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OF MICE AND MEN
Transcript of OF MICE AND MEN
"...if I was alone I could live so easily... an what I got ... I got you...I want you to stay with me." (11)
"Lennie whined, 'I wisht George was here. I wisht George was here.'" (40)
"To a Mouse" By Robert Burns
Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim'rous beastie,
O,what a panic's in thy beastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to to rin an' chase thee
Wi' murd'ring prattle!
I'm truly sorry Man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle,
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen-icker in a thrave 'S a sma' request:
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!
Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!
"'Why ain't you wanted?' Lennie asked ''Cause I'm black."' (34)
OF MICE AND MEN
Eng. 9 H/P.3
Thou saw the fields laid bare an' wast,
An' weary Winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.
That wee-bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald.
To thole the Winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!
But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Still, thou art blest, compar'd wi' me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e'e,
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!
I like this quote because it is an example of children's innocence and how racism can only be taught. I feel that by having Lennie talk to Crooks, instead of isolating him like the other ranch hands do, was a smart move by Steinbeck because it allows the reader to further understand the way Lennie thinks. This is shown by the scene where Lennie talks to Crooks without any weirdness, showing just how child like his brain is and therefore proving children are often not racist because they don't know any differently than what is taught.
I really like this quote because it shows George and Lennie's companionship. Also, Even though George thinks it would be easier without Lennie, he still likes his company. I like how they have a sibling bond, where even though they don't always like each other at the end of the day, they love each others company.
"'If you want me to, I'll put the old devil out of his misery right now and get it over with.'" (24)
I like this quote because it helps me, as the reader, to understand even more how much Lennie has grown to depend on George. This also puts emphasis on the importance of George and Lennie's relationship to not only George, but especially Lennie. Lennie has come to know George as someone of safety so, like in this quote, when he is in a time of need he immediately wants help from George.
"We got a future." (14)
I like how George and Lennie come up with this Fantasized life style they dream of. Even with the smallest amount of money they still have big dreams and hope. Their "fixed income" doesn't get in the way of their goals and desires.
"Looks to me like ever' bone in his han' is bust" (64)
This is when Lennie broke Curley's hand. This reminds me of the old saying, never judge a book by its cover. I really like how Lennie proved Curley wrong, even though he is mental, he is a big guy and is very strong.
I like this quote because the death of Candy's dog foreshadows Lennie's death at the end of the book and creates many similarities between Lennie and Candy's dog. I also like how after finishing the book I realized that Steinbeck created many similarities between the two deaths, for example they were both shot in the back of the head and their deaths were both the end of important companionship. This also made me realize the relationship between Candy and his dog was parallel to George and Lennie's. This similarity is continued throughout the book because Candy remarks how he should have killed the dog himself, and then at the end of the book George ends up killing Lennie.
"You'd drink out of a gutter if you was thirsty" (3)
I really like how in this quote you can really tell Lennie's mental retardation coming out. Most grown men wouldn't have drank out of a gutter, but Lennie's doesn't mind. I really like how careless Lennie is and how he doesn't care what others think of him. This quote also offers the first glance at Lennie's personality and challenges he will face throughout the book. I also like how instead of right out saying that Lennie has the mental capacity of a child, the author instead drops hints in the way that he describes Lennie's actions, for example the way he drinks the water.
Lennie and Curley's WIfe
1. They are both lonely. Since Lennie's disability he doesn't have many friends and Curley's Wife doesn't do anything to get friends besides the men on the ranch.
2. Both had big dreams. Lennie's dream is to get a piece of land and Curley's Wife wants to be a movie star.
3. They both are dependent on another person. Lennie is dependent on George and Curley's Wife is dependent on Curley.
4. They have child like interest like touching soft things. In Chapter 5 Lennie and Curley's wife both talk about their love for soft things like velvet.
5. There both followers. Lennie follows George around and Curley's wife is always on the Ranch looking for Curley.
6. They were both killed. They were both killed while talking about their dreams that they never fulfilled.
7. They are both social outcast and are treated differently. People treat Lennie differently because of his mental retardation and Curley's wife is treated differently because she is married Curley and she is the only women on the ranch.
8. There both emotionally weak. Both Lennie and Curley's wife seem to be fine on the outside (Lennie's strong build and Curley's wife being she is a woman) but on the inside feel differently. Lennie has his disability and acts like a little kid and Curley's wife reveals that she is sad and lonely and doesn't love Curley.
"George was a long in time answering. 'Guess...we gotta tell the...guys.'" (46)
I like this quote because it is a good example of George's personality and how he is a good man. This is also important because this is when George realizes that the damage that Lennie has done is far too great for him to try and fix. This represents a very sad moment for George because he understands that its for the best that Lennie is captured, but he also knows that the relationship he had with Lennie would be over forever once he told the guys..