A Comparison of John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men and the 1939 Film Version of the Novel

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A Comparison of John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men and the 1939 Film Version of the Novel Looking at the novel 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck there is the clear comparison that this is a print text, while the 1939 film version of the novel by Milestone is a visual text. There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when analysing a visual text, these being the use of camera angle, sound, lighting, editing and the mise en scène, whereas when looking at the print text the use of description, dialogue, characterisation and imagery. The three scenes which are most relevant to the novel and the film are, the shooting of Candy's dog, the fight which takes place between Curley…show more content…
Candy looks "helplessly" saying "it's hurt him" after Carlson suggests shooting him because the "ol' dog jus' suffers hisself all the time". This suggests, just as clearly as the film, that the dog is important to him and he doesn't want to lose him. This is also suggested when Candy says that he "don't mind takin' care of him". Throughout the scene there is also the focus on the newspaper article as well as the main story of Candys dog. This is a good technique used to build up tension because the audience wants to know what's going to happen to the dog. Throughout this scene in the film there is still a clear focus on Candy although the story of the newspaper article is going on around him. This causes an emotional build-up, along with the other characters that are placed in the camera shots who appear not to care about Candy. The emotional build-up is created in the novel with the description of Carlson who "continued to look down at the old dog" as Candy "watched him uneasily", this builds up tension between the two characters even more so as the other characters present are unaware of this non-verbal communication until Carlson finally speaks. Once the conversation is over between the two and

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