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The movie 1992 movie version of Of Mice and Men shows differences along with similarities to the book written by John Steinbeck Differences were common mainly within the plot of the story The first notable variation was in the beginning The book started off with George and Lennie walking on a dirt road near a swamp while the movie started off with George on a train with a flashback This shows how the movie differs by starting off in a different time frame than the book Another case in point of a small but noticeable plot change was when Lennie kills the puppy The book states that Lennie is sitting on the ground of the barn crying with the puppy lying in front of him On the contrary the movie shows Lennie standing up with the puppy in his hands pacing back and forth while worried yet not crying Hence the movie provides a different picture for the viewer than Steinbeck gives for the reader In the last instance which possibly shows the greatest contradiction between the two is the ending The novel illustrates the ranch workers coming and finding that George had just killed Lennie Slim tries to comfort George while they move away from the scene as Carlton says Now what do ya spose is eatn them two In sharp contrast to this the movie ends with George on a train once again possibly to make it a traditional denouement and visualizing him working on the ranch with Lennie walking off into the sunset Indeed two completely dissimilar endings plot wise Along with those differences there are aspects in the movie that show a strong resemblance to those in the book For example Lennies characteristic of being childlike shows in the movie as well as in the novel John Malkovich who plays Lennie does a great job at showing a glimmering expression on his face when he looks at George as well as
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