" Sinise meanwhile is more subtle, and illustrates the failure of the dream with melancholy music. The book seems to revolve more around Candy's moving realisation that the 'dream' is over, "George watched Candy's lips." Steinbeck focuses on Candy's responses and his plea for reassurance, as he feels more emotion is communicated in this old man who has had any hope of prosperity ripped apart. The film tends to focus more on George, and his forlorn expressions, possibly to create tension in preparation for the emotive death of Lennie. ...read more.


As Candy breaks the heart-wrenching news to George, the camera flashes between close-ups of the two characters, as you would expect in a moment of tension. Regarding the body of Curley's wife, Steinbeck employs key description to prove the point that she was not the victim of a brutal murderer, but a cumbersome, confused young child in a powerful man's body, "Now her rouged cheeks and her reddened lips made her seem alive and sleeping very lightly." This description emphasises the injustice of Lennie's future death, and makes for a harrowing experience as the reader. Similar to the end, when Lennie is actually killed, Steinbeck employs description at integral moments to generate anxiety. In conclusion, the film concentrates more on the emotions of the characters involved in the scene, where as the book tries to illustrate the gradual demise of the "dream" with Candy's innocence and George's despair. ...read more.

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