Film and Novel Comarison of Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
For my assignment I am going to compare both directors of the book and
the film, and also their writing techniques.
The director of the film has many different techniques to utilize;
actors, camera shots, location, properties, sound, music, light.
Compared to the way John Steinbeck wrote the book, Gary Sinise
interpreted the novel very differently. John Steinbeck's novel is
sequential, but Sinise chose to ignore this.
The writer in contrast, has only words to make their special effects.
John Steinbeck uses a Panorama to open his novel. A panorama opening
to the novel: California, Gabilan ...view middle of the document...
is a medium camera shot. There are sounds of panting, and instinct
words. There is tension building here as the music swells. The next
shot is of George and Lennie hiding in the reeds, medium cuts to close
up, we can see the big man, George, is keeping his head down in
disguise so no one can see him. At this point there are constant inter
cuts, it looks like the two men are hoping for an escape, the music
recedes temporarily. The next shot is the men and their horses and
dogs again, looking for something they can't find, perhaps something
like George and Lennie. George and Lennie are still hidden in the
water, there is a low angle shot used here, and a close up of them
two. The figures start to become very tiny, and all the voices start
to fade away. There is a long shot of camera use here. There is a
different type of music played here; the music is also starting to
fade away now, into the background and then gradually the light starts
to fade away and the atmosphere becomes pitch black. All you can hear
is the sounds of trains passing over the railway tracks, dramatic
music playing increases sense of tension, piano, violins, strings, and
this slowly introduces the theme.
'A few miles of Soledad, the Salinas River drop in close to the
hillside bands and runs deep and green.'
The animals are in their element by the pool. This is where they
belong. Lizard makes the Skittering, Rabbits sit on their sand, Coons,
'On the sandy bank under the trees the leaves lie deep and so crisp
that the lizard makes a great skittering if he runs along them'
'Rabbits come out of the brush to sit on the sand in the evening , and
the damp flats are covered with the night tracks of coons, and with
the spread pads of dogs from the ranches, and with the split-wedge
tracks of deer that came to drink in the dark'
The alliteration of the 's' sound is like the sound effects that the
director would use. So Steinbeck creates atmosphere with words it is Soft
and Soothing. He creates secrecy by adding the hard 'D' sounds of Drink
and Dark, Deep. With just a rustle in the under growth showing the
presence of animals with the hard 'c/k' sounds.
By using words alone, Steinbeck has created visual and aural imagery
for the reader.
The only hunt of sadness is the name Soledad, as meaning Solitude, or
loneliness in Spanish.
The introduction of the two men into the scene does not disrupt the
harmony; they settle in and make it theirs.
'Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water and wiggled his fingers so
the water arose in little splashes'
The relationship between the two men is very much the same as the
opening in the film. George is controlling Lennie, but in the film,
the men are seen as dangerous, and the girl in the red dress, is the