Lennie's Disability In Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men is a novel written by John Steinbeck, published in 1937. The book is about two men, George and Lennie, who travel around and work together. Lennie is mentally disabled so George takes care of him. Despite the displeasing exaggeration of Lennie’s disability in the 1993 film Of Mice and Men it helps validate Steinbeck’s intended theme. Of Mice and Men uses Lennie’s disability to help show the theme of the book. George struggled with taking care Lennie, having to keep finding work, and keeping a steady job. Lennie was the reason why George had to leave Weed. Lennie didn’t understand right from wrong. The book does a nice job of showing Lennie’s disability and his need for companionship. “I wisht George was here, I wisht George was here” (p.81). Lennie was always relying on George for the things he needed, he didn’t understand how to do things due to his mental disability. The 1939 movie conveyed Lennie as disabled but didn’t make it as drastic. Lennie’s disability was evident but not drastic, “You got enough beans there to feed four men” “Ahh, well I like em with ketchup”. Lennie’s disability…show more content…
The music of the scene is intense, unlike in the book were the mood is sad and remorseful of the events that led George to kills Lennie. Unlike the 1939 movie, the 1993 movie’s mood in that seen is congruent with the mood from the book. The music is slow, and sad; then goes into a flashback of memories of Lennie and George together. This flashback that George has drives the theme home; with the killing of Lennie, George was also killing his dream of the farm. Aspects of both movies are done well but overall, the 1993 Of Mice and Men was by far better at portraying the theme of the book, by using Lennie’s disability to help show the theme. The movie was more accurate to the book, and adding extra things to help convey the theme clearly to the
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