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'Of Mice and Men'

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Brianna Reckard

on 11 October 2013

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Transcript of 'Of Mice and Men'

'Of Mice and Men' By Brianna Reckard
The genre of 'Of Mice and Men' is a novella
A novella is a short story or a long short story
'Of Mice and Men' is also a fiction story
The characters in ‘Of Mice
and Men’ are:
-Curley’s Wife
The theme for 'Of Mice and Men' could be:
Of Mice and Men shows that for poor migrant workers during the Depression, the American Dream became an illusion and a trap. All the ranch hands in Of Mice and Men dream of life, liberty, and happiness, but no one ever gets it. As Crooks says when he hears of Lennie's dream to own his own farm, "Nobody ever gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land."
Questions/ Problems/Concerns
I have no questions, problems, or concerns.
Opinion/ Prediction
I did not like this story very much because I just never really got interested with it. Well I did get interested with certain events that took place and the friendship that George and Lennie had, just not the whole story.
The pages in 'Of Mice and Men' go from 1 to 107
-Chapter 5-
Lennie accidentally kills his puppy while stroking it. Curley's wife enters the barn and tries to speak to Lennie, admitting that she is lonely and how her dreams of becoming a movie star are crushed, revealing the reason she flirts with the ranch hands. After finding out that Lennie loves stroking soft things, she offers to let him stroke her hair, but panics and begins to scream when she feels his strength. Lennie becomes frightened, and in the scuffle, unintentionally breaks her neck. When the other ranch hands find the corpse, George unhappily realizes that their dream is at an end. George hurries away to find Lennie, hoping he will be at the meeting place they designated at the start of the novella in case Lennie got into trouble, knowing that there is only one thing he can do to save Lennie from the painful death that Curley's lynch mob intends to deliver.
-Chapter 6-
George meets Lennie at the designated place, the same spot they camped in the night before they came to the ranch. The two sit together and George retells the beloved story of the bright future together that they will have, knowing it is something they will never share. He then shoots Lennie in the back of the head, so that his death will be painless and happy. Curley, Slim, and Carlson find George seconds after the shooting. Only Slim realizes that George killed Lennie out of love, and gently and consolingly leads him away, while Curley and Carlson look on, unable to comprehend the subdued mood of the two men.
Key Passages
''Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us'' (Page 13-14)

- This passage is important because, toward the end of section 1, before George and Lennie reach the ranch, they camp for the night in a beautiful clearing and George assures Lennie of their special relationship. In this passage, George explains their friendship, which forms the heart of the book.
Lennie said, "George."
"I done another bad thing."
"It don't make no difference," George said, and he fell silent again. Page 103

- This quote is the most downcast quote, probably out of the whole book. Lennie knows he messed up, but he doesn't understand the extent to which he's been getting in the way of his and George's dreams. George is crushed , but it sounds like he's almost relieved that he knows his constant having to watch over Lennie and having to constantly take the blame or make up excuses for why Lennie has caused so much trouble, will be over soon.
-Chapter 1-
Two migrant field workers in California on their plantation during the Great Depression, George Milton, an intelligent but uneducated man, and Lennie Small, a man of large reputation and great strength but limited mental abilities, are on their way to another Soledad, CA. They hope to one day attain their shared dream of settling down on their own piece of land.
-Chapter 3-
In spite of the potential problems on the ranch, their dream leaps towards reality when Candy, the aged, one-handed ranch hand, offers to pitch in with George and Lennie so that they can buy a farm at the end of the month in return for permission to live with them on it. The trio are ecstatic, but their joy is overshadowed when Curley attacks Lennie. In response, Lennie, urged on by George, catches Curley's fist and crushes it, reminding the group there are still obstacles to overcome before their goal is reached.
-Chapter 4-
George feels more relaxed, since the dream seems just within their grasp, to the extent that he even leaves Lennie behind on the ranch while he goes into town with the other ranch hands. Lennie wanders into the stable, and chats with Crooks, the bitter, yet educated stable buck, who is isolated from the other workers because he is black. Candy finds them and they discuss their plans for the farm with Crooks, who cannot resist asking them if he can hoe a garden patch on the farm, despite scorning the possibility of achieving the dream.
-Chapter 2-
At the ranch, the situation appears to be menacing and dangerous, especially when the pair are confronted by Curley—the boss's small-statured aggressive son with an inferiority complex who dislikes larger men—leaving the gentle giant Lennie potentially vulnerable. Curley's flirtatious and provocative wife, to whom Lennie is instantly attracted, poses a problem as well. In sharp contrast to these two characters, the pair also meets Slim, the kind, intelligent and intuitive jerkline skinner whose dog has recently had a litter of puppies. Slim gives a puppy to Lennie.
The setting for 'Of Mice and Men' is
Soledad, CA
a wooded area next to the Salinas River
a bunkhouse on the ranch
the main barn on the ranch
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