Of Mice and Men: Movie Vs. BookThe movie 1992 movie version of Of Mice and Men shows differences along withsimilarities to the book written by John Steinbeck.
Differences were commonmainly within the plot of the story. The first notable variation was in thebeginning. The book started off with George and Lennie walking on a dirt roadnear a swamp while the movie started off with George on a train with aflashback. This shows how the movie differs by starting off in a different timeframe than the book. Another case in point of a small but noticeable plot changewas when Lennie kills the puppy.
The book states that Lennie is sitting on theground of the barn crying with the puppy lying in front of him. On the contrary,the movie shows Lennie standing up with the puppy in his hands pacing back andforth while worried yet not crying. Hence, the movie provides a differentpicture for the viewer than Steinbeck gives for the reader. In the lastinstance, which possibly shows the greatest contradiction between the two, isthe ending. The novel illustrates the ranch workers coming and finding thatGeorge had just killed Lennie. Slim tries to comfort George while they move awayfrom the scene as Carlton says Now what do ya spose is eatn them two?In sharp contrast to this, the movie ends with George on a train once again,possibly to make it a traditional denouement, and visualizing him working on theranch with Lennie walking off into the sunset.
Indeed, two completely dissimilarendings plot wise. Along with those differences there are aspects in the moviethat show a strong resemblance to those in the book. For example, Lenniescharacteristic of being childlike shows in the movie as well as in the novel.John Malkovich who plays Lennie does a great job at showing a glimmeringexpression on his face when he looks at George as well as a playful expressionwhen he is playing with the puppies. This is parallel to Steinbecksdescription of Lennies facial expressions.
By the same the token, Georgescharacter keeps his characteristic of being a father figure towards Lennie.George, played by Gary Sinise, does this primarily with his tone of voice byvarying it from strict, such as when he is scolding Lennie about Curleyswife, to more compassionate, for instance when he is cleaning the blood offLennies face after the fight with Curley. The tone characteristics coincidewith those described in the same situations in the book. A correlation is shownbetween the book and movie as well with the basic mood of the story. The dismalambiance is illustrated through Georges look of helplessness and grief fromLennies mistakes.
The sense of a righteous closure is also felt at the enddue to the fact that even though Lennie had been shot point blank by the onlyperson in the world that had an ounce of care or affection for him, the feelingthat it was the only suitable action for George to take resides in the movie inan almost equivalent way to Steinbecks novel. To recapitulate, John Steinbecksnovel Of Mice and Men possesses aspects of resemblance as well as discrepancy tothe 1992 film version of the classic narrative.Category: Book Reports