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Of Mice and Men

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
Progressive Foreshadowing
Figurative Language
1) "The curls, tiny little sausages, were spread on the hay behind her head..." (pg 93)
Curley's wife's hair is curled so tightly, that Steinbeck used a metaphor to directly compare it to sausages.
2) "Well, you keep away from her, 'cause she's a rat-trap if I ever seen one." (pg 32)
This metaphor is used to describe Curley's wife to a rat-trap.
3) "You keep me in hot water all the time." (pg 11)
George says this to show his discomfort with Lennie, and how Lennie always gets them in trouble.
4) "We don't want no pants rabbits." (pg 18)
George uses this to state that he doesn't want the bugs that might be in their new beds jumping around in his pants.
5) "Bus-driver give us a bum steer," (pg 21)
George says this to explain that the bus driver gave them the wrong directions.
6) "Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water..." (pg 3)
In this metaphor, Lennie's hand is compared to a bear's paw.
7) "Maybe that's why Curley's pants is full of ants." (pg 28)
This shows that Curley is nervous.
1) "On the sand banks the rabbits sat as quietly as little gray, sculptured stones." (pg 2)
The rabbits are compared to statues because they were sitting so still.
2) "...in and out of the beams flies shot like rushing stars." (pg 18)
This describes the quick movements of the flies to be like shooting stars.
3) "...drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse." (pg 3)
This simile is relating the way Lennie drinks water to the way a horse drinks water.
4) "Strong as a bull." (pg 22)
In this simile, George compares Lennie's strength to that of a bull.
5) "He's jes' like a kid, ain't he." (pg 43)
Here, Slim is observing the way Lennie reacts like a child to George's
6) "The hay came down like a mountain slope to the other end of the barn." (pg 84)
This is used to compare the large amounts of hay to a mountain.
7) "His hair is jus' like wire." (pg 90)
Curley's wife uses this simile to describe Curley's coarse hair.
1) "The afternoon sun sliced in through the cracks of the barn walls..." (pg 84)
This is used to describe how the rays of sun were coming through the walls of the barn.
2) "A dove's wings whistled over the water." (pg 10)
This personification is used to describe how the dove's wing moved.
3) "The sycamore leaves whispered in a little night breeze." (pg 16)
The leaves are said to have whistled because of the way they moved in the breeze.
4) "The shade climbed up the hills toward the top." (pg 2)
This is used to describe how the sun set and the shade started to cover everything.
5) "...a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment." (pg 93)
This sentence describes how the moment seemed to last for a very long time before it passed.
6) "But the barn was alive now." (pg 93)
This is used to describe the lively activity in the barn.
7) "The sycamore leaves turned up their silver sides..." (pg 99)
In this sentence, the appearance of the leaves was descibed.
8) "The light climbed on out of the valley..." (pg 100)
The light can not climb, but this is used to describe how the sun is setting and light is leaving the valley.
Throughout the book, George tells Lennie that one day they will own a farm with rabbits for Lennie to tend. This is seemingly all that Lennie looks forward to, and he tries to behave so that George will not take the rabbits away from him. Lennie's hope of having rabbits symbolizes his American Dream; he does everything he can to reach this fantasy. Generally, rabbits are quick and hard to catch which symbolizes the challenge of attaining one's dreams. At the end of the story, Lennie hears and sees in his hallucination a giant rabbit with his own voice, symbolizing how his own actions led to him not being able to accomplish his dream, and how the thought of rabbits now scares him that he and George won't create their dream.
"I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog." (pg 61)
"First chance I get I'll give you a pup. Maybe you wouldn't kill it." (pg 13)
"'He ain’t no good to you, Candy. An’ he ain’t no good to himself. Why’n’t you shoot him, Candy?'” (pg 44)
“'Yeah. I had ‘im ever since he was a pup. God, he was a good sheepdog when he was younger.'” (pg 24)
“'She slang her pups last night,' said Slim. 'Nine of ‘em. I drowned four of ‘em right off. She couldn’t feed that many.'”(pg 35)
"George handed the pup to him. 'Awright. You get him back there quick, and don’t you take him out no more. You’ll kill him, the first thing you know.'” (pg 43)
"Lennie sat in the hay and looked at a little dead puppy that lay in front of him." (pg 85)
"'I remember about the rabbits, George.' 'The hell with the rabbits. That’s all you can ever remember is them rabbits.'" (pg 4)
" From out of Lennie’s head there came a gigantic rabbit." (pg 101)
"Lennie’s eyes moved sadly to George’s face. 'If I get in any trouble, you ain’t gonna let me tend the rabbits.'" (pg 30)
"'Tell about what we’re gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that, George.'” (pg 14)
"'Tend rabbits,' it said scornfully. 'You crazy bastard. You ain't fit to lick the boot of no rabbit. You'd forget 'em and let 'em go hungry.'" (pg 102)
"The rabbits hurried noiselessly for cover." (pg 2)
" Trouble with mice is you always kill 'em." (pg 13)
"'That mouse ain't fresh, Lennie; and besides, you've broke it pettin' it.'" (pg 9)
"'They was so little,' he said apologetically. 'I'd pet 'em, and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead - because they was so little.'" (pg 10)
“'Uh-uh. Jus’ a dead mouse, George. I didn’t kill it. Honest! I found it. I found it dead.'” (pg 5)
"George stood up and threw the mouse as far as he could into the darkening brush, and then he stepped to the pool and washed his hands." (pg 9)
The first place we see mice in the story is in the title. This shows us that there will be some sort of comparison of mice and men in the story. Next, in the story we learn that Lennie likes to pet mice because they are soft and nice, but he often kills them by petting them too hard. The mice can represent Lennie because they are fragile, innocent and powerless; when they bit his fingers, they did not see the consequences it would bring and were quickly crushed by his hands without knowing why or what they did wrong, similar to Lennie's experiences. This is also the first foreshadowing of Lennie's death in the end of the story.
There are a few dogs in this story that can represent different things. Candy's old, crippled dog, can represent Lennie himself. The dog is loyal and obedient to Candy but it is also old and usually gets in the way, similar to Lennie and George's relationship. Although the dog was a comfort, it was also a burden to Candy in the same way Lennie was to George. When Candy was forced to kill his dog, he regretted not doing it himself, which foreshadows George shooting Lennie himself at the end of the story. The fact that Slim killed some pups because they were too hard to take care of represents how George felt that it was too much of a responsibility to always take care of Lennie, and how he kills him in the end. Finally, the pup that Lennie kills can also represent him the same way that the mice do in the sense that they are innocent and ignorant of the consequences of thier actions.
"Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose." (pg 2)
"Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water and wiggled his fingers so the water arose in little splashes;" (pg 3)
"Curley says he’s keepin’ that hand soft for his wife" (pg 27)
"...his hands closed into fists." (pg 25)
"In one hand he held a bottle of liniment, and with the other he rubbed his spine... he poured a few drops of the liniment into his pink-palmed hand and reached up under his shirt to rub again." (pg 67)
"He was dressed in blue jeans and he carried a big push-broom in his left hand...He pointed with his right arm, and out of the sleeve came a round stick-like wrist, but no hand." (pg 18)
The Boss
"His thumbs were stuck in his belt, on each side of a square steel buckle." (pg 20)
Curley's Wife
"Her fingernails were red." (pg 31)
"His hands, large and lean, were as delicate in their action as those of a temple dancer." (pg 34)
"Slim’s hands were black with tar..." (pg 61)
George is a small man with small but capable hands. They are precise and careful, similar to his own personality. His hands are quick and can accomplish the work that they need to get done.
The fact that Candy is carrying a broom when he is first introduced shows us that he is not a very highly skilled worker. He also has lost a hand in a farm accident which symbolizes that he is incomplete, physically and emotionally working at this farm.
Curley always wants to be better than everyone else so he likes to show off by saying he keeps his hand soft for his wife so the other men feel inferior to him because they are lonely. He is also and angry character, so his hands are often described as fists.
Slim always helps everyone and is very well liked on the ranch, which comes from the fact that he is helpful and coordinated. Although his hands are large, they are delicate and caring. The tar on his hands shows he is a hard worker.
The way Crooks' hands are described as pink-palmed shows that he is a hard worker and uses his hands a lot.
Throughout the story the men thought that Curley's wife was out of place and provocative. This demonstrates how she was viewed by the men. Also, she conceals her true feelings of loneliness similarly to the way her nails are atificial.
This description compares Lennie's hand to the paw of a bear, implying that he has very large and strong hands, like the rest of his body. They are also clumsy, unintentionally hurting other living things.
The boss, as his name implies, is an authority figure. The position of his hands in this quote help to show his authority over the other men.
"The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features." (pg 2)
His eyes are described as restless because he is always aware and looking after Lennie so they don't get in any trouble. They are also attentive because of all of the responsibility he has taking care of Lennie.
"Behind him walked his opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, and wide, sloping shoulders;" (pg 2)
Here, Lennie's eyes are described as large and pale, which implies that he is childlike and naive in appearance and in nature.
"The boss squinted his eyes." (pg 21)
In this quote, the boss is skeptical of George and Lennie and you can tell that he will not allow anyone to lie to him.
"...a thin young man with a brown face, with brown eyes and a head of tightly curled hair...His glance was at once calculating and pugnacious." (pg )
"Curley glared at him. His eyes slipped on past and lighted on Lennie;" (pg 25)
This shows that Curley was thoughtful and aggresive. He thinks he's better then everyone and is itching to fight anyone just to win.
"'I seen her give Slim the eye. Curley never seen it. An’ I seen her give Carlson the eye.'" (pg 28)
"She had full, rouged lips and widespaced eyes, heavily made up." (pg 31)
Again, this is showing how the men on the ranch view Curley's wife as out of place and provocative. They think she is unfaithful to her husband and trying to start something with one of them.
"George looked over at Slim and saw the calm, Godlike eyes fastened on him." (pg 40)
"Slim’s eyes were level and unwinking." (pg 42)
This demonstrates how everyone looked up to Slim so much that they compared his eyes to God. It also shows that he had a calm attitude and thought things through before he did anything.
"...a lean negro head, lined with pain, the eyes patient." (pg 50)
"...his eyes lay deep in his head, and because of their depth seemed to glitter with intensity." (pg 67)
Crooks has had a lot of experience on the ranch and he knows how to handle things with patience. He also has a lot of pain in his life because of his physical disability and the prejudice directed towards him. Although he is just a stable hand, he is very wise.
"The old man looked uneasily from George to Lennie, and then back." (pg 24)
This shows that Candy is unsure. He isn't sure if he will be able to keep his job, if he should kill his dog, or if he will ever reach his dream.
By Jenna Bilgrien
Events Leading to the
Death of Curley's Wife
1) “Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain’t no place for a girl, 'specially like her.” (pg 51)
2) "She's gonna make a mess. They's gonna be a bad mess about her. She's a jail bait all set on the trigger." (pg 51)
3) "'You mean Curley's girl?' 'Yeah. Did she come in the barn?'" (pg 55)
4) "If you can't look after your own God damn wife, what you expect me to do about it?" (pg 62)
5) "'He was so little,' said Lennie. 'I was jus' plyin' with him...an's he made like he's gonna bite me...an' I made like I was gonna smack him...an' I done it. An' then he was dead." (pg 87)
6) "You ain't wanted here. We told you you ain't." (pg 79)
7) "And she looked longest at Lennie, until he dropped his eyes in embarrassment." (pg 79)
8) "She took Lennie's hand and put it on her head." (pg 90)

Events Leading to the Death of Lennie
1) "...somebody'd shoot you for a coyote if you was by yourself." (pg 13)
2) "Well look Lennie - if you just happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an' hide in the brush." (pg 15)
3) "Lennie ain’t no fighter, but Lennie’s strong and quick and Lennie don’t know no rules." (pg 27)
4) "I wish't somebody shoot me if I was old an' a cripple." (pg 45)
5) "If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head-" (pg 45)
6) "I oughtta of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t oughtta of let no stranger shoot my dog." (pg 61)
7) "'Well he's sick of you,' said the rabbit. 'He's gonna beat the hell outta you an' then go away an' leave you.'" (pg 102)

Lennie and George meet Curley's wife
They are warned that she will be trouble and is jail bait
We learn that Lennie scared a girl in Weed so they had to leave
George tells Lennie to go back to the brush and hide if he gets into trouble
Lennie breaks Curley's wife's neck
Curley's wife finds the dead puppy
Curley's wife always trys to get Lennie's attention
Lennie mentions breaking necks
Lennie and George are kicked out of Weed for scaring a girl
Candy's dog is in the way, like Lennie, and is shot in the back of the head by Carlson
George tells Lennie to hide in the brush if he gets into trouble
Lennie gets in a fight with Curley where we see how strong he is
Lennie kills his pup
Candy wishes he would've shot his dog himself
Lennie likes to touch soft thing, but often pets them too hard
Slim's dog has too many puppies so he has to kill some
Lennie kills Curley's wife
American Dream
George has a very specific dream. He knows what he wants and how he's going to get it. Throughout the book we are reminded many times of his dream of being independent on a small farm house with animals and gardens of his own.
"...I could live so easy...and get whatever I want. I could stay in a cat house all night. I could could eat any place I want, hotel or any place, and order any damn thing I could think of." (pg 11)
"Well, we'll have a big vegetable patch and rabbit hutch and chickens." (pg 15)
Lennie's dream is to own rabbits of his own that he can pet whenever he wanted to. He would have a responsibility of taking care of them and no one could tell him not to pet them. He is looking forward to the comfort and hope that the rabbits represent.
"'George, how long's it gonna be till we get that little place, an' live on the fatta the lan' - an' rabbits?'" (pg 56)
"Go on George! Tell about what we’re gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages..." (pg 14)
Candy's dream was to be useful somewhere. He didn't really care where, but he wanted to feel like he was worth something to someone.
"'Tha’s three hundred an’ fifty bucks I’d put in. I ain’t much good, but I could could and tend the chickens and hoe the garden some. How’d that be?'" (pg 59)
Curley wants to win. His dream is to become a boxer and have a loving wife and friends.
"'Got it in the finals for the Golden Gloves. He got newspaper clippings about it.'" (pg 54)
"'Yeah? Married two weeks and got the eye? Maybe that's why Curley's pants is full of ants.'" (pg 28)
Crooks' wants to be free and treated equally. He also wants a companion to share his thoughts and feelings with.
"'A guy needs somebody - to be near him...A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody.'" (pg 72)
Curley's Wife
Curley's wife has a very large dream. She wants to be a famous actress. She wants everything bigger and better and thinks she could do a lot better than Curley.
"'Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes...An' I coulda sat in them big hotels, an' had pitchers took of me...Because this guy says I was a natural.'" (pg 89)
Slim likes being a good leader. He wants to continue to be in control of the men on the ranch.
"He was a jerkline skinner, the prince of the ranch..." (pg 33)
Carlson is content with where he is now. You can tell this by the fact that he was thinking about his future at the ranch when he wanted to kill Candy's dog because of its scent.
"'Stinks like hell, too. Ever' time he comes into the bunkhouse I can smell him for two, three days.'" (pg 36)
Curley's Wife
Curley is stereotyped as a little, mean man, because that's how he acts towards the other men. He always tried to pick a fight and the other men don't respect him because of this.
"'He's alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy.'" (pg 26)
Curley's wife is judged by all of the men on the ranch throughout this book just because she is a woman. There is no proof that she has done anything with anyone but Curley, but all of the men believe she has and is trying to throw herself at them.
"'Jesus what a tramp, so that's what Curley picks for a wife.'" (pg 32)
Since Crooks is black, he is immediately thought of as lesser than the other men by everyone at the ranch.
"'I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain't wnanted in my room.'" (pg 68)
Slim is seen as the boss, and a typical skinner. The other men look up to him.
"Carlson stepped back to let Slim precede him, and then the two of them went out the door." (pg 36)
Since Lennie has a disability, everyone looks down on him and thinks he is more stupid than he is. They see him as a child who can't make any decision by himself.
"'Jus' tell Lennie what to do an' he'll do it if it don't take no figuring. He can't think of nothing to do himself...'" (pg 39)
Candy is the old man of the ranch and can't do much work anymore. He also lost one of his hands so he is crippled and can't preform any useful tasks.
"'I ain't much good with on'y one hand.'" (pg 59)
Carlson is the average ranch worker. He is prejudice towards Candy and his dog.
"'Got no teeth, damn near blind, can't eat.'" (pg 36)
George is judged by the other men because he travels around with Lennie. He is prejudice towards Lennie and always says how he could have it so much better if it weren't for Lennie.
"'God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy.'" (pg 11)
Curley's Wife
Curley always seems to be in a bad mood so not many people want to be around him. Even his own wife doesn't like him that much.
George's only companion is Lennie. Although Lennie is there with him physically, he is not there mentally. He also played solitaire a lot to symbolize this.
"'Seems like Curley ain't givin' nobody a chance.'" (pg 27)
"Almost automatically George shuffled the cards and laid out his solitare hand." (pg 55)
Slim always helps others with their problems, but there isn't really anyone to listen to him. Since he is the leader, no one else it in the same place as him and can understand him that well.
"'Guys don't need no sense to be a nice fella.'" (pg 40)
Curley's wife feels lonely because she doesn't really like Curley and he's never around, and the other men won't talk to her.
"'I never seen no body like her. She got the eye goin' all the time on everybody.'" (pg 51)
Candy is lonely because he had to kill his dog, his only companion and friend. He doesn't have anyone else left.
"'...'cause I ain;t got no relatives nor nothing.'" (pg 59)
Crooks is always left alone and ignored by all of the people on the ranch. He is lonely very often and expresses this to Lennie.
""'A guy needs somebody to be near him.'" (pg 72)
George is the only person Lennie has. When George isn't around, Lennie gets very worried and doesn't know what to do.
"'George gonna come back.'" (pg 73)
Carlson isn't satisfied, but isn't angry with where he is. He just always finds something to be controversial about.
"'The hell I ain't. Got a Luger. It won't hurt him none at all.'" (pg 47)
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