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Power Relationships What different power relationships have we come across in Of Mice and Men? What makes one character more powerful than another? Find AT LEAST 5 relationships and note them (with your reasoning) in your book
Of Mice and Men To consider how Steinbeck uses power relationships to tell us more about the characters...
What shows us that one character is more powerful than another?
Who is in control of the situation? How can we tell?
Think about the relationships between the characters? Find evidence (and explain your reasoning) for each: Who is in control of the situation? Why does that character have control? How do they show that power? Is it what you expected? What do we learn about the characters?
Status in 1930s America Why are they all thrown together in this way in Chapter 4? Why arent they in town with the others? What do they have in common?
What do the characters statuses tell us about the power they have?
What does this passage show us about Crooks. After his conversation with Lennie, Crooks is visited by Candy and Curleys wife. What reasons do Lennie, Candy and Curleys wife have for visiting Crooks place? How are their reasons similar and why does the writer choose to have Crooks alone again at the end of the chapter?
Crooks put his dark chin into his pink palm. You travel aroun with George, dont ya? Sure. Me an him goes ever place together. Crooks continued, Sometimes he talks, and you dont know what the hell hes talking about. Aint that so? He leaned forward, boring Lennie with his deep eyes. Aint that so? Yeah… sometimes. But… not always.
Crooks leaned forward over the edge of the bunk. I aint a southern negro, he said. I was born right here in California. My old man had a chicken ranch, bout ten acres. The white kids come to play at our place, an sometimes I went to play with them, and some of them was pretty nice. My ol man didnt like that. I never knew till long later why he didnt like that. But I know now. He hesitated, and when he spoke again his voice was softer. There wasnt another coloured family for miles around. And now there aint a coloured man on this ranch an theres jus one family in Soledad. He laughed. If I say something, why its just a nigger sayin it. Lennie asked, How long you think itll be before them pups will be old enough to pet?
Crooks laughed again. A guy can talk to you an be sure you wont go blabbin. Couple of weeks an them pupsll be all right. George knows what hes about. Jus talks, an you dont understand nothing. He leaned forward excitedly. This is just a nigger talkin, an a busted-back nigger. So it dont mean nothing, see? You couldnt remember it anyways. I seen it over an over an over – a guy talkin to another guy and it dont make no difference if he dont hear or understand. The thing is, theyre talkin, or theyre settin still not talkin. It dont make no difference, no difference. His excitement had increased until he pounded his knee with his hand. George can tell you screwy things, and it dont matter. Its just the talking. Its just bein with another guy. Thats all. He paused. His voice grew soft and persuasive. Spose George dont come back no more. Spose he took a powder and just aint coming back. Whatll you do then?
Lennies attention came gradually to what had been said. What? he demanded. I said spose George went into town to-night and you never heard of him no more. Crooks pressed forward some kind of private victory. Just spose that, he repeated. He wont do it, Lennie cried. George wouldnt do nothing like that. I been with George a long time. Hell come back tonight- but the doubt was too much for him. Dont you think he will? Crooks face lighted with pleasure in his torture.
Plan an answer to this essay question: What does this passage show us about Crooks. After his conversation with Lennie, Crooks is visited by Candy and Curleys wife. What reasons do Lennie, Candy and Curleys wife have for visiting Crooks place? How are their reasons similar and why does the writer choose to have Crooks alone again at the end of the chapter?