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'Of Mice and Men' - novel and film comparison

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´╗┐Media Coursework Of Mice and Men This is a comparison between Steinbeck?s original novel Of Mice and Men and the 1992 film version. I will be comparing the two beginnings, the presentation of Curley?s wife, and the treatment of a powerful scene. Of Mice and Men is one of those classic stories about friendship, loyalty, sacrifice and broken dreams. The 1992 film was directed by Gary Sinise, who also played the part of George Milton. This film was in fact the first film he had ever directed and I believe it to be very successful. The film follows the overall content of the novel, however, there are some key differences: The introduction to the film has two complete differences, the presentation of Curley?s wife, and also the treatment of a powerful scene, which will be focused on the ending. In the beginning of the Novel, it is set in Soledad. Steinbeck creates a very tranquil opening and gives the impression that it hasn?t been disrupted by human interference. ??On the sand bank under the trees the leaves lie deep and so crisp that a lizard makes a great skittering if he runs among them??. However, even before the reader is introduced to the two protagonists, Steinbeck includes that this peaceful, animal inhabited area is frequently interrupted my humans. ??a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water.?? This quote shows that this has been a place humans have to for a long time. The use of the word?s ?beaten hard? is associated with a path which has been walked on for many years. This tells the reader that however peaceful the area may be, it has always been trespassed by humans. The animals react in fear due to the sound of footsteps mentioned again. ...read more.


In section four of the novel, there is a part where Curley?s Wife enters looking for Curley although in the film this was left out. Perhaps to ensure that Curley?s Wife was wanted to be seen by Gary Sinise as someone who needed sympathy from the audience. During this part of the novel, Curley?s Wife describes her relationship with Curley. ??Sure I gotta husban?. You all seen him. Swell guy, aint he? Spends all his time sayin? what he?s gonna do to guts he don?t like, and he don?t like nobody. Think I?m gonna stay in that two-by-four house and listen how Curley?s gonna lead with his left twice and then bring in the ol? right cross??? This creates a lot of sympathy towards Curley?s Wife as she is obviously rejected by Curley to the point where she isn?t even properly included. The fact that as the reader, we don?t even know her name also suggests that she is unimportant towards Curley and the other characters. Crooks quickly turns on Curley?s Wife insisting that she leaves, however, she has a lot of power over him considering she?s white and back then, black people were simply just slaves and were resented by a lot of people. Knowing that, Crooks backs down almost to a point where he is leaning against the wall. ??Listen Nigger/ You know what I can do to you if you open your trap? ? Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain?t even funny.?? This is practically the only time that Curley?s Wife has some kind of power over someone, and because he is treated no better than an animal as he lives next to the barn where all the animals are and not even in a properly built home, more of a shed, suggests that Curley?s Wife only really has power, or a chance to step in on her own accords is towards Crooks. ...read more.


The conversation with the rabbit could also show how Lennie is very naïve and is convinced George will not leave him or get mad. The novel and the film are very similar as far as the conversation between George and Lennie are concerned. In the novel, it is prolonged to gradually build up tension for the reader when they realise that George is going to shoot Lennie. When he finally does, it is clear that this has traumatised George and is a very dreadful thing for George to undergo. ‘’George shivered and looked at the gun, and then he threw it from him, back up on the bank, near the pile of old ashes.’’ George is comforted by Slim and is taken for a drink. However, the reader is reminded of the ignorance by society as they are blinded by what George has just had to go through, which ends the novel. Then ending of the film is very sad. Lennie is found and comforted by George’s voice and soon by ‘The American Dream’ which is referred to several times throughout the film. The audience are unaware of what is about to happen as when George finally shoots Lennie it is very sudden. The music, played at the beginning of the film is again brought back, which is very touching and adds for a great effect to what has just occurred. Instead of the hallucinations Lennie’s fears are brought into the convocation between him and George and are much shorter than in the novel. In the novel, it begins and ends at the Salinas River where as in the film it begins and ends with George sat on the train. Just like at the beginning, there are flash backs, but this time of George and Lennie together. This indicates that George has spent the majority of his time with Lennie and they had a very brotherly relationship. The flash backs could imply George being deeply upset due to the fact he has killed his best friend. ...read more.

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