A major difference between the movie "Of Mice and Men" and the book "Of Mice and Men"

Essay by MaroxHigh School, 10th grade December 2003

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The book, Of Mice and Men, is one that invokes thought in the reader. Although the book is well written, the movie does not come close to those same standards. After reading the book, then watchisng the movie, I saw some major differences as well as some insignificant differences. However, there were a few that were very obvious. One glaring difference that I saw involved the character simply known as "Curley's wife". One difference transpired during a scene that greatly influenced what I thought of her. However, in the movie, this scene never took place. This difference drastically altered my opinion of Curley's wife.

In the book, Lennie, Candy, and Crooks are gathered in Crooks' room. After a while, Curley's wife arrives, and the situation became a bad one. Crooks gathers the nerve to stand up to her, and when he does, she verbally cuts him down.

She tells Crooks that she could have him hanged, and no one would object. After she says this, Crooks "...reduces himself to nothing..." (81). Soon afterward, Curley's wife leaves the room, leaving behind her the demoralized Crooks, Lennie, and Candy.

In the movie, Lennie, Candy, and Crooks never met in his room. A meeting between those three never took place throughout the entire movie. This is one of the reasons that I do not believe that the movie was nearly as good as the book. By eliminating this scene, Curley's wife's destructive nature is not revealed. Only those who have read the book would know this part of her personality.

The impact of the difference of the movie completely changed how I feel about Curley's wife. While reading the book, I saw her as an unfaithful wife and a troublemaker. She was the only...