Of Mice and Men
The short story “Of Mice and Men” is written by author John Steinbeck and was first published in 1937. In the story we follow the two main characters George and Lennie’s attempt to fulfil The American Dream doing The Great Depression. The fame of the book has lead to the making of a film based on the book. The film is very similar to the book, however some things have been omitted. This is one of the main focuses of this analysis along with a comment on The American Dream as a theme.
The filmatisation of “Of Mice and Men” leans close up to its book. Many times films are often twisted a lot and new scenes are added. However, after reading the book and watching the film ...view middle of the document...
-“And then from out of Lennie’s head there came a little fat old woman … And when she spoke, it was in Lennie’s voice.”
The genre of the story is realism and if the director decided to make this scene it would be very out of place and it would not work out like in the book, where it is easier to have more details and to show the imagination of the mind.
One essential thing that seems to be added to the film and missing in the book is how George is presented. He is portrayed a lot more emotional and sensitive in
the film rather than in the book. When you read the book you can get the
impression of George as being a bit cold and not as caring towards Lennie as in the film. You can find an example of this is the last scene, where he is crying before shooting Lennie and in the train thinking back at the incident. Just the fact that he cries in the film makes a huge difference because it makes the story and scene even sadder.
The biggest theme and main focus of the story is The American Dream. Why is that so? First of all the story takes place doing The Great Depression, which was a hard time for America and Americans. Their values and the way they see and approach life go back to the Constitution of The United States. It is believed that every man has the right to be free and to pursuit the life of happiness. It is also believed that though you might have nothing you can still achieve The American Dream and that was the hope of many people in that time of history and still is to this day.
Of Mice and Men is an excellent example of a book, which tries to illustrate that in specific. Lennie and George have a wish to become free men, understood in the sense that they do not have to work under anyone ever again but instead
they are able to be in charge of themselves. Crooks the Negro on the farm says, at one point, that it is all in their head and that he in fact has seen hundreds of men just like them, but no one ever gets a piece of the land(p. 73, l- 22-31)....