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Of Mice and Men - Novel vs. Film

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Jacklyn Kelly

on 16 October 2013

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Of Mice and Men - Novel vs. Film
Significant Differences
Dominant Theme
*Disadvantages and tragedies that occur in life can to loneliness.*
Candy not going into Crooks room does not give Crooks the sliver of hope of joining them in achieving their dream.
Loneliness of George after killing Lennie; on train by himself rather than being comforted by ranch-mates.
Conversation between Curley's wife and George; George has never had a sweetheart; lonely when it comes to love.
Portrayal of Curley's Wife
Portrayal of Curley's Wife
The novel's language caused immense amounts of emotion when George killed Lennie. The movie does not take as much time; changes the original sentimental tone.
"George raised the gun and his hand shook, and he drops his gun to the ground again." (pg 105)
The description of the Salinas River made it easy to construct a detailed imagine in readers' minds; film did not seem to portray the same beauty as the book.
"The deep green pool of the Salinas river was still in the late afternoon. Already the sun had left the valley to go climbing up the slopes of te Gabilan mountains, and the hilltops were rosy in the sun..." (pg 99)
Hallucination scene (to emphasize his disability) was not needed because it was easy to see Lennie's disability through the way he talked and acted in the movie.
'And then from out of Lennie"s head there came a little old fat woman... And wehen she spoke it was in Lennie's voice" (pg 100-101)
Metaphorical Foreshadowing
At the end of the novel, the heron killing the snake foreshadows the sudden death of Lennie, who is just as innocent as the snake. This doesn't happen in the movie; method of foreshadowing not delivered to the audience.
"A water snake glided smoothly up the pool... A silent head and beak lanced down and plucked it out by the head, and the beak swallowed thelittle snake while its tail waved frantically." (pg 99)
The Resolution
#2: Addition of scene when Curley's Wife mentions Curley breaking records; shows his anger and causes audience to show sympathy for her.
#1: Deletion of the scene in Crook's Room does not show Curley's Wife's racist attitude; emphasizes as victim in eyes of the director
"Well, you keep your place then Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” (pg 66).
#3; Scene with Curley's Wife and Lennie in the Barn; seemed more pleasant in the movie and more hostile in the novel
‘You stop it now, you’ll mess it all up!’” (pg 91).
#1: Although many scenes of Curley's Wife and Lennie stayed the same throughout the novel and the film, word choice and body language brought forth a more sincere feeling.
#2: Characters, such as George, shows greater hostility towards Curley's Wife.
"Don't you even take a look at that bitch. I don't care what she says and what she does. I seen 'em poison before, but I never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her..."(pg. 33)
Curley's Wife is depicted in novel wearing Red which can symbolize a character's downfall/lust/sin.
In film, wearing white, can stand for innocence and/or bringing about her own downfall
Emphasizes her as a true victim
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