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Symbolism in Of Mice and Men

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Emma Galloway

on 7 October 2012

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Transcript of Symbolism in Of Mice and Men

Bell Activity RAF5 - Explain and comment on writers' use of language, including grammatical and literary features at word and sentence level. Level 5-6
Some detailed explanation, with appropriate terminology, of how language is used and some comments on how the writer's language contributes to overall effect on reader.

Level 6-7
Comments begin to develop precise, perceptive analysis of how language is used with some appreciation of how the writer's language contributes to overall effect on reader.

Level 7-8
Clear appreciation and understanding of how the text structure and language use support the writer's purpose and contribute to meaning. Learning Objectives To understand Reading Assessment Focus 5.

To create a paragraph analysing symbolism in the novella 'Of Mice and Men'.

To evaluate using peer assessment. With a partner, take it in turns to explain what the pictures are symbolic of. A symbol is something that the author uses consistently to represent something else. Symbolism In groups, write down ideas which can be associated with the animal on your sheet. What is it symbolic of? Read through Section One of the novella. Highlight any point which mentions an animal and explain what these animals are symbolic of. Of Mice and Men
Section One How does Steinbeck use symbolism to portray the characters in Section One of 'Of mice and Men'? Steinbeck uses the symbol of the horse to represent Lennie in the novella ‘Of Mice and Men’. Whilst resting from their walk, Lennie is described as “snorting into the water like a horse.” The simile compares Lennie to an animal which is symbolic of power and wildness. The horse portrays Lennie as strong and powerful which is representative of his size, strength and build. However, the horse is also symbolic of the working animal. Traditionally the horse was used as a farm animal, lead by his master, to pull machinery which would be too heavy for a human. Steinbeck compares Lennie to the horse to depict his working nature and also to demonstrate the relationship between Lennie and George. Throughout the novel, Lennie follows George between their search for work during the Great Depression, and acts as the muscle to sell their skills for employment. The powerful animal imagery is symbolic of Lennie’s character and it makes the reader feel he is closer to an animal than a human. Peer Assess Swap answers with the person sitting
next to you.

Use the success criteria to mark their
work. Give them a level and explain how
they could improve their work further.
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