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Of Mice and Men - Revision
Section 1 (1 st half to Christ youre a crazy bastard ) How does Steinbeck create a contrast between the characters in the first paragraph? Find words that are opposites. They drink the water differently. What do we learn about their characters? What do Gs first words to L tell us about their relationship? Theres 3 place L is compared to an animal – what does this tell us about his physical ability? What other examples of imagery (metaphors & similes) can you find – what do they suggest about the men AND their environment?
Section 1 (2 nd half)- Dream Has the dream conversation happened before – find a quote to show and explain its significance. Georges mood changes. HOW does Steinbeck present this (look at adverbs!) ? What do Lennies repeated interruptions tell us about his character? Going back to language – Can you find 2 examples of colloquial itinerant speech from the 1930s? SOME critics have argued that Seteinbeck portrays the relationship between G and L in an overly- sentimental way. Try to find one example of this viewpoint and explain YOUR view.
Section 2 (1 st half) - Bunkhouse The bunkhouse seems both homely AND bare. List 2 good AND bad features from the description. Steinbeck lists many personal items – What is the effect of this? Structure again – Steinbecks skill as a writer is demonstrated in this section. Look at his syntax (sentence construction) for length, sentence opening and punctuation. Make a note for exam use!! Do you notice anything in his use of adverbs here?
Section 2 B - Candy Candy is one of the rejects later in the novel. Find 3 quotes that show him as physically weak/old. Try and find 2 ways that Steinbeck implies Candy has been at the ranch longer than others. Candy refers to Crooks as stable buck and a nice fella but what do later comments show about American society? How/Why does Steinbeck give a more general impression of itinerant workers through the character of Candy?
Section 2 C - Curley foreshadowLennie says little during Curleys introduction BUT Steinbeck references to his behaviour. Find any references that might foreshadow future events. Curley is described in physical terms. Can you spot any techniques or word types that Steinbeck uses to convey his character? Comment on how Candy behaves. Why do you think hes reassured that hes drawn a derogatory statement from George when mentioning the glove full of vaseline?
Section 2 D – Curleys Wife Look at the description of Curleys Wife – pick 3 aspects of the description and explain what impression Steinbeck is trying to create – what might be there apart from the tartiness? George says of her Curleys got his work ahead of him what does he mean by this and calling her a rat-trap? Try and explain his sudden anger at Lennie. Why do you think she remains un-named?
Section 2 E - Slim Slim is described as the prince of the ranch. How does he behave towards George and Lennie, and how does George in particular respond to this treatment? antithesisYou could say Slim is the antithesis (opposite) of Curley. Find 2 contrasting sets of quotes. Some have said Slim is the least believable character. Do you agree? Why would Steinbeck bother include an inspirational figure?
Section 3 A - Weed Read Georges description of what happened with the girl in the red dress. What might be significant about that moment? What is the link between the red dress and someone else in the previous chapter? Slim makes very little comment as George recounts the story. Look at the way he listens. How does this confirm his character?
Section 3 B – Carlson shoots Candys dog Find 5 WAYS that Steinbeck suspends the tension of the moment: quote and this shows… Stalling/pausing the narrative Use of pauses and silence Description of sights and sounds Symbolism – e.g. darkness Use of verbs and adverbs
Section 3 C – The dream farm: a reality?! Look at Candys behaviour – how does he slowly become more involved? Read carefully the images of the dream farm that George evokes. How does he make it so appealing? How does this description tie in with the theme of Nature? Lennies responses are worth noting: i.e. live off the fatta land and you let em try to get the rabbits. Ill break their goddam necks.
Section 3 D – Curley confronts Lennie A violent episode: Steinbeck describes movement and strong emotions. Find 3 examples of violence. Is animal imagery again used around Lennie? Do you think George is ambiguous and sending mixed messages to Lennie i.e. Get him Lennie followed by Leggo his hand Lennie ?
Section 4 A - Crooks The harness room reflects the character of Crooks. Find 3 quotes and explain what they say about him In physical and in status terms, who do you thinks Crooks has a lot in common with? Crooks cruelly taunts Lennie. Why? Whats interesting about how Lennie resonds? Through Crooks character, Steinbeck says what about the nature of mens dreams? …a long bunk filled with straw Due to being black, he has a bed like an animal.
Section 4 B – The dream farm Candy is described as embarrassed when entering Crooks room. Crooks also says to Curleys wife You got no right comin on to a coloured mans room. What do we learn about the rights of black men at the time? What is Curleys wife threatening to Crooks, and why does he react the way he does? There are some descriptions which suggest disturbance. These create a certain mood for the final events. What are these disturbance descriptions?
Section 5 A – The Barn beginning to Curleys wife ent. Signs of LifeWords to Describe them HorsesResting, nibbled, rattled ?? ?? ?? Read the first 4 paragraphs. List the different signs of life Steinbeck depicts and his words to do so. Use this table to describe the opening atmosphere in 1 sentence! What two emotional states does Lennie go through – how does Steinbecks language reflect this?
Death of Curleys wife- wife entrance to voices became louder List 5 things that foreshadow the death of Curleys wife from early chapters….. What do we find out about Curleys wife in this extract? What do you reckon Steinbeck wants us to feel about her? Look at the language used during the killing- How would you describe it? THEN LEAVE A SMALL GAP TO COMPARE WITH LANG THAT FOLLOWS NEXT. Description of Lennie killing Curleys wife The atmosphere after shes been killed ….…
Curleys wife: the aftermath time awakened…end of chp When G first sees Curleys wifes body he says I should have knew…I guess..I did. What does he mean by this – were there any clues earlier in the novel? After reading the conversation G watched Candys lips why do you think they try to help L escape? Can you explain Candys reaction to Curleys wife once George has left………..? Do you feel the same? Describe the different reactions of the characters as they enter the barn, especially Curleys reaction. CharacterReactionThis reveals… Slim Curley Carlson
Lennie hides in the Brush Start of chp.. To..G came quietly out of bush What is the significance of book closing where it started? Any key images here….? The first 6 paragraphs contain many key images of nature: Copy and fill the table….. What do Lennies conversations with Aunt Clara and the rabbit reveal about his state of mind? The imageSignificance A watersnake glided smoothly…the beak swallowed the little snake… Nature is presented as cruel at times- sometimes it is unavoidable that there are victims (Candys dog, drowned pups etc.)
The ending – George came quietly..to end Aint you gonna give me hell? Why does L want G to do this? Look at hoe Steinbeck G when he agrees. The wind waves flowed up the green pool Comment on Steinbecks choice of image, as men get nearer to G and L. Why does G talk about the farm as he shoots. Does this conclude the theme of dreams? Is Slims reaction consistent with his character (Candys dog example..) The last lines are famous – Why might Steinbeck choose to end this way?