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Of Mice And Men Chapter 5

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Transcript of Of Mice And Men Chapter 5

Of Mice And Men
Chapter 5 Theme Activity Best Laid Plans Activity Further Discussion In groups, you will be given a theme and are to find the strongest chapter 5 passage to support that theme. OR if you disagree with the theme, find the strongest chapter 5 passage to support your counterargument. You will present your argument and passage in about five minutes.

Themes:
Impossibility/Failure of the American Dream
The destructive influence of women
Unforeseen circumstances can overturn even the best laid plans
The inevitability of loneliness
The vulnerability/dangers of companionship
The prevalent intolerance of weakness in the world You will divide into groups.

Each group will be assigned a character from chapter 5, and will have to come up with something that character should have done differently to make things turn out better.

You will present and defend your proposed course of action for this character in 5 minutes.

Characters:
Lennie
Curley's wife
George
Candy
Slim Best Laid Plans Activity Part 2 We need some volunteers for this activity! If anyone needs clarification on the summary for chapter 5, questions are welcome now.

What is the significance of the exchange between Candy and George after finding the wife dead? Do you agree with George's outlook? Why?

What does Curley's wife's speech about her dreams of Hollywood suggest about her character and George and Lennie's dream?

In this chapter, Lennie and Curley's wife seem to open up to each other in their conversation. How might it be significant that the encounter directly leads to both characters' ultimate downfall?

After Curley's wife is killed, Steinbeck illustrates: "And the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face. She was very pretty and simple, and her face was sweet and young. Now her rouged cheeks and reddened lips made her seem alive and sleeping very lightly..." What might Steinbeck be insinuating by describing her dead body this way? Discussion Do you think Curley was justified at all in wanting Lennie dead?

Do you think something would have inevitably gone wrong for George and Lennie, or could disaster have been avoided? Why?

From the events in this chapter, why do you think "everyone's so afraid of each other," like Slim said? Is this sentiment still true of the world today? From your current groups, we will mix you all up into new groups, assigned to a different character.

Number Character
1 Lennie
2 Curley's wife
3 George
4 Candy
5 Slim

You are to come up with a way in which the situation could still go awry despite the new action proposed by the previous group for the character you have now been assigned to.
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