Of Mice and Men and La Strada
Archetypal comparison essay
In the book, Of Mice and Men and the movie, La Strada there is an idea of a universal concept. In La Strada there is symbolism; character types and the journey which is what the movie is based on, which also reflects the book Of Mice and Men, but instead of the journey in Of Mice and Men it would be the concept of the American Dream. Both the text and the film are based on human conflict and how the human race works whether it is Gelsomina and George who are accepted into society, and Zampano and Lennie who are generally not accepted into society or they are treated differently. This reflects the grotesque characters in both the text and the film.
The character in La Strata Gelsomina, is an example of an innocent archetype because in the film there were many symbols such as children and animals always being around her, also around water such as the sea, as we found the same setting in the beginning of a film or a movie will be the same at the end. Gelsomina also has a sign of purity no matter what wrong she commits; it will be represented in the film as innocence. Zampano is worried about his physical outlook on life, and being accepted into society. Zampano also worries about his consequences of his actions. An example of his actions would be, in the scene when Zampano kills the Fool after that he worries about the possibility of going to jail; which is the climax of the film. This accidental killing and the emotional toll it takes on Gelsomina shows contact between Zampano and Gelsomina; despite the fact that Zampano sleeps with the mother figure Teresa in the film and when Zampano leaves Gelsomina for the night to be with a prostitute, despite those differences between Gelsomina and Zampano and the clear hatred in their relationship, they appear to always be linked together.
This affects Zampano in an immense way and scares him away because of the fact that even though he and Gelsomina...
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