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Of Mice and Men

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
NEIL YOUNG "SOUTHERN MAN"
The song "How to Save a Life" is all about trying to save the life of someone you love and care about, except for the fact that your not sure what to do. "Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend somewhere along in the bitterness." This song would go very well with the scene in the book when Carlson takes away Candy's dog to go shoot him. "At last Carlson said, "If you want me to, Ill go put the old devil out of his misery right now and get it over with" (47). Candy could of saved his beloved dog, but he just did not know what to do. Its sad because Carlson the
Antagonist
peer pressured Candy in to getting rid of his dog, when Candy just wanted to keep his best friend around. While Carlson took the dog away, Candy just laid in his cot waiting for it to end. "A shot sounded in the distance" (49). The main
conflict
of this scene was that Candy just wanted to leave his dog around a little longer, but Carlson convinced him that it was time for the dog to go.
Queen "You're My Best Friend"
The song "You're My Best Friend" hits home with one of the main
themes
from Of Mice and Men; a best friend can help you through some tough times and they'll always have your back. "You're the best friend I ever had." This song perfectly describes the friendship and bond of brotherhood that George and Lennie had. "A guy needs somebody-to be near him." He whined, "A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody"(72). The
mood
of the song is very joyful and warming, it has an attitude of a close friendship and a bond between two people that makes them best friends. The song talks about being there for the other person and always having each others back, well that's just like George and Lennie, always having each others back. "Because i got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you"(14).
Santana "Black Magic Woman"
The song "Black Magic Woman" is all about a mysterious woman who uses her beauty to draw men towards her, then tricking them and leaving them in a wink of an eye. "I got a black magic woman got me so blind I cant see." The moral of the song is be careful when choosing the kind of women you want to associate yourself with, because the bad ones will get you into some trouble. As soon as we meet Curly's wife, we can use
foreshadowing
and assume that she is going to be some trouble to Lennie and George. This song goes perfect with Curly's wife and how she's always flirting with the men on the farm and using her beauty to grab their attention and cause trouble. "She put her hands behind her back and leaned against the door frame so that her body was thrown forward"(31). The woman in the song was a tease, just like Curly's wife who was always trying to cause trouble where it was not wanted. "You got no call foolin' aroun' with other guys, causin' trouble"(77). The main
conflict
of the song is just to stay away from the bad, flirty type of women. If Lennie would have just been able to keep away from Curly's wife, then maybe he would of still been living at the end of the book.
Jay-Z "Who Gon Stop Me"

The song "Who Gon Stop Me" has a
tone
of being unstoppable, relentless, determined. "Who gon stop me huh?" This song goes great with the scene in the book when Lennie grabs a hold of Curly's hand and won't let go, George was barely able to stop him. "George shouted over and over, "Leggo his hand, Lennie"(64). Just like in the song and book, Lennie's to powerful to be stopped and to determined to let go until he feels like he's won. "It looks like, I don't know how to lose." Lennie did not want to let go of Curly's hand until he felt safe, after all George did tell him to fight back. "You tol' me to, George," (64). The

conflict
in Of Mice and Men was that Lennie did not want to let go of Curly's hand until he knew that he was safe and had finally defeated Curly. Once he let go of Curly's now destroyed hand, Lennie was in a world of trouble.
I believe that this song is a good example of the
theme
that is portrayed throughout the book Of Mice and Men. George and Lennie both had to do what they needed to survive the tough times and all the changes that were happening in the South. "Southern man better keep your head" "Southern change gonna come at last" Meanwhile they were just looking for a place to call home. "O.K. someday-we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres" (14). The
mood
of the song gives off a depressing vibe, it makes the listener feel bad for the people that lived and worked in the south back then. This song is all about southern men working through the hardships of the South and trying to live the best life they could. Back then in the South most men lived place to place, worked farm to farm just looking for something new, a change. "I wrote Murray and Ready I wanted two men this morning. You got your work slips" (21) ?
The Fray "How To Save a Life"
Queens "Under Pressure"
This song is all about the pressure that we face in life from the hard decisions that we have to make. The pressure that we feel in life can actually feel like a force is pushing down on us. "Insanity laughs, under pressure we're breaking." The scene in the book when George has to make the decision to shoot Lennie or let him suffer a much worse death would have been a lot more personal if it would have been told from George's
point of view
. "George raised the gun and his hand shook, and he dropped his hand to the ground again" (105). George had a lot of pressure on himself, either shoot Lennie or let him get locked up and treated like an animal. "An' s'pose they lock him up an' strap him down and put him in a cage' (97). This song hits home with one of the main
conflicts
of the book; George was always under pressure trying to take care of Lennie and keep him out of trouble, but he just could not do it.
Kanye West "Stronger"
This song is all about physical and mental strength, and the things we go through in life can help us become stronger. "Now that don't kill me, can only make me stronger." The
symbol
of the song is when certain things affect and hurt you, in the end they make you stronger and give you the strength to do anything. "He's sure a hell of a good worker. Strong as a bull" (22). The
mood
of the scene is very powerful and moving, because Lennie has the physical strength to do anything. Lennie can take on anyone or anything and still prevail. "Curly's fist was swinging when Lennie reached for it. His closed fist was locked in Lennie's big hand" (63). He was physically strong but not mentally strong, he was the cause of his own death.
Jet "Look What You've Done"
This song is all about someone who messed up and ruined things for himself and other people around him. "Oh, look what you've done you've made a fool of everyone." The meaning of the song is don't go around messing things up for yourself and others, which perfectly describes the scene when Lennie kills Curly's wife. "And he shook her; and her body flopped like a fish" (91). The
rising action
of this book is when Lennie kills Curly's wife. Not only did Lennie's actions effect him but it also effected the people around him just like the song says. After Lennie killed her things would never be the same, there would not be any rabbits, alfalfa, land or farm house. "You an' me can get that little place, can't we, George? Can't we" (94)? The
mood
is very up setting and sad, because George, Lennie and Candy where so close to getting there own place but Lennie had to mess things up for everyone.
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