"Of Mice and Men" Film and Novel Comparison

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Of Mice and Men Film and Novel Comparison


        John Steinbeck crafted a masterpiece while writing his novel,  Of Mice and Men . This novel was later adapted for the big screen by Gary Sinise. Most books are usually much better than their movie versions, because an author can write for as long as he wants, and with as much detail as he wants. Movies normally have to severely shorten the story by removing the details or even leaving out parts of the story line. It is very unlikely to find a movie that is better than the original book, but Of Mice and Men is one of those rare occasions. This movie has a great choice of soundtrack, which makes the scenes more enjoyable and provokes strong feelings. Also the differences in the scenes makes the film version preferable. Some scenes are slightly changed, and other new scenes are added, which adds a lot to the story. Also, the way the film portrays Curley’s wife is very interesting, because it is very different than in the book. All these changes make the film superior to the novel.

        The soundtrack in the film adaptation was great, and led the viewers to feel strong emotions. When the men are working, the music is happy and fast, which leads you to feel that George and Lennie are happy to be working and getting closer to their goal. During the initial chase, the music is fast and has a desperate mood, which leads to nervousness and suspense. When George tells Lennie about “Guys like us, who work on ranches” the music is very sad, and adds a lot of meaning to what George says. Also, when Candy is waiting to hear the shot that his dog is going to get, the music is very slow, which adds suspense to the scene, but also reflects Candy’s feelings. Also, during the scene in which Lennie is shot, the music is almost depressing, and you can hear the voices of the others getting louder and louder, which makes this scene even more nerve-wrecking. Also, in the last scene, where memories of the things George and Lennie had done are shown, the music is very peaceful, and soothing, which is a great way to finish. In the movie adaptation, the soundtrack adds a lot to the scenes, and leads to many strong emotions.

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        In the film version of “Of Mice and Men”, many details and scenes are added, which make it a lot more interesting. In the movie, during a scene, Curley’s wife tells George about how she had a collection of records she liked to listen to, but that Curley had broken them. This shows that Curley took out his anger on his wife, which makes him seem even a more cruel man than in the novel. Also, in the movie the beginning scene shows George on a train, and the last scene shows this again, so it means that ...

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