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Of Mice and Men

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Eleni Pamboukis

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men

Man vs. Man

There is an ongoing conflict between George and Lennie throughout the story. George is trying to keep Lennie out of trouble, since Lennie does not understand what is acceptable in society and what is not. When George talks to Lennie about Curley's wife he says, "Listen to me you crazy bastard, don't you even take a look at that bitch."

Main Conflicts
Main Conflicts
Man vs. Himself

There are a few examples when Lennie is fighting himself. When Lennie does something wrong and he knows it, he starts getting angry and metaphorically kicks himself for it. Lennie says to himself, "George is gonna give me hell... I done a bad thing," just after he kills Curley's wife.
Describe Setting
The author, John Steinbeck, has been able to write a majority of this descriptive background due to Steinbeck working on ranches during the summer.
The setting starts off at the Salinas River. "The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool," narrarates John Steinbeck. The reader assumes it's around summer time as Steinbeck states, "He took off his hat and wiped the sweat-band with his forefinger and snapped the moisture off."

By: Andrew Ertle, Leah Rogers, and Eleni Pamboukis
Period 3
Of Mice and Men
Description and Analysis of 6 Characters-
Curley's Wife
Slim is a "hell of a nice fella" and is a jerk line skinner.
Throughout the story George and Lennie are very cursory about sharing their background with others. Though Slim is the only worker who George has vented to accidentally; sharing information about Lennie and why they are there. "Like what happened in Weed-" George stops as he realizes that he's possibly given way too much information (OMAM, 42).
Who is Slim?
Who is Carlson?
Carlson is a powerful, persuasive, persistent
character in the novel. He is conveyed as adroit in this story due to his humble and intellectual acts. For example his dog had nine puppies, but he had to drown four of them due to the dog not being able to feed them. Another example of Carlson being persuasive is when he tells Slim that his dog would be in a much better place if he'd just kill him himself. Carlson speaks about the dog to Slim, "He ain't no good to himself. This ol' dog jus' suffers hisself all the time. The way I'd shoot him, he wouldn't feel nothing." By saying this, he reassures Slim that it's an intellectual and humble idea; how Carlson is portrayed as.
Themes From
Of Mice and Men
Main Conflicts
Man vs. Society
There is one main example of man vs. society, and that is Lennie not understanding social norms of the time period. When Lennie first meets Crooks Lennie asks him "Why ain't you wanted?" Crooks responds "'Cause I'm black." Due to Lennie having the mind of a child, he doesn't comprehend the message of segregation.
Works Cited Page
Of Mice and Men
, work: book, author: John Steinbeck
In the next few slides, you will be aware of 3 themes from
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men

One motif from
Of Mice and Men
is the corrupting power of women. Women are portrayed as troublesome, sly, and dirty people. Steinbeck has provided readers with some examples of corrupt women. After George told Slim about what happened in Weed George explains, "Well, that girl rabbits in an' tells the law she been raped."
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
Who is George?
George's physical appearance contains of strong
features such as his hands, his small yet fast body, and bony nose. His physical appearance embraces what his characteristics are; George is the helper and the person one can lean on for help. Throughout the story he conveys this by sharing Lennie and his' utopia- having a farm house, being independent, and being free. He repeatedly shares this story with Lennie, his partner, so that Lennie calms down and has something to look forward to. George also shares this story with Candy and Candy excitingly, frantically, jolts up and starts to reassure George too as he explains how much money he can pitch in. This was the first time that George was reassured in this story by someone. By George sharing the utopia he gives people hope and stable thought.
Candy works on the ranch as a swamper, and
has lost almost all hope in his life. This is a character who has lost his best friend, his dog. However not only did he loose his dog, but he lost it due to someone else putting it out of it's misery. Therefore Candy has to live with the regret of not shooting his dog himself. Another loss of Candy's is his hand. He used to be capable of doing hard work, but now that he's lost his hand he has to sweep the bunk house floors. Though the one person who has given him hope is George. George has shared with Candy his utopia and has given Candy the hope that he will have purpose in the world. Candy has found himself something to look forward to.
Who is Lennie?
Lennie is the complete opposite of George; he is a big guy who relies on others to care for him, known as
the other,
and is the trouble maker in this story. George is his care taker as his Aunt Clara gave him up but George doesn't think of Lennie very highly, "Course Lennie's a God damn nuisance most of the time,"
The story is created from the problem Lennie created in Weed- pulling on a girl's dress and her pleading rape. George and Lennie run to this farm and start working there, but as the story goes on the reader realizes Lennie isn't all there mentally. From instances in the text Lennie does not know about segregation, will do anything he is told, and is a child in an adult's body.
Who is Curley's Wife?
Curley's wife is someone who is portrayed as a bad person, but all along she is actually someone who has a horrible life and just needed someone to talk to. A man came up to her one day promising her money, benefits, and how she would be the next big thing, but she turned him down. Now Curley's wife is living with a boring husband, on a ranch, with no one to talk to, but since the man had proposed that to her she flaunts it. Everyday she dresses herself in feather boas and red dresses, does her hair in ringlet curls, and puts on an innocent act in front of all the men just in hope of maybe one day someone will notice her beauty and talent once again. Though since she does this, the workers think that she's just trouble. Some workers call Curley's wife a "tart" or sometimes "jail bait." Even at the end of the book Steinbeck never had revealed her true name.
Ending slide- Questions to Ask Yourself:
What do you think George would have done if someone else shot Lennie?
Will George ever get his Utopia? Why or why not?
Why do you think Steinbeck never revealed Curley's wife's name?
What would of happened if Lennie never met Curley's wife?
Why do you think Curley's wife flaunts herself towards the men?
Describing the rising action,
climax, falling
action, and resolution
One theme from
Of Mice and Men
is the impossibility of the American dream. Most of the characters admit to dreaming of another life at one time or another. As when Lennie tells almost everyone about the farm, "George said that I get to tend the rabbits."
Another motif from
Of Mice and Men
is the display of strengths and weaknesses. Lennie may be weak in the mind, but as George said and as Lennie himself repeated "He's as strong as a bull." You see, Lennie's strength is beyond his own control, since he accidentally but easily kills mice because he does not understand his own strength.
What is the climax, falling action, and resolution?
Who is Candy?
The rising action is what leads up to the climax. In Of Mice and Men there are four major rising actions. Those include Lennie and George running away from the incident that occurred in Weed and Lennie killing three things. George and Lennie were lead up to the ranch due to Lennie tugging on the woman's dress, but then Lennie started to kill things. Lennie first killed a mouse, then a dog, and now a human. Gradually the things that Lennie killed got bigger.
The climax in Of Mice and Men is when Lennie kills Curley's wife. Just as Curley's wife is struggling in Lennie's big palms, he snaps her neck and it is that moment that is the climax of the story.
The falling action in Of Mice and Men is the realization of Lennie's fault, Lennie going to the bushes, the workers finding out, and George realizing that he must shoot Lennie.
The resolution of the climax is George shooting
Lennie. Before this moment happens, George makes sure Lennie is at peace by restating their utopia. Though many others are chasing down Lennie to kill him, George bravely decides to do it himself.
Summarizing and Analyzing the Story
Summarizing and Analyzing the Story
Summarizing and Analyzing the Story
Summarizing and Analyzing the Story
Summarizing and Analyzing the Story
Summarizing and Analyzing the Story
Summarizing and Analyzing the Story
Summarizing and Analyzing the Story
"Now, look- I'll give him the work tickets, but you ain't gonna say a word. You jus' stand there and don't say nothing. If he finds out what a crazy bastard you are, we won't get no job," says George to Lennie (OMAM, 6).
Within this quote, the reader sees how afraid George is of Lennie. George has always told Lennie what to do and Lennie has always accomplished it. This is shown even when George tells Lennie to jump into a river and Lennie didn't hesitate to do that. Therefore we know that the power George holds over Lennie is huge. Though, within this quote, he knows that he does not have the control that he'd like when it comes to speaking. The reader knows this due to George having to repeat this several times. George is just cringing at the the fact that Lennie might talk.
"They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're poundin' their trail on some other ranch," says George before explaining Lennie and his' utopia (OMAM, 13).
After reading this quote the reader knows that George doesn't actually expect to get the utopia that he later explains to most of the workers on the ranch. George knew all along what he was in for- "They ain't got nothing to look ahead to," George states. By stating this utopia to multiple people, one infers that it gives George hope and status. The workers on the ranch aren't special because they have nothing to work for, but George and Lennie are different because they keep this hope.

"Hell, no. He just scared her. I'd be scared too if he grabbed me. But he never hurt her. He jus' wanted to touch that red dress, like he wants to pet the pups all the time." (OMAM 3)
In this passage, George is explaining to Slim how Lennie would never do something to intentionally hurt someone. He is explaining how Lennie doesn't know how to act, know whats acceptable, and what is not considered "right" in society. Slim is given more information about what happened in Weed. He's told by George that Lennie just wanted to touch her dress because it looked soft. Lennie doesn't understand what he is doing, if what he is doing is wrong, and he doesn't comprehend the consequences. Therefore George has to repeatedly share information with Lennie so that it might sink in.
He stopped, stopped in the middle of turning over a card. He looked alarmed and peered over at Slim. "You wouldn't tell nobody? "" (OMAM 3)
George is making sure that what he is venting and telling Slim about Lennie and their back story is only going to stay between them because George has some trust issues and doesn't want his business all around and told and he doesn't want them to find out because they would have to leave again, and find a new place to work.
"Suddenly Lennie's eyes centered and grew quiet, and mad. He stood up and walked dangerously toward Crooks. "Who hurt George?" he demanded. (OMAM 4)
Crooks could tell that Lennie wasn't all there in the head so he was just having a little fun, and messed around with Lennie. Crooks wanted to see his reaction because he knew how dependent Lennie was on George and Crooks pushed Lennie too far and made Lennie think that George wasn't going to come back so Lennie reacted and Crooks noticed that Lennie could hurt him because he made him angry, and worried about George.
"Curley's wife laughed. "O.K., Machine. I'll talk to you later. I like machines." (OMAM 4)
The guys didn't want anyone to know that Lennie hurt Curley because they didn't want Lennie to get killed. Curley's wife knows that they are lying because she knows that Curley must of gotten into a fight and couldn't finish what he started, and she knows that they are covering up to not embarrass Curley, but that's not the reason they are lying to her.
"I ain't wanted in the bunk house, and you ain't wanted in my room. Don't come in a place where you're
not wanted," says Crooks to Lennie.
This quote has some irony in it because as the reader knows, Lennie and Crooks are known as
the others
in the story. Thus predicting that they should talk to each other due to not fitting in. Though, it is strange that Crooks isn't inviting Lennie in because Crooks doesn't have any friendly relationships with anyone in the story. Therefore the question of why is Crooks being so uninviting to Lennie? Well, Crooks has already lived his utopia by not knowing what segregation meant when he was a child, playing with different races, and enjoying himself. Therefore Crooks doesn't think that he should try again.
"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that." (OMAM 3)
George is proclaiming that workers are working to stay alive are lonely, they don't have any friends to talk to, and their whole life is just work. Lennie and George have always been together, and can talk; George and Lennie are as close as family, and they are lucky that they have each other and such a strong bond with one and another as if they where family.
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