Of Mice and Male: Contrast of Book to Film
The book Of Mice and Guy, by John Steinbeck, was written in 1937. Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California on February 27th, 1902, and has actually written other well-known novels such as The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. His literature was significantly influenced by his hometown of Salinas and the surrounding areas, which was where the majority of his stories happened. These are sometimes referred to as “Steinbeck Nation.” Of Mice and Male was made into a film, which was directed by Gary Sinise. The movie was made in 1992, and is about 1 hour and 50 minutes long.
In its very first week alone, the film made practically $100,000. It was likewise for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Movie Celebration, which is a very prominent award. The director, Gary Sinise, was born in Blue Island, Illinois on March 17, 1955. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Finest Supporting Actor in 1994 for his role as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump and won a Golden Globe award for Finest Star in a TELEVISION Motion picture for his function in Truman. I believe that the Of Mice and Guy motion picture version was effectively done, but lots of things were different from the book.
Of Mice and Male is a story about two men, Lennie Small and George Milton, who walk around searching for tasks. Lennie is a strong man, who can do almost any physical labor, however is extremely intellectually challenged. His Auntie Clara raised Lennie and looked after him till her death, and after she died George took obligation for him. They first had tasks in Weed, California, however when Lennie touched a girl’s dress, she accused him of raping her. Lennie really similar to touching soft things, and has a history of accidentally killing little animals by cuddling them too hard.
After being chased out of Weed, they needed to find new jobs. They eventually came to a ranch down in Salinas Valley, where they would work bucking barley. The ranch manager’s child, Curley, is a very controversial man who frequently enters fights. Curley is unhappily married to a female with a reputation for flirting with the ranch hands. He is very managing over her, and is constantly searching for her all over the cattle ranch, needing to understand where she is all the time. This makes Curley’s partner is really unhappy with her life, and she hates being stuck on the ranch with no one to speak with.
Nevertheless, her isolation is not so prominent in the book as it is in the movie, since she is represented extremely differently in each. The movie version shows her as being more smart and sympathetic, but likewise a lot more lonesome. Gary Sinise changed the film variation of Of Mice and Male to make Curley’s better half seem more intelligent. He did this by including small things into the scenes that are practically undetectable. Something that he did was throughout a scene that he included where Curley’s other half is alone with George in the barn, and she is speaking to him.
She enters the barn and muffles the sofa, however likewise holding some sort of book in her hand, probably a diary. In the book, she does not have a book when she can be found in. This modification is considerable since it indicates that she is very articulate and that she probably does a lot of thinking when she is alone in your home. Throughout the story there are scenes that show that she is by herself a lot of the time, and having a diary is something that makes good sense for her to have. Another thing that Sinise adds into the story takes place in a scene that he altered where Lennie and George are heading back to the bunkhouse from Crooks’s space.
On their way, they encounter Curley’s partner. There, Sinise puts in dialogue for Curley’s partner where she speaks about how Curley snapped and broke all of her records. This definitely makes her character more intelligent due to the fact that it reveals that she listens to music. It makes her seem far more civilized and cultured, rather of simply some lady out in the nation surviving on a farm. In the book, this never occurs. Sinise probably made this modification to develop more of a sophisticated personality for Curley’s other half. This discusses more about her dreams to become an actress.
Altering her character by doing this also makes her seem more out of location on the cattle ranch, which contributes to her misery. I think that these adjustments do make her appear smarter, however to me they appear somewhat unneeded. We currently understand that she hates her life on the cattle ranch, and all the changes did were to stress it. I believe that the movie would have had the exact same impact on the viewer with or without the changes. The motion picture likewise varies from the book due to the fact that it makes Curley’s better half more considerate. An example of this is when she is speaking to Lennie after his fight with Curley.
Curley comes into the bunkhouse complaining about how his other half is missing out on, when he notifications Slim isn’t in the bunkhouse. He thinks that Slim and his other half are together in the barn, and rushes out. Later, Slim charges through the door with Curley right behind him apologizing for his presumptions. Curley then notices Lennie, who is laughing. Curley thinks he is making fun of him however Lennie is really laughing because he heard somebody making chicken noises. But suddenly, Curley gets into a battle with Lennie. What winds up occurring is that Curley’s hand is badly injured and Lennie has bruises on his face.
After the battle, Curley is speaking to Lennie in a later scene about it. In the book, Curley’s partner regards him with a mean tone and treats him like he is foolish for lying to her. However in the motion picture when she is asking him about her other half’s injury, she acknowledges him with more sweet taste in her voice so that Lennie does not feel scared by her, and to amplify her innocence. This minor modification that Sinise made definitely makes Curley’s wife more considerate, which is an extremely crucial to how you view her brand-new character.
Another modification Sinise made was to get some scenes where Curley’s partner was very callous towards some of the other characters. One scene he omitted was the part where she comes into Crooks’s room and sees Candy, Lennie, and Criminals together. In the book, she is available in and talks to them about how she understands what occurred to Curley’s hand, and how Lennie got the bruises on his face. Then she comments that they are “the weak ones” on the cattle ranch. Crooks informs her to leave and she madly threatens to have him hanged.
Obviously, this offended the three, and made Curley’s spouse appear like an awful individual to have actually said this. Nevertheless, by taking this scene out Sinise made her character a lot more caring. If Sinise had left this scene in the film, the audience would more than likely not feel bad for Curley’s partner when she was killed. They would most likely think that she sort of had it pertaining to her and that she deserved it for being such a horrible individual. However, that would have been the specific reverse of what Steinbeck was attempting to communicate with the climax, so the changes made were absolutely a success.
The movie variation changed Curley’s wife’s character to make her appear far more lonesome. Gary Sinise added numerous things that contributed to this aspect of her character which ultimately improved it. One scene that he changed was when Curley’s partner discovers Sweet, Lennie, and Criminals in Crooks’s space. In the book she enters the space and talks to the three, grumbling about how she’s always stuck in your home not having the ability to talk to anybody. She also states to Lennie that she knew his hand wasn’t truly caught in a device and she knows how Lennie got all of the swellings on his face.
However, Sinise changes the scene and makes it so Sweet does not enter into the space and neither does Curley’s partner. Rather, George discovers Lennie in the space earlier and takes him back to the bunkhouse. On their way back to the bunkhouse they run into Curley’s partner, who states she understands how he got the bruises on his face and what happened to Curley’s hand. When George informs her to disappear, she angrily responds that she’s entering into town and nobody’s ever visiting her again and she runs.
Sinise made this change since it puts emphasis on how dissatisfied she is with her life on the ranch and ultimately emphasizes her loneliness. Another change Gary Sinise made to the film version was a scene he added completely. The scene is of George in the barn. He is working on a mule’s foot placing on some horseshoes. While he is working, Curley’s better half can be found in and begins talking with him. George does not respond, so she angrily informs him to talk to her. Then she starts speaking with him about if he’s “ever had a sweetie,” and Curley comes in and informs his wife to get back to your home.
This scene is considerable because it demonstrates how much she wants someone to talk with, rather of being stuck in your home all the time. The part where Curley informs her to get back in your house also demonstrates how managing Curley is over her. This adds to her character and draws out more of her unfavorable lifestyle. I think that Gary Sinise included this scene since the book actually doesn’t have very many scenes that show her character. He felt like he had to add this scene to do her justice in a manner. Otherwise, the message of the story wouldn’t make as much sense to the reader.
I believe that the modifications made by Gary Sinise truly give you more of an understanding about Curley’s spouse’s character, and the modifications he made actually make you feel bad for her. This is necessary due to the fact that in the end when Lennie inadvertently eliminates her, the impact on the plot is much higher. With all of the modifications Sinise made to the story, I believe that overall they were a success. The modifications made to Curley’s spouse’s character absolutely enhanced it and ultimately provided the climax much more of an effect on the audience. Making her character much more intelligent, understanding, and lonely made the final product a success.