Similarities Between Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbeck is considered one of the great American authors. His novels centered on the American landscape, particularly California. John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel, Of Mice and Men, is a classic American novel about two ranch workers who struggle to keep their dream alive. In 1992, a MGM film adaptation directed by Gary Sinise was created. As with all book to film adaptations, many people debate over which work is better. Some say that the book is better because it creates a mood of darkness within the reader. Although both works convey their themes well, Steinbeck’s novel has more emotional impact on readers due to its setting and mood. The novel’s setting exceeds the film’s because it is meaningful and symbolic. The author utilizes the California…show more content…
The film shows a different interpretation of the characters that the book does not explore. The characterization of Curley’s wife, for example, is changed in the film. During a scene where George and Lennie are heading inside the bunkhouse, Curley’s wife appears out of the shadows asking about her husband. She tells them, “I couldn’t even play my records tonight. I got no records left. I had four… Curley got mad at me after supper, broke all my records” (Sinise). The scene presents Curley’s wife in a sympathetic light, showing how she is a victim of Curley’s anger. The audience then understands why Curley’s wife is constantly trying to distance herself from her husband, and why she is desperate to find people she can confide in. People who prefer the film say that making her appear innocent makes her death more impactful. The way her death is depicted is very different from the novel. Curley’s wife is killed suddenly and violently, then she is left half buried, face down in the hay. The ranchers regard her body with curiosity before abandoning her in favor of a manhunt for Lennie (Sinise). After building a case for her innocence for most of the film, Curley’s wife is killed, and even in death she is treated without respect and left alone. The director presents the audience with her death under different circumstances, which allows the audience to decide what she…show more content…
Characters are presented differently scene to scene to change the reader’s perspective of them. For example, in the film Curley’s wife is depicted as a lonely housewife who is desperate to leave her husband. Although this characterization is accurate, the novel provides a more complex view of her because it shows how her frustration manifests itself in her treatment of others. One instance of her pent up anger hurting others is when she verbally attacks Crooks. She declares, “Listen, Nigger… You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?...you keep your place, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny” (Steinbeck, 79). This moment of cruelty shows that Curley’s wife has been corrupted by the evil of the world. She hurts those who are lower than her on the social hierarchy because she believes doing so will make people respect her. This shows that she is deeply insecure of her place in the world. The reader comes to hate Curley’s wife, until they learn more about her life. She monologues about her dreams of becoming an actress before she dies, but her death is optimistic and bitter sweet. The author states, “... the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. She was
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