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Of Mice And Men Movie And Book Comparison

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John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men shows the struggle of human loneliness and pursuing dreams and freedom. It is fueled by fear of past failure and be labeled as outcasts or fear of what defines them.
In the book it is the same concept. The character in the book were as believable in the book as they were in the movie, and quite frankly the exact same as I pictured so I give the author props for that. The actors portrayed the novel's characters to a tee and when I saw them it was like I had watched the movie first and then read the book and already had them in my mind. The author hit the nail on the head with his interpretation of the books character. The main character’s development throughout the story was both dynamic and static. Lennie
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The main antagonists that viewers could clearly point out would be Curley, Curley’s Wife, fear of being alone, and fear of unaccomplished dreams. Also a minor character in the story that played a big role was Carlson. He shot Candy’s dog which was a foreshadowing of what was to come. That same pistol shot Lennie. It was an important event that Carlson shot the dog because when he is done he cleans the gun which shows that when George and Lennie watch they will know where to find it also. Carlson also mentions that he will shoot the dog in the back of the head and that it is a humane way of killing the dog and it “won’t even quiver”. George remembers this when he has to shoot Lennie and what a coincidence he shot him in the back of the head. Carlson is more important than you think.
A character that dramatically was different in the movie than in my imagination when we read the book was Lennie. He was portrayed by John Malkovich and I wouldn’t have chosen him because he was way older than I would have imagined Lennie. The change in that wouldn’t have been a big controversy at all and it wasn’t a big change either and I believe it would be argued a good or bad decision either. All in all the movie was a good movie. They did not have many changes to the plot or viewer’s perception of the characters. The novel and book also go hand in hand in the symbolism and theme of the novel. I believe John Steinbeck hit the nail on the head with this book and Gary Sinise did good on following up and making a great
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