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Of Mice and Men

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men

By John Steinbeck In "Of Mice and Men”, the writing style of John Steinbeck has an important effect. He writes the story from the point of view of many people. Using this kind of writing style, he brings in many emotions of the different characters. For example, Candy's feelings were expressed, when Carlson was attempting to persuade him to kill his old dog. The way that this part was expressed, it makes the reader feel like he or her was there. Another factor that contributes to this scene is the details and descriptions of the characters and surroundings. This is put to its conclusion by Steinbeck.
Throughout the story, he builds up the belief of the readers and makes them believe that someday George and Lennie would own a farm. But at the end, George shoots Lennie. George also realizes that their dreams would never come true.
John Steinbeck does use an omniscient point of view in his writings in Of Mice And Men and he also signs certain foreshadowing’s that might go unnoticed if the reader is not paying attention. Steinbeck's descriptions of the characters are rich and detailed and he finds useful adjectives that give a description to everything. The dialect between characters draws a picture of how the characters speak instead of just what they say. All in all, Steinbeck's greatest utensil in his writings in Of Mice And Men is the diction. Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men was published in 1937 which John Steinbeck set on the harsh times during the Great Depression of the 1930's, which was a profit downfall that began in some countries in 1928. a serious of droughts occurred creating dust boels, which resulted in cop failures. this meant that there was more unemployment and crop prices fell. Many families packed up their belongings and moved to Calforinia in search of work and home. Unemployed people begged for of life and survival. However, for those who manged to find work had to accept very had working conditions and very low pay. Many people had to become migrant workers moving from ranch to ranch in search of work. Of Mice and Men portrays the sharsh stuggles of people and migrant workers who struggled with life in America, during the Great Depression. The same situation happens to Lennie and George as they want to get enough money to buy a piece of land of their own.
Context Characters George
George Is Lennie’s friend and the one who protects him. George is small and wirey with a quick and resourceful mind. In the book we learn alot about George as person. When he is first see Steinbeck describes as, “Small, quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong feature” In many ways, George is a typical migrant farm worker, a poor and lonely men who traveled from ranch to ranch looking for work during the Great Depression. But George differs from these often bitter men because of his friendship with Lennie, which keeps him, in his own words, from getting mean. Though George sometimes resents Lennie as a burden, he also deeply loves him, and shares with him a dream of owning their own farm. Lennie & George Lennie
Lennie is huge and immensely strong, but a mental disability makes him entirely dependent on George, especially after his Aunt Clara dies (before the novella begins). He is repeatedly compared to animals in the strong. The first time we see Lennie, he is immediately compared animal, “...and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws.” (Chapter 1, pg.4.). Another example when he falls to his knees and slurps water from the river, just as a horse might, or a dog drinks water from a bowl. George says, “You’ll drink out of a gutter if you was thirsty.”(Chapter 3, pg.3.) Lennie is the most innocent, gentle, and kind character in the novel even though
he is giant and lumbering. Candy & Curley
 Is an old handyman who greets George and Lennie at the ranch. The owner of an old dog, who is described as the “loneliest guy in the world” . (Chapter pg..)Candy is himself crippled who lost his hand in an accident on the ranch. Candy is a man who has been broken by life in general and the depression in particular. Curley
Curley is the son of the Boss of the ranch, who uses his position to push the other ranch workers around. Curley is a bully who looks for trouble and weaker people to humiliate. He is also mean-spirited, violent, and insecure. Though he is the only married man on the ranch, he’s extremely jealous and suspicious of his wife, and he tends to overcompensate for his lack of height by picking fights with larger men because he like bigger guys. “Curley’s like a lot of guys. He alla time picking scarps with big guys. Kind of like he’s mad at em’ because he ain’t a big guy.” (Chapter 2 ph.26.) He hates big guys but all Curley cares most about is looking strong. Curley's Wife and Slim Curley’s wife
 Curley’s wife is the only female character in the novel. The men on the ranch refer to her as a “Tramp”, a “Tart” and a “looloo”, because she flirts with them. She is seen as a slag because she is lonely but she dresses neatly to () “She had full, roughed lips and wipe-spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her fingernails were red. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like sausages. She wore a cotton dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich features.” (Chapter 3, pg.31.) They consider her dangerous because her attention might cause them to get fired, or worse. But beneath her sexy exterior, Curley’s wife is deeply lonely, and has dashed dreams of her own. Crooks
He is the stable manager, and the only black man on the farm. Crook’s name comes from his crooked back, the result of a kick from a horse. He is isolated from the other men because of the colour of his skin. He is proud bitter and caustically funny. Crooks protects his feelings by keep them to himself. Crooks is bitter from a lifetime of lonely segregation. He thinks of himself as a cynic, and immediately sees that George and Lennie’s dream of owning a farm will never come true nor succeed. Yet at the same time, he can’t entirely resist the beauty of the dream, and wants to be a part of it. Crooks & Carlson The Boss & Aunt Clara AND Whit The Boss
The man who runs the ranch, and Curley’s father, who we meet in Chapter 2. He is a good man and likeable. He is quick to anger and suspicion, but is otherwise fair. Like his son, the boss wears fancy boots to show that he occupies a station above the ranch hands. The boss never says much! He doesn’t say a lot of words or speak very much like the other characters. Whit is a “young laboring man”, who is important for one particular scene when he shows the other workers a letter in a magazine, written by a worker he had known on the ranch previously, this shows their longing for relationships. Aunt Clara
Aunt Clara cared for Lennie until her death. She is described as a “plump woman with thick glasses”. She is very kind. Though not an actual character in the novel, but she does actually appear in the novel except in the end, as a vision chastising lennie for causing trouble for George. Plot Plot The American Dream Themes In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, every character has a different dream to strive to one another. The poor ranch workers wish to be their own bosses, and actually have stability in their lives.
His dreams are owning a farm with Lennie on the “fat of the land” where they could do anything together and raise enough money. He also wanted to do all the work so he could get his own pleasure from it. But later we realise that this isn’t really Georges dream. His real dream is wanting friendship. We know this when George kills Lennie.
For Lennie it is expectation of simply being able to tender animals specially rabbits all day long. He likes this idea because she likes to pet things and the small things he finds as he is travelling around, like mice, are too easily hurt or killed when he pets them heavily. Rabbits are big enough for him to look after without hurting them.
Curley wife
Her dream is to be an actress. She says, “That a guy told her he could put her in pictures.” It sticks out more than any other character’s dream. She wants be become more noticeable throughout the novella and feel like a wanted person This dream is important because it shows her loneliness, bordrem, the way she is ignored and unappreciated.
Curley wants to be respected
Candy’s dream is to own a farm with Lennie and George. he wants to be useful but feels old, useless, and unconnected to anything or anyone at the ranch.
Crooks dream is wanting to achieve respect, power and a sense of belonging. He has faced a lot of discrimination and racism without his life. Loneliness Loneliness plays an important role in Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck clearly illustrates this theme through Curley’s wife, Candy, and Crooks, Lennie, George, companionship and a sense of belonging. All five characters face problems and negative feeling because of their loneliness. Each character experiences degrees of isolation.
Curley’s wife
She is a lonely character because her husband is not the friend she hopes for, “why can’t I talk to you? I never get to talk to anybody. I get awful lonely.” This show how desperate she wants company. She deals with loneliness by flirting around with the other ranch, which causes Curley to increase his abusiveness and jealousy. All the when avoid her, because of Curley’s jealously. She is involved in a loveless marriage.
Candy is lonely after his old dog id shoot on the back of the head by Carlson. He feared and experiences loneliness without his dog.
Is lonely too. He stuck the theme loneliness candidly as “a guy goes nuts if he ain’t got anybody.”
Lennie and George
Even though all the workers travel along and none of which have a friendship like George and Lennie, they both experience loneliness by their companionship of their loneliness in the novel. Friendship
The story Of Mice and Men explores the dynamics of male friendship.

Lennie and George
When Lennie asks George to tell him why they’re not like other ranches. George explains that they’re different because they have each other. Usually ranches have no family, no friends, and, therefore, no future basically. Their friendship strikes the other ranch workers as odd. They’re the best of friends, where George takes care of Lennie.

Slim had a dog called Lulu also had a friendship relationship. Friendship Of Mice and Men is set in the Soledad’s Valley, of Southern California during the Great Depression. In the 1930’s.

The main setting/events that occur in the book are, the following:

On the banks of Soledad river, in a ranch.
George and Lennie build a fire and stay by the river instead of going to the ranch. Lennie tries to hide a mouse which George throws away.

The bunk house
When first arrive at the ranch, they meet the boss. The boss is angry that they didn’t arrive earlier. Curley comes in and instantly dislikes Lennie. They are both told about Crooks. George anxious about how lennie re3acts to Curley’s wife. Then he remembers the incident in Weed.

The bunk house
in the second setting event in the bunk house, Candy’s dog is shoot by Carlson. He convinces Candy to put the dog out of its misery. Then a fight goes on between Lennie and Curley. Then Lennie breaks Curley’s hand. George and Lennie allow Candy into their dream to cheer him a bit, because he lost his old dog and because he has money $350.

Crooks Room
Crooks chats with Lennie. They chat about farms and lands. Then Curley’s wife comes in and interrupts them. She threatens to get Crooks “canned”.

Lennie while in the Barn accidentally kills his puppy. Then Curley’s wife comes in and flirts with Lennie. This was a big mistake. He then got a bit rough and accidentally breaks her neck when he was stroking her Hair. Curley finds out and threatens to kill him. Lennie disappears hiding in the brush.

On the banks of Soledad- in the brush.
George finds Lennie and they talk. George has stolen Carlson’s gun and shoots Lennie in the back of the head. The killing echoes the shooting of Candy’s dog. George doesn’t want anybody else to hurt him, but him. Settings/Events In The Book Mice
Mice are mostly linked with lennie. They symbolise comfort, and weakness but also false hopes and plans.
The first mouse we see in the mood is dead.
-this is a big clue about how much faith Lennie should put into his dreams of comfort.
Mice reminds the reader that fate and destiny do not discriminate the tiniest creatures and the tallest and strongest creatures can still suffer from bad luck and factors out to their control.
They also show us how Lennie lacks control of his strength.
•The river near the brush is a ‘safe place’. Symbolising beginning and end.
•The barn is not a so safe place.
-it’s built to keep things safe, but death and conflict occurs there.
•The bunkhouse is all the negative emotions. In the bunkhouse, men are cruel and jealous, and fights often occur.
•Crooks room represents discrimination. Even though he has his privacy, we see threats and name-calling take place
under the roof. Symbols Rabbits
Rabbits give the reader a big clue about the men’s dreams Lennie always talks about the rabbits, but the dream could always be and shattered by one “bad thing.” Failure is so common, these dreams are impossible.
George and Lennie hope to one day own a farm. The thing that Lennie wants the most is the rabbits, “and I get to tend the rabbits”. The rabbits are soft and furry that’s why Lennie loves to feel things like that. His love of soft things leads to his death.
They represent the simple life, just like Lennie simple need for soft things.
When Lennie hallucinates the giant rabbit, it tells him that his dream will never come true, suggesting that he knew this deep down. Dogs
Dogs are meant to be man’s best friend. The way the men treat their dogs in the novel reflect how the men treat their friends.
Dogs represent all the good at loyal people in the world, and how they are over looked.

Candy’s Dog
One of the symbols is Candy’s dog being shot. This part is also a foreshadowing of Lennie’s death. Lennie got shot by George because George wanted Lennie to have a quick, painless death unlike Curley.

Lennie’s Puppy
Lennie and his puppy are very similar in the way that they are both innocent and weak and need strong people to take care of them. George is the strong person that takes care of Lennie, and the puppy, Lennie is strong. The death of the puppy also foreshadows Lennie’s death. Lennie
Lennie represents the wise fool- someone who speaks the truth because he says what he sees. He displays animal instincts love. Characters and what
they symbolise. George
George is the character most readers identify with, symbolising everyday struggles. Crooks and Candy
They symbolise people who are discriminated against. People treat them badly. Carlson
Carlson represents the average man, who is not interested in anyone else unless their actions affect him. Slim
He symbolises the Godlike hero, who thinks carefully and considers others. All men look up to him but fail to understand how to be like him. Curley’s wife
Curley’s wife represents Eve, who trampled men and caused his downfall. Curley represents the men who over compensate to impress others, and don’t care who they destroy. Writing Style The End By Anab Ahmed The book opens with two migrant workers, George and Lennie, who flee from a village called Weed, because of an incident that occurred with Lennie. When they escape they are then been let off a bus miles away from the California farm where they are due to start work. George is a small, dark man with “sharp, strong features.” Lennie, his companion, is his opposite, a giant of a man with a “shapeless” face. Lennie gets thirsty, so they stop by a river and decide to camp for the night. Lennie has a mild mental disability, and is deeply devoted to George and dependent upon him for protection and guidance. George finds that Lennie, who loves petting soft things but often accidentally kills them, has been carrying and stroking a dead mouse. George angrily throws it away, fearing that Lennie might catch a disease from the dead animal. George complains loudly that his life would be easier without having to care for Lennie. But he and Lennie share a dream of buying their own piece of land, farming it, and, much to Lennie’s delight, keeping rabbits. George ends the night by treating Lennie to the story he often tells him about what life will be like in such an idyllic he next day, the men report to the nearby ranch. George, fearing how the boss will react to Lennie, insists that he’ll do all the talking. He lies, explaining that they travel together because they are cousins and that a horse kicked Lennie in the head when he was a child. They are hired. They meet Candy, an old “swamper,” or handyman, with a missing hand and an ancient dog, and Curley, the boss’s mean-spirited son. Curley is newly married, possessive of his flirtatious wife, and full of jealous suspicion. Once George and Lennie are alone in the bunkhouse, Curley’s wife appears and flirts with them. Lennie thinks she is “purty,” but George, sensing the trouble that could come from tangling with this woman and her husband, warns Lennie to stay away from her. Soon, the ranch-hands return from the fields for lunch, and George and Lennie meet Slim, the skilled mule driver who is respected by many people on the ranch. Slim comments on the rarity of friendship like that between George and Lennie. Carlson, another ranch-hand, suggests that since Slim’s dog has just given birth, they should offer a puppy to Candy and shoot Candy’s old, good-for-nothing dog.

The next day, George confides in Slim that he and Lennie are not cousins, but have been friends since childhood. He tells how Lennie has often gotten them into trouble. For instance, they were forced to flee their last job because Lennie tried to touch a woman’s dress and was accused of rape. Slim agrees to give Lennie one of his puppies, and Carlson continues to badger Candy to kill his old dog. When Slim agrees with Carlson, saying that death would be a welcome relief to the suffering animal, Candy gives in. Carlson, before leading the dog outside, promises to do the job painlessly.
Slim goes to the barn to do some work, and Curley, who is maniacally searching for his wife, heads to the barn to accost Slim. Candy overhears George and Lennie discussing their plans to buy land, and offers his life’s savings if they will let him live there too. The three make a pact to let no one else know of their plan. Slim returns to the bunkhouse, berating Curley for his suspicions. Curley, searching for an easy target for his anger, finds Lennie and picks a fight with him. Lennie crushes Curley’s hand in the bunk house. Slim warns Curley that if he tries to get George and Lennie fired, he will be the laughingstock of the farm.

The next night, most of the men go to the local brothel. Lennie is left with Crooks, the lonely, black stable-hand, and Candy. Curley’s wife flirts with them, refusing to leave until the other men come home. She notices the cuts on Lennie’s face and suspects that he, and not a piece of machinery as Curley claimed, is responsible for hurting her husband. This thought amuses her. The next day, Lennie accidentally kills his puppy in the barn. Curley’s wife enters and flirts with him. She admits that life with Curley is a disappointment, and wishes that she had followed her dream of becoming a movie star. Lennie tells her that he loves petting soft things, and she offers to let him feel her hair. Then she gets afraid and when he grabs too tightly, she cries out. In his attempt to silence her, he accidentally breaks her neck.
Lennie flees back to a river of the Soledad River that George had told him to go and hide there if he ever gets in trouble. As the men back at the ranch discover what has happened and gather together a lynch party, George goes and finds Lennie. Much to Lennie’s surprise, George is not mad at him for doing “a bad thing.” George begins to tell Lennie the story of the farm they will have together. As he describes the rabbits that Lennie will tend, the sound of the approaching lynch party grows louder. George shoots Lennie in the back of the head. When the other men arrive, George lets them believe that Lennie had the gun, and George wrestled it away from him and shot him. Only Slim understands what has really happened, that George has killed his friend out of mercy.

Carlson is another ranch worker who shoots Candy’s dog in the back of the head by convincing Candy to put the dog out of its misery. Though he isn’t cruel, Carlson is without sentimentality, and has no qualms about killing or getting rid of anything that’s no longer useful. Carlson is described as a powerful, big stomached man came into the bunk house. His head still dripped water from scrubbing and dousing. “Hi Slim,” he said, and then stopped and stared at George and Lennie. (Chapter , pg.35.) He is described as “the loneliest guy in the world”. (Chapter , pg.36.) Slim
 A skilled mule driver with an ageless face, a grave manner, and a calm authority on how to run a ranch. He is the only person who has respect for Curley and respect for everyone on the ranch. Also he is the most self-assured men of all men, he is the only one who never takes a swipe at anyone else in order to make himself feel stronger or better. Slim is described as a leader and the “prince of ranch”, on (Chapter , pg..). He is also the only one of the ranch hands who truly understands and appreciates the power and purity of the friendship between George and Lennie.
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