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Of Mice and Men

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Jazmine Murphey

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men
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Factual Details About Character:
George is 'small, quick, and dark of face' and also the only person who understands Lennie. He was entrusted with Lennie's care and took care of him aswell as being his only friend. A smart man that wants to have a home for Lennie and himself.
Obstacles Character Faces:
(Explain if obstacle is or is not a Human Rights issue)
Caring for Lennie (Issue)
Keeping Lennie's disability a secret (Issue)
Saving money for a home
Killing Lennie (Issue)
Obstacle Responses and Effects of Response:
He protects Lennie and takes care of him because Lennie has no where else to go. A result of this is Lennie not getting the proper care he needs so he continues to cause trouble and be misunderstood.
If people knew about Lennie's handicap they wouldn't allow him to work because they don't believe he can and they would assume he is a threat to himself and others an effect of this is other characters interacting with Lennie become scared or get hurt.
He wants a place for himself and Lennie where they can be secure and Lennie can be out of danger and this dream becomes reality when Candy says he has money this gives them hope.
He has to kill Lennie because he thought it was the best option and it causes the dream of having their own land becomes a dream again because George knew it couldn't happen without Lennie.
Quotation from Page of Obstacle:
"Course you did. Well, look. Lennie if you just happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an' hide in the brush"-George
"I...I ain't gonna...say a word"-Lennie
"Come on, George. Tell me. Please George. Like you done before" -Lennie
"Sure, right now. I gotta. We gotta" -George
Time Periods affects on Response To Obstacle:
Disabilities weren't understood during the time period so George had to take care of Lennie to the best of his ability or he would get locked up since people didn't understand how Lennie reacts to things.
During the time period people with disabilities were shunned and treated as a threat. To prevent that George kept Lennie's disability a secret.
The depression was a time where men had to rely on jobs that provided food and shelter. George and Lennie wanted a place of their own so they wouldn't have to rely on a job that could be gone the next day.
The justice system wasn't as fair as it is today, men took the law into their own hands and Lennie was going to be killed or neglected in a cage for the rest of his life so George killed him because he felt responsible for him.
Interactions with other Characters:
Lennie- Traveling partner, best friend, someone George has to take care of
Slim- A fellow worker, plays cards, someone George confides in
Candy-George plans to live with him and George on a land they will all pitch in to purchase
Curly-mUtual dislike for each other and george thinks he's gonna get what's coming to him.
Factual Details About Character:
Promiscuous Woman that seek companionship from others. Does not really love Curly and is treated like trouble because she wishes to talk to others. Feels like she missed an opportunity in making it big so had to marry Curly.
Obstacles Character Faces:
(Explain if obstacle is or is not a Human Rights issue)
Assumed Promiscuous (Issue)
Loveless Marriage(Issue)
Obstacle Responses and Effects of Response:
Lonely feelings led her to seek companionship from the workers since no one would talk to her because she was considered Curly's Possession. Conversing with men other than her husband makes her a whore, but she makes Lennie listen to her story she warms up to him and allows him to touch her hair because of the soft texture, but this leads him to panic hen she tells him to stop and leading to her death.
She missed out on the chance to go into show business and have an exciting life so she felt that the only thing left was to marry someone so she married Curly. This caused her to become angry and regretful because she is expected as a good wife to stay in the house and make children with Curly even though she just wants to have some company and a conversation with someone other than her husband.
Quotation from Page of Obstacle:
"You gotta husban'. You got no call foolin' aroun' with other guys, causin' trouble." -Candy
"Well, I ain't told this to nobody before. Maybe I ought'n to. I don't like Curley. He ain't a nice fella." -Curley's Wife
Time Periods affects on Response To Obstacle:
Women were meant to be seen not heard during that time period they were expected to be houswives and to stay with their husbands. Curly's Wife runs around the ranch claiming that she's looking for Curly when she really is just avoiding him and looking for company.
The 1930s was a time when women got married young and have children since there is no being a teenager once girls and boys finished being a child they entered adulthood and were expected to marry off and reproduce. Curly's wife had to marry even though she regrets not taking the chance to have a better and more exciting life, even if it means she has to give up on love she would be taken care of.
Interactions with other Characters:
George: Curt with her and advises Lennie to not have any involvement with her.
Lennie:Tries to stay away from her because George instructed him to, but because she make him listen to her story and lets him touch her hair he panics and kills her.
Curly: Her husband even though she doesn't love him. Avoids him by running around 'looking for him'.
Crooks: Knows she is trouble but sticks up for lennie even though she put him back in his place because he is black.
Candy: Tells her to stay away from Lennie and finds her body after the incident.
Men in the bunkhouse: They call her promiscuous and treat her like trouble because they fear they will lose their jobs if Curly sees that they are involved with her.
Factual Details About Character:
Older ranch hand that does odd jobs around the ranch because he lost his hand in an accident. Has money saved up and finds hope in George and Lennie's dream of buying their own land.
Obstacles Character Faces:
(Explain if obstacle is or is not a Human Rights issue)
Lost one Hand (Issue)
Old (Issue)
Older Smelly Dog
Obstacle Responses and Effects of Response:
The accident affected what work candy could do but because the accident happened on the ranch he was paid off and guaranteed a spot. He can only really clean and be a stable hand though so he fears he may lose his job.
Working on the ranch for so long Candy became the oldest worker so he is becoming less and less useful to the ranch.
Having his dog since he was a kid he doesn't have the heart to kill it just because it smells so he lets one of the other men shoot him because he doesn't want to be a nuisance and let the dog suffer from old age.
Quotation from Page of Obstacle:
"I ain't much good with on'y one hand. I lost my hand right here on this ranch. That's why they gave me a job swampin'. An' they gave me two hundred an' fifty dollars 'cause I los' my hand." -Candy
"You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn't no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me." -Candy
"Look, Candy. This ol' dog jus' suffers hisself all the time. If you was to take him out and shoot him right in the back of the head right there, why he'd never know what hit him." -Carlson
Time Periods affects on Response To Obstacle:
Workers rights were just starting to be established in the 1930s but hadn't been perfected so it was a touchy subject. When Candy got in an accident on the ranch which resulted in the loss of his hand he was paid off and given a guaranteed spot on the ranch as a worker so that the accident wouldn't cause any legal trouble or give the ranch a bed reputation.
Medicine wasn't developed so when people age they become fragile quicker and unable to do most of the jobs that a ranch requires so Candy fears for his job but George and Lennie give him hope for a place to retire when he offers to pitch in and buy land with them which would ensure shelter and food for the rest of his days.
Dogs are useful on a ranch when they are young but once they age and lose their useful qualities they no longer hae a purpose. In the present dogs are purely pets not workers unless they are bred to be hunters or shepherds so when they age they go to the vet to give them the chance to age comfortably and die of old age. Candy wasn't given the luxury of having his dog die of old age so because he lost his use he became a pest to the other workers because of they musk he gave off so they made Candy put him down.
Interactions with other Characters:
George: George gives him hope when he allows Candy to live on the piece of land with him and Lennie after they get their stake since he can pitch in.
Lennie: Candy comes to Lennie every time he has new ideas about the ranch because Lennie is someone Candy finds easy to talk to.
Crooks: Even though Candy is uncomfortable with Crooks at first he warms up to him when Crooks sticks up for Lennie.
Curly's Wife: Candy gossips about Curly's wife by calling her a loo loo and tells her to stay away from Lennie when she tries to force Lennie to talk to her the first time.
Slim: Slim tries to comfort Candy when he is forced to have his dog put down by offering him one of the puppies he keeps in the barn.
Carlson: Carlson is the only one who really complains about the smell of Candy's dog and forces Candy to let him put it down claiming that its suffering when he really just doesn't want to deal with the smell.
Factual Details About Character:
Hot tempered and smaller compared to others. To make up for his smaller stature he is violent. In a marriage with a wife that doesn't love him and considered promiscuous. Wears Vaseline in his glove.
Obstacles Character Faces:
(Explain if obstacle is or is not a Human Rights issue)
Loveless Marriage
Small Stature
Obstacle Responses and Effects of Response:
Being ignorant to the fact that his wife doesn't love him he is jealous and suspicious of every other man on the ranch because of how promiscuous his wife is by flirting with all the men since he didn't marry her out of love he married her as a trophy wife. She was just something pretty that could give him children and that he could show off so it makes him look bad when she is seen as unfaithful to him making him defensive.
High heels helped make him feel taller even if the other men made fun of him for it behind his back. He tried to make up for his height in other ways by fighting bigger men and intimidating the other men that surround him. This caused him to pick a fight with Lennie and because Lennie didn't know how to properly handle the delicate situation he ended up crushing the bones in Curly's hand which may have knocked him down a peg but also made Lennie look like a threat.
Quotation from Page of Obstacle:
"Curl's got yella-jackets in his drawers, but that's all so far. Ever' time the guys is around she shows up. She's lookin' for Curley, or she thought she lef' somethin' layin' around and she's lookin' for it. Seems like she can't keep away from guys. An' Curley's Pants is just crawlin' with ants, but they ain't nothing come of it yet." - Whit
"He wore High-heeled boots" -Candy
Time Periods affects on Response To Obstacle:
During the time period marriage meant women had to act a certain way when they became wives. Curley's Wife was almost the complete opposite of a model wife because she was regretful of her marriage and couldn't get a divorce because of how expensive it was and because she didn't have any other options except marriage because she missed out on the opportunities presented to her when she was younger so Curly tries to make his marriage seem like it's working because she is a good wife when it comes to looks and he ignores her behavior.
Being a short man has never been something to be proud of because a man was seen as tall and powerful especially during the 1930s so Curly makes himself be seen as higher in status and strength by picking fights with bigger men so he will seem like a man that shouldn't be underestimated just because of his stature.
Interactions with other Characters:
Lennie: Lennie is a large man so Curly immediately challenges him ro a fight which Curly loses and ends up seeing Lennie as dangerous.
Bunkhouse Men: All the men walk on eggshells around Curly because of his status as the Boss' son but they all gossip about his sham of a marriage behind his back and want him too be knocked down a peg. Slim is the only one who can really stand up to him.
Curly's Wife: Always trying to find his wife Curly runs around the ranch even though she is obviously avoiding him he refuses to accept that and keeps trying to find her and make her into something he can show off since she is already beautiful. The reason he wears Vaseline in his glove.
Factual Details About Character:
Older black man with a crooked spine. A stable hand that has been on the ranch for a long time. Lonely because no one wants to associate themselves with a black which caused him to be bitter and distrustful.
Obstacles Character Faces:
(Explain if obstacle is or is not a Human Rights issue)
Crooked Spine (Issue)
Loneliness (Issue)
Racism (Issue)
Obstacle Responses and Effects of Response:
A crooked back wouldn't stop a worker from working so Crooks did his job like an abled bodied man would if not better.
Reading books to pass the time was the only thing he could do since he was not allowed into the bunkhouse to play cards with the others he holed up in his room and stayed solitary since no one wanted to keep company with a black man. This made Crooks bitter and suspicious towards others.
Nothing could be done about the discrimination because without his job he would not have shelter or a food so he could not be liberated from the people he relied on the most. Crooks dealt with the racism by staying solitary and keeping quiet no matter how lonely he became.
Quotation from Page of Obstacle:
"Crooks sat on his bunk. His shirt was out of his jeans in back. In one hand he held a bottle of liniment, and with the other he rubbed his spine" -Pg67
"I ain't wanted in the bunkhouse, and you ain't wanted in my room" -Crooks
"Well, you keep your place then, nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny" Curley's Wife
Time Periods affects on Response To Obstacle:
If a man was unable to work than he had no place on the ranch so even with a crooked spine Crooks had to do his job because without it he would be put out. During that time period a man needed to be able to work to survive.
Segregation was normal and expected during the time period so Crooks was left to himself being the only black man on the ranch.
Racism was common during the 1930s and African Americans were expected to take it without any resistance so Crooks did and he stayed in his place.
Interactions with other Characters:
Lennie: He allows Lennie into his room because of the company and his sincerity so they spend time together.
Curly's Wife: Even though Crooks stands up to her he is put back into his place because of the death threat she gives him.
Candy: Enters Crooks' room to speak to Lennie even though he is cautious he warms up to Crooks in the end.
Curly's Wife
Factual Details About Character:
A large man that doesn't seem to know his own strength. Has a mental handicap which causes people to see him as slow or dangerous. Relies on George to take care of him, but doesn't want to be a burden. Likes to pet soft things.
Obstacles Character Faces:
(Explain if obstacle is or is not a Human Rights issue)
Mental Disability(Issue)
Dream of Owning Land
Hiding his Disability (Issue)
Obstacle Responses and Effects of Response:
Lennie was born with a mind that didn't work like others did so her had trouble figuring out the difference between right and wrong, using common sense, and following instructions. This meant he had to be taken care of because without a caretaker to prevent him from causing trouble he would be seen as a threat and be killed or locked up.
Lennie is always getting himself into trouble and George has to bail out. They believe that if they could own their own piece of land that they could live off of the land and be free from all the people that could hurt Lennie and Lennie could tend to the rabbits and be happy.
For someone to hire workers they have to trust that they are competent enough to do the job correctly without putting themselves or others in danger, because Lennie seems slow some people see him as incompetent and a threat so George does his best to hide Lennie's disability by keeping quiet about it so that they can judge him on his actual work and not the state of his mind.him
Quotation from Page of Obstacle:
"if I was alone I could live so easy. i could go get a joban' work, an' no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the moth come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want. Why, I could stay in a cat house all night. I could do all that every damn month. Get a gallon of whisky, or a set in a pool room and play cards or shoot pool." Lennie knelt and looked over the fire at the and looked over the fire at the angry George. And Lennie's face was drawn with terror. "An' whatta I got," George went on furiously. "I got you! You can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Jus' keep shovin' all over the country all the time. An' that ain't the worst. You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get you out." His voice rose nearly to a shout. "You crazy son-of-a-bitch. You keep me in hot water all the time." -George
"An' live off of the fatta the lan', An' have rabbits. Go on, George! Tell about what we're gonna have in the garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk like you can hardly cut it. Tell about that, George." -Lennie
"Yea, you forgot. You always forgot an' I got to talk you out of it. Now he's got his eye on us. Now we got to be careful and not make no slips. You keep your big flapper shut after this" -George
Time Periods affects on Response To Obstacle:
During the depression medical knowledge wasn't that great so no one understood what was wrong with Lennie. They also didn't understand how to help him cope with his disability or handle it so because of the lack of knowledge he was treated as a threat.
Owning land was a luxury back during the 1930s and meant you had a higher level of freedom than others. Lennie and George didn't own land and didn't have a home so they traveled and worked on ranches where they relied on the job for food and shelter as well as a stake at the end of the month. They dream of owning their own land so that they can leave the nomadic lifestyle and settle down and live off of their own little piece of land where they won't have to worry about having a meal the next night or worry about being fired the next day.
George was appointed To be Lennie's caretaker by Lennie's Aunt Clara before she dies because nobody could understand or even try to understand Lennie's disability except George so Aunt Clara knew if George didn't watch over him Lennie would be locked up and tied down because people though he was crazy or he would be killed because the decisions he makes can be dangerous to other making people see him as a threat. The time period made it impossible for Lennie to be alone because if he didn't hide his disability people would treat him differently and inhumane because the unknown scared them.
Interactions with other Characters:
George: Lennie's caretaker and friend. George keeps Lennie out of trouble and bails him out of tricky situations. Lennie listens to George so that he doesn't get into trouble and he puts all of his trust into George and travels with him.
Curly: Immediately Curly attempts to intimidate Lennie, but Lennie knocks him down a peg when George tells him to beat him so Lennie breaks his hand which knocks Curly down a peg but also makes the other workers see Lennie as dangerous.
Crooks: A solitary black man that pushes people away because of the way he has been treated who allows Lennie into his room because of his sincerity. They talk and Crooks reveals to Lennie how lonely he really is.
Candy: an old farm hand that treats Lennie nice and talks about the farm with him.
Curly's Wife: Due to lonliness she forces Lennie to listen to her stories despite his rejections. This led to Lennie not being able to deal with a situation and to hurt her.
During Reading
1. What is going on during the time period of the book?

'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck is set in rural California during the depression in the 1930s causing George and Lennie to work on a ranch living in a bunkhouse with other workers.
2. How does the time period affect the plot, setting, and characters of the book?
The depression was a time where jobs were scarce and many men relied on work cards to get them jobs like George and Lennie do when they go to work on a ranch where they could have food, shelter, and income (Stake: $50 a month) this was the time periods affect on the setting of the novel. During the time period capable white men were the only people treated equally, women, other races, and handicapped persons were treated like they were lower on the totem pole causing The characters that fit into one or more of those categories to be alienated and have their rights to be taken away which affected characters and the plot.
3. Why did the author use this time period?
The author used the 1930s as the time period for the novel because that was when John Steinbeck wrote and published the novel 'Of Mice and Men'.
After Reading
1. What are the Human Rights issues associated within this novel?
Race, Sex, and handicaps are all brought up in the novel and they all made any person fitting any of them be treated as if they were unequal and lesser when compared to healthy white men.
2. Where does the Human Rights issue first come up in the novel?
The human rights issues come up in the first chapter when George tells the story about getting run out of Weed because Lennie doesn't understand right from wrong so he is misunderstood and accused of attempting rape when really he just wanted to touch the girl's dress because he thought it was pretty, and instead of listening to his explanation and being given a fair trial a lynch mob forms to capture Lennie. This is an example of a person being misunderstood and treated wrong because he has a mental handicap which is a human rights issue.
3. Where in the novel does the human rights issue become most important?
When Lennie accidentally kills Curly's Wife and is put down like a dog because of it is when the human rights issues in this book become most important because if Lennie had been properly cared for and Curly's Wife had understood the mental illness it could have all been avoided. Curly's Wife was lonely because as a woman talking to other men is considered promiscuous, so trying to take advantage of Lennie's mental handicap she makes him interact with her which puts her in a dangerous situation since she doesn't know how to handle Lennie when he becomes frightened and confused. None of the men except George knew why Lennie killed her and since they all believed he did it on purpose. George knows it was an accident because Lennie has never wanted to hurt anyone, but he still kills Lennie because he feels responsible for him. Lennie did not have a chance for a fair trial and even if he did the authorities would have locked him in a cage because they believed he was crazy and a threat to society, this is all because during the time period if a person wasn't normal they were discriminated against or treated as a threat.
4. How is the issue resolved within the novel?
The issue isn't resolved the resolution is killing Lennie and even then people didn't understand "Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin' them two guys" is what Carlson says which is where the book ends. This shows that they were still prejudiced and ignorant to the issues on human rights that took place.
5. Which character suffers due to the Human Rights issue within the novel?
Lennie who had a mental handicap ends up being put down like a dog because people don't understand the way he sees things. George is the one who understands him most but he shoots him because he was responsible for Lennie and even if he had gotten a fair trial he would have been tied down and put in a cage because his handicap made him unstable so people would have seen him as a threat.
6. What does the wording within the quotations imply?
The wording implies that the characters have heavy accents and little education since they are unable to say most words using the proper pronunciation.
7. When the Human Rights issue is most important, what happens?
When the Human Rights issues become most important it shows that if Curly's Wife, Crooks, Candy, and Lennie had been treated equally and gotten proper care Curly's Wife wouldn't have been treated like trouble which led to her being killed and Lennie would have been cared for correctly instead of becoming a threat to others. He was unable to do the right thing and Curly's wife didn't understand that so he hurt her because he just wanted her to calm down and understand, because of this Lennie is shot because George believe its the only choice.
8. How does the issue become resolved?
The issue is resolved when George kills Lennie because he believes it is better than being locked up or tortured by Curly who doesn't understand what Lennie did was and accident.
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