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Of Mice and Men Chapter 5

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men Chapter 5

Lennie and George
Literary Criticism
Connor's Part
Literary Analysis

Throughout the story temptation is used by Curleys wife.

After learning that Lennie like soft things in the barn Curley's wife takes Lennies hand to her hair and says, "Feel right aroun there an see how soft it is." (Steinbeck 90)

This temptation ultimately lead to the death of Curley's Wife as well as Lennie.

Jonathan Leaf author of "Of Mice and Men Melodrama" quotes the description of Curley's wife "Her fingernails were red... She wore a cotton dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bosquets of red ostrich feathers.

Covered in the color red the color of passion and desire, Curley's wife is literally a symbol for sex and is a reason why she possess so much temptation.
Curely's Wife:
"She moved closer to him and spoke soothingly"(Steinbeck 86).
"The afternoon sun sliced in through the cracks of the barn walls and lay in bright lines on the hay"(Steinbeck 84).
Dead Puppy:
" Now maybe George ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits, if he fin's out you got killed"(Steinbeck 85).

"Why do you got to get killed?" (85)
"And then she was still, for Lenny had broken her neck" (91).
"I don't want ta hurt you" (91).
"And then he shook her; and her body flopped like a fish" (91).

In a naturalistic world, Death is used to show how fragil Being and how agressive and non- considering Humans are so that Being are killed and nobody realizes the tradegy of the Death.
Of Mice and Men Chapter 5
Targeting Theme
American Dream:
"Now maybe George ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits"(Steinbeck 85).
Curley's Wife:
"Coulda been in the movies, an' had nice clothes..."
(Steinbeck 89).
"An' they'd of been a pig and chickens... an' in the winter... the little fat stove... an' the rain comin'... an' us jus' settin' there"(Steinbeck 96).

Death is shown in the novel as a life process that needs to happen.

"You ain't bein" kind to him keepin' him alive"(45).

This quotation addresses Candy's dog which is old and is disfavored by the workers, so they tell Candy to shoot him because it is the dog's time to die.

"The pistol...killed killed Candy’s old dog in order to save it from suffering and misery"("Of Mice and Men: Literary Analysis").

The killing of Candy's dog is foreshadowing for when it is Lennie's time to die without pain, just like the dog.
Qualities of Naturalism:
"He pawed the hay until it partley covered her"(Steinbeck 92).
"I think i knowed from the very first... He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would"(Steinbeck 94).
"I'll take my fifty bucks an' I'll stay all night in some lousy cat house...An' then I'll come back an' work another month an' I'll have fifty bucks more"(Steinbeck 95).

Connor's Part (Part 2)
Character Phsycoanalyzing:
Lenny: Id
"I done a real bad thing. An'... he said... an' hide in the brush till he come"(Steinbeck 92).
George: Superego
"I guess we gotta get 'im and lock 'im up"(Steinbeck 94).
Candy: Ego
"We oughtta let 'im get away"(Steinbeck 94).

Deception is seen through George stealing the pistol to shoot Lennie.

George "reached in his side pocket and brought out Carlson's luger"(105).

George told the rest of the workers that Lennie had the gun and that he took it from him to shoot him, when in actuality he had already stolen it with the intenet of killing Lennie all along.

George once again uses deceit to trick Lennie only "[reciting] this yarn when he wants to get Lennie calmed down"("The Deceitful George in Of Mice and Men").

The tale of the fatta the lan is used by George only as a mechanism of controlling Lennie, not actually out of care for him.

Literary Analysis: Gambling
Georege said without Lennie he could "set in a pool room and play cards"(11).
Gambling by farmhands such as George makes for them never be able to own a peice of land like the one desired by George.
Works Cited
TheBestNotes.com Staff. "TheBestNotes on Of Mice and Men". TheBestNotes.com. 27 May 2014. Web. 04 June 2008.

The piece of land Lennie and George hope for is also a large reason why they gamble.

Kevin Attell author of "An Overview of Mice and Men" tells about how George and Lennie want "the security and freedom of having their own land."

It is hard to gain money in this world, and George hopes that by gambling he can make an easy dollar, that will give them enough to buy the farm.
Literary Analysis

Role of Women
John Steinbeck minimizes the role of women in his story.

When Lennie is playing with Curley's Wife's hair "he shook her; and her body flopped like a fish, for Lennie had broken her neck". (91)

The fact that John Steinbeck kills of his only female character that plays a constant role in the story, is his way of displaying that women don't play a crucial role in society.
Along with being killed in the story in Leaf's analysis of the story, he constrantly brings up the fact that Curleys wife has no name for example " Lennies murder of Curley's wife-- a character so thinly rendered that she is never even given a name"

With the death of little attention given to the only main women in the story shows the believe that women play little role in society.
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Steinbeck, John. "
Of Mice and Men
". New York: Penguin Group. 1937. Print.
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