Of Mice and Men Analysis

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Of Mice and Men
Lauren Pietrzykowski
Honors English III

Gary Sinise’s depiction of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men shows the struggle for survival during the Great Depression. The two main characters, George and Lennie, depend on each other immensely throughout the film. Their inseparable bond can be compared to close brothers, a fact that makes the ending even more shocking. The film is set into a frame story and opens with a man sitting alone on a boxcar. The audience can feel that something is missing from the man’s life and that he isn’t happy. This opening scene is abandoned throughout the film, and is almost forgotten, until it is visited again at the end. Not only does Sinise direct this film, he also stars in it as the rugged and intelligent George. He is teamed up with the slow, yet lovable Lennie, played by John Malkovich. The audience immediately falls in love with them, despite their faults. Their relation to each other is unclear, but then confessed when George tells Lennie “if I was a relative of yours, I'd shoot myself.” Although their relationship is never made completely clear, the audience can see how George and Lennie both depend on each other. Their humanistic bond is seen throughout, even in other characters. The importance of a companion is shown not only with George and Lennie, but with Candy, played by Ray Walston, and his dog; the mirror image of Candy. Companionship is also shown with Curley and his love-deprived wife. The pairs appear to be total opposites. Sinise uses scenes with all the pairs present as well as apart for further character development. The two pairs of George and Lennie and Candy and his dog parallel each other. George and Candy are picked by nature as the dominant of the two, while Lennie and the dog just appear useless and more of a burden. No one understands why George keeps Lennie around, and the boss accuses George of taking advantage of him. The same applies to Candy when the other farm workers pressure...
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