An Assessment Of The 1992 Film Of Mice And Men

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An Assessment of the 1992 Film Of Mice and Men

In section one of the novel 'Of Mice and Men' written by John
Steinbeck, begins with a description of the pool and its surroundings
in order to familiarize us with the setting, using poetic imagery to
describe the "golden foothill slopes" of the Salinas river valley and
the pool on the bank of which "the leaves lie deep and so crisp that a
lizard makes a great skittering if he runs among them". Some rabbits
sit in the sand. "There is a path through the willows and among the
sycamores" leading to the sandy rivers edge. The description conveys
an idyllic peace to the scene which is disturbed as the novels two
main characters emerge from the woods. The rabbits scurry into the
scrubs and a heron flies from the pool before George and Lennie enter
the clearing.

George and Lennie are described as physical opposites, George being
"small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong
features" while Lennie is described as a huge man, shapeless of face,
with large pale eyes, with wide sloping shoulders, and he walked
heavily" but despite the difference in physical appearance John
Steinbeck stresses the similarities of dress "Both were dressed in
denim. Both wore black, shapeless hats and both carried tight blanket
rolls", this suggests that Lennie maybe trying to copy George as he
looks up to him and wants to be like him, as also imitates George
actions at the river bank.

In the following pages George and Lennie's conversation and behaviour
helps the reader learn that the two are migrant ranch workers, on
their way to one job to another. They are going to work on a ranch in
Soledad and George makes it clear he is to do all the talking when
they arrive; George angrily discovers that Lennie has been concealing
a dead mouse ("I could pet it with my thumb while we walked along")
This informs the reader that Lennie likes to pet soft things, which is
to be carefully noted in light of future (and past) events, George has
beans for dinner and when Lennie childishly sates he likes ketchup
with his beans, George gets angry and muses on the life he could live
if he wasn't with Lennie: "I got you! You can't keep a job and you
lose me ever' job I get. Jus' keep me shovin' all over the country all
the time… You do bad things and I got to get you out". Through
George's anger we learn about one of the "bad things" which occurred
at their last job, in Weed, when Lennie wanted to pet the girls dress
because it was pretty and held on when she tried to jerk away. The two
had to flee the town in the night as the town people were looking for
them, Lennie responds to George's anger with self-pity and uses a
guilt trip, sorrowfully saying that if George doesn't want him around,
he could go off and live in the hills by himself. This softens George...

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