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Of Mice and Men: Chapter 3- J.F. A.S. K.F S.P.
Transcript of Of Mice and Men: Chapter 3- J.F. A.S. K.F S.P.
Candy was grieving about his dog in the bunk bed and overheard Lennie and George talk about the land they would buy and wanted to join them, contributing large sum of money and work. Fight George's conversation with Slim reveals much about George and Lennie's past. George explains the fiasco in Weed to Slim and talks about how he used to put Lennie in danger or be unkind to him for his amusement. After almost causing Lennie's death, George stops tricking him and looks after him more. Slim thinks its funny how George and Lennie travel together. George explains how they look out for each other. George also defends Lennie when Slim hints at his simple-mindedness. Carlson shooting Candy's dog is a main point because it shows how the group singles out one specific person and makes them feel obligated to do something they dont want to do. It happens on more than one occasion which is why i believe its a main point. For example, Crooks having to sleep out in the barn all alone simply because he is black. Introducing Crooks to the chapter was important because he is one of the main characters throughout the book. The story often focused on racism and Crooks contributed to it, because he was African American. Candy wants to join George and Lennie The fight between Curley and Lennie is one of the major events of the whole story. Curley is riled up from the other workers making fun of him and is looking to start trouble. Lennie isn't in the conversation, but Curley thinks he's laughing at him. Curley pounces on the opportunity (literally) and starts a fight. Despite Lennie's size, he is basically defenseless until George tells him to fight back. Lennie grabs Curley's fist and completely crushes it. Lennie repeats over and over how he meant no harm and didn't want to hurt anyone. Plot Line Climax - Slim and George Climax - Five Major Points Lennie and Curley Setting - 1930's California Conflict - Curley's pride Rising Action - The first encounter between Curley and Lennie in the bunkhouse Curley and Lennie's fight, ending with Lennie crushing Curley's hand Falling Action/Resolution - Finding Lennie dead "George looked over at Slim and saw the calm, Godlike eyes fastened on him."
More emphasis is placed on Slim's role on the ranch and his authority. Here Steinbeck compares him to none other than God. "Candy looked helplessly at him, for Slim's opinions were law."
Everybody respected Slim and he was considered as the prince of the ranch. No one contradicted Slim's opions. Figurative Language by: Jenni Ferruzca, Kane Fanning, Amanda Souriyamath & Shubham Parashar "So he reaches out to feel this red dress an’ the girl lets out a squawk, and that gets Lennie all mixed up, and he holds on ’cause that’s the only thing he can think to do."
The onomatopoeia adds a sense of reality to the telling of the story. "Through the open door came the thuds and occasional clangs of a horseshoe game."
A sense of the environment and the setting is established with this onomatopoeia. Setting - 1930's, California Conflict - Rising Action - Slim being empathetic to George after he kills Lennie George talks to Slim about Lennie and their past together Falling Action/Resolution - Slim and George walking away together. Consistent Motifs Candy’s Dog - Candy’s dog represents the fate awaiting anyone who has outlived his or her purpose. Once a fine sheepdog, useful on the ranch, Candy’s mutt is now debilitated by age. Candy’s sentimental attachment to the animal—his plea that Carlson let the dog live because Candy raised it from a puppy—means nothing at all on the ranch. The farm that George constantly describes to Lennie—those few acres of land on which they will grow their own food and tend their own livestock—is one of the most powerful symbols in the book. It seduces not only the other characters but also the reader, who, like the men, wants to believe in the possibility of the free, idyllic life it promises. George and Lennie’s Farm - In Of Mice and Men, dreams, hopes, and plans are the very foundation of what makes life worth living, but they are also double-edged. The closer one comes to fulfilling a dream, the closer one comes to potentially being disappointed. This is shown in our chapter when Candy hears about the plan Lennie and George get and wants to join. But then later his hopes are crushed. Dreams, Hopes,
& Plans - Violence - Violence in Of Mice and Men is an everyday reality. Along with the backbreaking work that comes from being a ranch-man, there’s a significant degree of masculine bravado that allows for fights, threats, and general meanness.
This is revealed in our chapter when Curley fights Lennie just because he was a big man. Themes Slim calling Lennie a "Cuckoo" and telling him their relationship is strange. George became defensive and angry Friendship - Throughout the chapter of the story, George was always compassionate and tolerant to Lennie whenever he re-tells stories and dreams about their futures together. George seems exasperated on the surface but he never considers abandoning Lennie. George always defended Lennie when Slim questioned his intelligence. "One day a bunch of guys were standin' up around the Sacramento river. I was feelin' pretty smart. It turns to Lennie says 'jump in'. An' he jumps. Couldn't swim a stroke. He damned near drowned before we could get him. An' he was so damn nice to me for pullin' him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in. Well I ain't done nothing like that no more."
This anecdote provides much information about George and Lennie's past and explains their previous relationship and how George would treat Lennie. It also shows a change that overcame George and why he no longer takes advantage of Lennie.