Comparing John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men Compare and Contrast Essay Katherine Polgar p.2

In the 1937 classic, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck dealt with the concepts of human nature, dreams, loneliness, and solitude. The story of Lennie Smalls and George Milton told the unfortunate story of best friends in a hard time, the Great Depression. When this moving story was brought to the big screen it lost some of the most compelling aspects but kept the same touching and intriguing story. In the 1992 rendition of the movie, it kept the connection and friendship between the two boys, George and Lennie. The film also portrayed Lennie’s strength accurately physically and through his action rather than describing him. One shortcoming of the film could be the lack of immaturity portrayed by Lennie. George and Lennie are connected by a promise to Lennie’s Aunt Clara to take care of Lennie in regards to his mental disability. George is not just a guardian of sorts to Lennie but they
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Whereas one might feel like an aspect of that was lost when the book was translated into a motion picture. One scene that highlights the immaturity of Lennie was when in the book he envisions Aunt Clara sternly talking to him and then a giant rabbit coming out of the brush. Aunt Clara scolded Lennie for his actions in the past hour, of killing both the pup and Curley’s wife. It was depicted as if he was a child getting in trouble for something by his parents. It shows just how immature Lennie is with still needing that parenting figure above him to correct his actions and to hold him accountable. He [Lennie] was so focused on the thought of not being able to ‘tend the rabbits’ any more that he actually hallucinated one on the bank of the pond with him. Any other person would be thinking about the consequences of killing Curley’s wife, whereas Lennie focused on how George would be mad and not being able to tend the

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