9/26 Title: Journey If you could journey to anywhere, where would you go? Explain why you would take the journey, who would go with you, and what experiences you might have along the way. Of Mice & Men Pre-reading
Vocabulary: Tuesday Using the words, definitions and parts of speech from yesterday, write a story that correctly uses all 5 vocabulary words. The story should be entertaining and at least 5 sentences. hnrs
Style of Novel Some call the book a play-novelette –He starts each scene with a description of the setting, much like a play is staged around its sets
Language of the novel Since the story is about laborers, it is appropriate that their dialogue is unrefined and realistic –Slang, profanity, and uneducated pronunciation –The coarseness of the language contrasts with the tender motives of the main characters
Point of View Story is told through third person, objective point of view –Reader is not directly let in on the thoughts of the character or their feelings about themselves and others –Reader must draw his/her own conclusions –Helps reader feel the information presented is in a straightforward manner and that no information has been left out
Setting –The time is during the Depression years, when people had little but the clothes on their backs –Many were homeless and wandered the countryside picking up odd jobs The place is a small ranch near Salinas River in California.
Themes in the Novel Friendship Loneliness Indifference of the world Worth of an individual
Title The title Of Mice and Men is an allusion to a Robert Burns poem titled To a Mouse In the poem, one significant line reads the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. Keep this in mind as the story unfolds. Determine for yourself how this relates.
John Steinbeck Read page 3 and answer the questions on page 4.