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Of Mice and Men

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Kathryn DeLapp

on 26 September 2016

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men follows the lives of two migrant workers as they search for success and happiness. George Milton, a small and gruff man, travels with Lennie Smalls from job to job. Lennie is a large man with a mental disability. He does not comprehend his own strength or the consequences of using that strength. Lennie and George dream of owning their own farm, but they are constantly short of cash and out of a job.
Summary
Theme
Life and dreams are pointless without someone to share them with.

1. George and Lennie work together towards shared goal.

2. Lennie keeps spirits up while George keeps things in order.

3. George and Lennie lose it all when they lose each other.












YOU should read the book!
Breaks open the idea of prejudice and the dehumanization amid race, culture, gender, and economic class.
Prime example of the literary movement of naturalism (showing the world as it is).
Thought-provoking ending!
Plot Diagram
by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men
Exposition
California, 1930s Dustbowl
George and Lennie - two migrant farmers
Other characters on the farm: Curley, Crooks, Candy, Slim, and Curley's wife
George is small and smart.
Lennie is big, dim-witted, and a lover of animals. He is not aware of his own strength.

Protagonists' goal: Own a farm together
Rising Action
Climax
Curley, the boss' son, immediately dislikes Lennie and picks a fight with him.
Lennie works hard and everyone is impressed despite his handicap.
Slim gives Lennie a puppy.
Lennie breaks Curley's hand on accident.
Lennie accidentally snaps his puppy's neck.
Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife.
Falling Action
Lennie runs away to hide at the river.
The workers gather with their shot guns to find and punish Lennie.
George kills Lennie in an attempt to save him from the others.
Resolution
George is left alone in the world without a friend.
George will never achieve his dream without Lennie.
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