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Of Mice and Men - The film is severely different from the novel, as the director, Gary Sinise, made deliberate changes to influence the audience's feelings and reactions.

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Of Mice and Men The film is severely different from the novel, as the director, Gary Sinise, made deliberate changes to influence the audience's feelings and reactions. He has altered and added scenes as he saw this as necessary to create the right kind of atmosphere and to keep the plot flowing. The whole story is about two men, George and Lennie. These are very two very different characters; the novel describes them as opposites. Lennie is a very large and burly while George is 'small and quick'. In the book they wear exactly the same thing, but as the film has to rely on devices and stereotypes to pass the message across quickly, they dress Lennie in dungarees to show how different they area and to show the childlikeness of Lennie. There is a problem with Lennie; he has a child's mind. This causes many problems for the pair and results in Lennie's unavoidable death. There are two things that cause these many problems- one being the fact that Lennie likes to stroke soft things. When he was young, his aunt Clara had given him a piece of velvet (it only makes you wonder if he hadn't have lost that, his life might have been saved.) ...read more.


When he throws her head back we can tell she is dead as she suddenly stops screaming and she goes limp. Straight away he knows he has done wrong- 'I done a bad thing'. His bad grammar also indicates the fact that he is like a child- but then again, he is living in a time when education is rare, especially in stable hands. There is silence to make the scene more dramatic, broken by a bird flying across the rafters which emphasises the death. Lennie runs. Everyone is outside having fun, oblivious to the contents of the barn; this contrast makes it more intense. Candy walks into the barn, and sees her on the floor. He thinks she is sleeping until he gets closer and he runs out of the barn to find George- who forms a plan; although this is clearly shown to the audience- this is not his whole plan, only what he tells Candy. He has ulterior motives which are only revealed when they are carried out, an unexpected twist at the end. When Curley is brought in, he finds Lennie's hat, which gives him away. ...read more.


You can receive this impression immediately by the fact she is never referred to by her name, it's always 'Curley's wife'; this shows that she is just another one of Curley's possessions, not that she is a human being worthy of respect. In the film you blame Curley for not treating her like a human but the novel makes you wonder if she deserves it. In the novel she walks in uninvited to join Crooks, Lennie and George in Crook's room. She threatens Crooks with being lynched and the way she does this makes her come across as vile and bitter. In the film she doesn't; she catches the men outside and talks at one point. She says Curley became mad and smashed all her records, this immediately makes you feel sorry for her as she is clearly vulnerable. All doubts are erased as you listen to what she says next and sympathise with her; this is something the novel tries to avoid doing. Her death scene is exactly the same, showing that whatever the character may be like, we all sympathise with her tragic death. Although the novel and film have the same story line, just by altering certain things you get a whole different aspect and create a totally different effect on the audience. Jennifer Weir ...read more.

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