Essay of “Of Mice and Men”
The novel and film version of “Of Mice and Men” written by John Steinbeck and directed by Gary Sinise, both encompass similarities through the plot and differences through the use of various techniques communication powerful ideas to the responder, whilst portraying the same plot through the two different texts. Through the different techniques used, such as language features used in the novel and the visual features used in the film, both provide the responder with a different picture coming from two different angles, but still maintaining their similarities.
The opening of both versions of “Of Mice and Men” introduce to the responder the two main characters, George and Lennie, as well as the setting of both texts. Even though the main characters are introduced in both texts, their sequence differs from one another. The novel opens with a detailed description of the surrounding river area, with the use of strong descriptive language, assisting the responder in visualising the scene through imagery. The quote. “There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores… swim in the deep pool”, helps portray this. The imagery assists the responder in visualising the setting depicted in the novel. The film introduced to the responder the main character George sitting in a train carriage, surrounded by darkness, with only getting glimpses of his face through light flashes on his face as the camera starts from a medium shot and then into a close up of his face, showing his emotions and that he is in deep thought of an important event through a flashback. The music in the background helps create suspense, building up to the following scene.
Similarities and differences can be seen by the responder in the final scene in the way in which the two versions depict the events. Both versions are depicted in the same environment, but the events leading up to the death of Lennie. The novel is describes the meeting of George and Lennie as “from...