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1 Of Mice and Men Connections
By: Solomia

2 Chapter 3 Connections Text To Text
Candy’s attachment to the dog, that we can clearly see in this verse since Carlson keeps insisting shooting the dog, but Candy refuses and tries to come up with an excuse not to since he’s been with the dog for awhile. This part of the book reminds of Bella’s relationship with her cat in the book ‘So Not Happening’. Her character was thoroughly attached to Molly (the cat). Bella had the cat most of her life, and when her parents told her that she had to get rid of it because her stepbrother was allergic to it, she absolutely freaked out. They were going to run “Ads” in the newspaper for someone to take Molly . Bella did everything in her power to keep her, and refused most peoples proposal to take the cat. But in the end someone adopted the cat, Bella couldn’t stop it. In a way we could say that the same thing happened with Candy’s dog – he eventually succumbed and let his dog be shot because there was no avoiding it, it would have happened eventually. Chapter 3 Connections The old man squirmed uncomfortably. “Well—hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup. I herded sheep with him.” He said proudly, “You wouldn’t think it to look at him now, but he was the best damn sheepdog I ever seen.” George said, “I seen a guy in Weed that had an Airedale could herd sheep. Learned it from the other dogs.” Carlson was not to be put off. “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-” he leaned over and pointed, “-right there, why he’d never know what hit him.” Candy looked about unhappily. “No,” he said softly. “No, I couldn’t do that. I had ‘im too long.” “He don’t have no fun,” Carlson insisted. “And he stinks to beat hell. Tell you what. I’ll shoot him for you. Then it won’t be you that does it.” Candy threw his legs of his bunk. He scratched the white stubble whiskers on his cheek nervously. “I’m so used to him,” he said softly. “I had him from a pup.” Text To Text

3 Text to Self When George told Slim of the time when he told Lennie to jump in the river and him nearly drowning it reminded me when I nearly drowned. I was about 7 or 8 years old. My first time ever to go to a swimming pool. My parents were not very accustomed either, maybe that’s why this happened. Anyway, I remember my sister and I were excited to go on the slides, we went and we accidently took the one that empties out into the deep pool. I didn’t know how to swim, at all. Thankfully my sister made it out, I on the other hand would have not drowned had it not been for lifeguards. Though I do remember touching the bottom before someone helped me get out of the water, I wasn’t unconscious but very shaken up. Since that day I have hated swimming. When George said that Lennie “couldn’t swim a stroke” it really triggered that memory because I had no clue how to swim at all, just like Lennie. George looked over at Slim and saw the calm, God-like eyes fastened on him. “Funny,” said George. “I used to have a hell of a lot of fun with ‘im. Used to play jokes on ‘im ‘cause he was too dumb even to know he had a joke played on him. I had fun. Made me seem God damn smart alongside of him. Why he’d do any damn thing I tol’ him. If I tol’ him to walk over a cliff, over he’d go. That wasn’t so damn much fun after awhile. He never got mad about it, neither. I’ve beat the hell outa him, and he coulda bust every bone in my body jus’ with hid hands, but he never lifted a finger against me.” George’s voice was taking on a tone of confession. “Tell you what made me stop that. One day a bunch of guys was standin’ around up on the Sacramento River. I was feeling pretty smart. I turns to Lennie and says, ‘Jump in.’ And he jumps. Couldn’t swim a stroke. He damn near drowned before we could get him. An’ he was so damn nice to me for pullin’ him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in. Well, I ain’t done nothing like that no more.”

4 “Sure, we’d have a little house an’ a room to ourself
“Sure, we’d have a little house an’ a room to ourself. Little fat iron stove, an’ in the winter we’d keep a fire goin’ in it. It ain’t enough land so we’d have to work too hard. Maybe six, seven hours a day. We wouldn’t have to buck no barley eleven hours a day. An’ when we put in a crop, why, we’d be there to take the crop up. We’d know what come of our planting.” Their vision of the house reminds me of the time in our world history where everybody was able to function without the much needed necessities in todays lives. It reminds me how people had to work twice as hard to live. The mention of working the land, reminds me of our ability to do these things, yet we never do this anymore because it is instant and very well provided. The lives that people led when farming happened are so much more diverse than ours right now. Even with the mention of fire, I come to understand how much our lives have changed, maybe even everywhere in our world. The fire provided heat, and our heat today is easily accessed, we don’t need to fetch or stock up on wood to keep ourselves warm throughout the year. This chapter mostly is the reminder of our lives before technology, before the easy way out, where people worked hard, and where almost nobody knew the definition of laziness. Even though our society today has grown more and more we still lead shallow lives though we may not even realize it. It simply shocks me the changes that we have come to know and how dreadfully fast the pace everything seems to be now. Text to World “In one month. Right squack in one month. Know what I’m gon’ta do? I’, gon’ta write to them old people that owns the place that we’ll take it. An’ Candy’ll send a hundred dollars to bind her.” “Sure will,” said Candy. “They got a good stove there?” “Sure, got a nice stove, burns coal or wood.” “I’m gonna take my pup,” said Lennie. “I bet by Christ he likes it there.

5 Chapter 4 Connections Text to Text
His voice (Crooks) grew soft and persuasive. “S’pose George don’t come back no more . S’pose he took a powder and just ain’t coming back. What’ll you do then?” Lennie’s attention came gradually to what had been said. “What?” he demanded. “I said s’pose George went into town tonight and you never heard of him no more.” Crooks pressed forward some kind of private victory. “Just s’pose that,” he repeated. “He won’t do it,” Lennie cried. “George wouldn’t do nothing like that. I had been with George a long time. He’ll come back tonight-” But the doubt was too much for him. “Don’t you think he will?” Crooks face lighted with pleasure in his torture. “Nobody can’t tell what a guy’ll do,” he observed calmly. “Le’s say he wants to come back and can’t. S’pose he gets killed or hurt so he can’t come back.” Lennie struggled to understand. “George won’t do nothing like that,” he repeated. “George is careful. He won’t get hurt. He ain’t never been hurt, ‘cause he’s careful.” “Well s’pose, just s’pose he don’t come back. What’ll you do then?” Lennie’s face crinkled with apprehension. “I don’ know. Say, what you doin’ anyways?” he cried. “This ain’t true. George ain’t got hurt.” Crooks bored in on him. “Want me ta tell ya what’ll happen? They’ll take ya to the booby hatch. They’ll tie you up with a collar, like a dog.” Suddenly Lennie’s eyes centered and grew quiet, and mad. He stood up and walked dangerously toward Crooks. “Who hurt George?” he demanded. Text to Text This part of the book reminds me of the characters in ‘Arcadia Awakens’. The reason being that this scene, Crooks is manipulating and treading on dangerous territory when he talks to Lennie about George being hurt or leaving him. Since George is like family to him and has been with Lennie for a long time, it gets a start out of him. This reminds me of Arcadia Awakens because Rose (the main character), is manipulated by the Capi (an anonymous leader figure) because he wants her to think in his way, and lead the “family” since he thinks that Zoey (her sister) and her Aunt are not fit for that position. Rose hesitant at first while trying to grasp what the leader is telling her, and beckoning for her to do. The message is abundantly clear to her after she has processed it and grasped it’s true meaning. Rose refused to do it, which put her on dangerous territory. She didn’t expect what happened because of her decision. Because she refused the Capi, he killed her aunt and sister, and the most horrible part was when he said “It had to be done” but he said it with a smile on his face and rather calmly. That was when Rose totally lost it, and struck out on the Capi, killing him in her grief and anger at the events that had happened beforehand. You can say that it’s a lot like the situation with Lennie and Crooks right now. Crooks is on dangerous territory with Lennie when he speaks to him. If the events surrounding their conversation changed and Crooks hadn't stopped where he had, Lennie was most likely to strike out at something because he was afraid of the possibility of George getting hurt or leaving him. Chapter 4 Connections

6 Candy laid the stump of his wrist on his knee and rubbed it gently with his hand. He said accusingly, “You gotta husban’. You got no call foolin’ aroun’ with other guys, causin’ trouble.” The girl flared up. ‘Sure I gotta husban’. You all seen him. Swell guy, ain’t he? Spends all his time sayin’ what he’s gonna do to the guys he don’t like, and he don’t like nobody. Think I’m gonna stay in that two-by-four house and listen how Curley’s gonna lead with his left twict, and then bring in the ol’ right cross? ‘One-two’ he says. ‘Just the ol’ one-two an’ he’ll go down.’” She paused and her face lost its sullenness and grew interested. “Say--what happened to Curley’s hand?” There was an embarrassed silence. Candy stole a lock at Lennie. Then he coughed. “Why…Curley…he got his han’ caught in a machine, ma’am. Bust his han’.” She watched for a moment, and then she laughed. “Baloney! What you think you’re selling me? Curley started something he didn’t finish. Caught in a machine-baloney! Why, he ain’t give nobody the good ol’ one-two since he got his hand bust. Who bust him?” Candy repeated sullenly. “Got caught in a machine.” “Awright,” she said contemptuously, “Awright, cover ‘m up if ya want. Whatta I care? You bindle bums think you’re so damn good. Whatta ya think I am, a kid?... Text to Self Embarrassed Emoticon This conversation and the topic that these conversation have reminds me of my outcome after I was part of a fight. Curley’s wife is trying to get the three guys to tell her what actually happened, although she already suspects or more likely knows what happened to Curley’s hand even though all three of them deny it and make up a lie to cover for Curley as they agreed beforehand. The reason for their lying was to save Curley the embarrassment of the truth, which was attacking Lennie to gain back his pride, but not planning on losing and making a even bigger fool out of himself. I can relate to the both the aspects. The one about lying to save yourself the embarrassment and trouble would probably be the biggest one that reminds me of that time. Even though I’m not exactly proud of it, it still happened. The fight that I had was with one of my cousin’s friends. We were hanging out on our yard, and I vaguely remember him saying something rude to me, and I mistakenly took it to heart. I swung at him -literally- before I could even begin process what I was doing. It hit him in the shoulder, and he tipped over to the side. I did not hold back, but then neither did he even though I was a girl. He tackled me to the ground, and then I attempted to squirm out of his grip. Did not work, though I got a few kicks in. After my cousin pulled us apart, we were in for some nasty injuries. Though not very severe, they were going to be hard to hide. After both of us calmed down I realized how stupid I had been to do such a thing over a small disagreement. I was so embarrassed. After talking amongst ourselves we agreed to keep it to ourselves. I could not fathom what my parents would have thought of me. Sadly, to our great disadvantage, we came home and some people noticed and questioned us, just like Curley’s wife questioned Candy, Crooks, and Lennie. And just like them we lied, though I had my suspicion that my cousin ratted us out, and they just chose not to make a big deal out of it. Still, it was the wrong thing to do and I regret it. …She looked from one face to another, and they were all closed against her. And she looked longest at Lennie, until he dropped his eyes in embarrassment. Suddenly she said, “Where’d you get them bruises on your face?” Lennie looked up guiltily. “Who--me?” “Yeah, you.” Lennie looked at Candy for help, and then he looked at his lap again. “He got his hand caught in a machine,” he said. Curley’s wife laughed. “O.K., Machine. I’ll talk to you later. I like machines.”

7 This texts reminds me of the Civil Rights Movement in our history
This texts reminds me of the Civil Rights Movement in our history. The way they treat Crooks is the reminder of this event. Most of the characters that talk to Crooks call him a “nigger” (so no appropriate in todays society), or are not very forthcoming when talking to him, or don’t even talk to him at all. They are most likely judging him by his skin color. In this scene Crooks tried to stand up to Curley’s wife, but ended off with even worse treatment for her. There is also the part where Candy tells Curley’s wife that they’d tell on her for “framin’ Crooks”, but then she says nobody will believe them, which is in a way true. The reason for this truth is most likely to be that Crooks is black, and Candy is old and has very little use, and Lennie can’t completely think for himself so he wouldn’t be a great reference either. The treatment that Crooks receives is most likely because of his skin color, and it reminds me of the Civil Right Movement because some people were trying to change that kind of view of colored people. Text To World Crooks stood up from his bunk and faced her (Curley’s wife). “I had enough,” he said coldly. “You got no rights comin’ in a colored man’s room. You got no rights messing around in here at all. Now you jus’ get out, an’ get out quick. If you don’t, I’m gonna ast the boss not to ever let you come in the barn no more.” She turned to him in scorn. ‘Listen, Nigger,” she said. “You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?” Crooks stared hopelessly at her, and then he sat down on his bunk and drew into himself. She closed on him. “You know what I could do?” Crooks seemed to grow smaller, and he pressed himself against the wall “Yes, ma’am.” “Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego-nothing to arouse like or dislike . He said, “Yes, ma’am,” and his voice was toneless. For a moment she stood over him as though waiting for him to move so that she could whip him again; but Crooks sat perfectly still, his eyes averted, everything that might be hurt drawn in. She turned at last to the pother two. Old Candy was watching her, fascinated. “If you was to do that, We’d tell,” he said quietly. “We’d tell about you framin’ Crooks.” “Tell an’ be damned,” she cried. “Nobody’d listen to you.” Candy subsided. “No…” he agreed. “Nobody’d listen to us.”

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