Presentation on theme: "Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck. Key question How does the theme of power link to the theme of loneliness?"— Presentation transcript:
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
Key question How does the theme of power link to the theme of loneliness?
Who would make the best American President and why? Who is LEAST likely to become president?
Key question How doe the theme of f…………….. presented in relation to the theme of l…………?
Which character would you least like to sit next to in class and why? Who would you MOST like to sit next to and why?
Key Question How is the theme of friendship presented in relation to theme of loneliness?
George and Lennie's friendship is one of the enduring positives in the novella which makes the loneliness of this difficult era bearable: " If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us." (Chap 1) Here George is recounting to Lennie, in one of the earliest scenes in the novella, their shared dream to own a farm and be their own boss. The "other guys" are the many itinerant ranch workers who travel and are particularly lonely, as they are isolated from their family and friends. The short sentence "But not us" shows, bluntly, how excitedly they see themselves as different - showing how much hope they invest in their dream. George has learnt this speech, as has Lennie, which shows how powerful their shared dream is in keeping them hopeful in the midst of the Great Depression. Their friendship is key to maintaining their sense of hope and it stops them from suffering from the pervasive loneliness of the time. When other lonely characters, like Candy, hear this dream being recounted, they immediately want to join. Candy is shown to be one of many who suffer from the same loneliness of a life without true friendship.
Key question? How does social prejudice exacerbate loneliness?