Of Mice And Men Movie Vs Book Essay

Of Mice And Men Movie/Book Comparison

Many movies are derived from novels, and all of them have major differences from the book version. While there are many similarities in the movie and the book Of Mice and Men, there are many differences also. Some differences are presented through the characters, scenes, and the way the actors play their roles.

The book portrayed the opening scene as a setting on the Salinas River, with one side having foothills leading up to the Gabilan mountains. The other side was the valley that was covered with trees. The movie shows the incident in Weed where the girl Lennie grabbed was running after George and Lennie. In the book, it never mentions that there were some dogs who helped chase them out of town, it was only a few guys.

However, the movie shows that there were actually some dogs chasing George and Lennie. The part where George throws the mouse in the brush was in the day in the movie, but at night in the book. Also in the opening sequence of the book, there wasn't a train, but in the movie, they showed one steaming along.

Lennie was someone who didn't know what to do, and just made terrible choices in the book. Lennie was portrayed as someone retarded in the movie. The book made no mention of any talking disorders or actual disabilities. The beginning the movie showed Lennie as just a follower of George. As the movie progressed, he still was a follower of him, but he seemed to mature and was able to make better choices. In the scene where Lennie kills Curley's wife, he made the good decision to try to keep away from her.

Many times he said that he didn't want to talk to her, and doesn't want any trouble. The book version showed Lennie in the same way. George was really happy to move on to a new job onto a new ranch in the...

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The similarity between the book and the film “Of Mice and Men” is most evident. Even so, there are a few differences, some insignificant and other crucial. However, in the majority of the scenes, the dialogs are taken literally from the book.

The first difference appears in the introduction of the film. The book starts by describing the surrounding landscape of the Salinas Valley where Lennie and George spend the night by the river. We learn that Lennie is mentally challenged and how this affected their stay at the farm where they previously worked. The film starts, however, by showing Lennie and George escaping from this farm and their journey to Salinas Valley.

Another difference that I noticed is concerning Curley’s wife. In the book there is a scene where Lennie, Candy and Crooks are gathered in Crooks’ room. After a while, Curley’s wife emerges and the atmosphere becomes unpleasant. Crooks finds the courage to stand up against her, and when he does, she verbally breaks him down. In the movie this scene never takes place, and by eliminating this incident Curley’s wife’s destructive nature stays unrevealed.

The scene where George is about to shoot Lennie is also different in the film than in the book. In the book this episode is long and George has a hard time shooting Lennie. I get the impression that George is hesitating and unsure if this is the right thing to do. In the film the scene is much shorter and George appears considerably more secure . The movie ends with a scene where George and Lennie work together on the little farm that they where planning to buy. This is not in the book at all.

Other scenes that were left out in the movie:The scene where Lennie has hallucinations about a giant rabbit and his aunt Clara.

The scene after George has killed Lennie. In the book Slim comforts George by taking him for a drink.

And the scene where Candy comes into the room when Lennie and Crooks are
talking about the little farm they are buying. In the film Crooks never finds out about the little farm.

In my opinion both the film and the book has its flaws. In the film some crucial scenes are removed, but I thought that the characters in the movie were better than in the book. In the book, I liked neither George nor Lennie. I got the impression that George was a sensitive and kind man. He always watched over Lennie and tried do the right thing. In the film George is everything he is in the book, but he is also a wise man who people can seek advice from. He has an inquisitive and contemplating look about him. I also liked Lennie better in the movie. In the book he was just a mentally challenged character, but in the film he becomes a person with real feelings and I understand his actions on another level.

I believe that this would be a better film if they had shortened it. It seems to me that the film is an unnecessarily prolonged version of the book. On the other hand, taking to many liberties when adapting this modern classic into a film would not be a smart thing to do.. Even so, I still think that the filmmakers should have left out some insignificant scenes. The story however, is brilliant; the irony in the end where George kills Lennie out of love, how the story is composed of four major issues,(the value of dreams and goals, moral responsibility, social injustice, and the bond of friendship and loyalty,) and how loneliness is one of the main emotions. The story is brilliant and genius, and only an outstanding writer like John Stenbeck can create a masterpiece like this.

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