Of Mice and Men – Sample Essay – Planning

Answers to questions on Prose should refer to the text and to such relevant features as characterisation, setting, language, key incident(s), climax, turning point, plot, structure, narrative technique, theme, ideas, description . . . Show the impact of the theme of loneliness in Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”. “Of Mice and Men” is a short novel, written by John Steinbeck in 1937. The novel tells … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Sample Essay – Planning

Of Mice and Men – Task Nineteen

The deep green pool of the Salinas River was still in the late afternoon. Already the sun had left the valley to go climbing up the slopes of the Gabilan Mountains, and the hilltops were rosy in the sun. But by the pool among the mottled sycamores, a pleasant shade had fallen. A water snake glided smoothly up the pool, twisting its periscope head from … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Nineteen

Of Mice and Men – Task Eighteen

Lennie said, “I thought you was mad at me, George.” “No,” said George. “No, Lennie, I ain’t mad. I never been mad, and I ain’ now. That’s a thing I want ya to know.” The tone to this exchange is essential. Lennie is expecting anger but, understanding that these are Lennie’s last moments, George is calm and sad. Trying to put Lennie at ease as … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Eighteen

Of Mice and Men – Task Seventeen

1) What is the significance of the rabbit appearing at the end of the book? The rabbit represents Lennie’s conscience, his sense of right and wrong. It is appropriate that it appears as a rabbit, as Lennie is most interested in rabbits. The words spoken by the rabbit are the words of Lennie’s own guilt speaking to him. 2) Why did George kill Lennie and … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Seventeen

Of Mice and Men – Task Sixteen

TASK SIXTEEN   “I tell you I ain’t used to livin’ like this. I coulda made somethin’ of myself.” She said darkly, “Maybe I will yet.” And then her words tumbled out in a passion of communication, as though she hurried before her listener could be taken away. “I lived right in Salinas,” she said. “Come there when I was a kid. Well, a show … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Sixteen

Of Mice and Men – Task Fifteen

1) How have Curley’s wife’s dreams for her life changed or been lost?     She believed that she could have a career in show business but, after marrying Curley, she finds herself in a dead-end. She still believes she could break out, but we question how real those opportunities were for her in the first place.         2) Why does Curley’s … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Fifteen

Of Mice and Men – Task Fourteen

“This is just a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-back nigger. So it don’t mean nothing, see?”   Crooks is characterized as man who knows his opinion will not be listened to. He is bitter because he has spent most of his life being ignored because he is black.     “They left all the weak ones here,” she said finally.   Curley’s wife’s summary of … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Fourteen

Of Mice and Men – Task Thirteen

    The books are an indication that Crooks, unlike most black people in California at this time, has some education. He has a copy of the California Civil Code, showing that he understands his rights in the state. His “gold-rimmed spectacles” also symbolize his intelligence. The “dirty books” are evidence of isolation and loneliness – the only female company he can expect on the … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Thirteen

Of Mice and Men – Task Twelve

1) What does Crook’s room and the things in it tell you about his character?     The books are an indication that Crooks, unlike most black people in California at this time, has some education. He has a copy of the California Civil Code, showing that he understands his rights in the state. His “gold-rimmed spectacles” also symbolize his intelligence. The “dirty books” are … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Twelve

Of Mice and Men – Task Ten

1) What are Carlson’s reasons for shooting Candy’s dog?   Candy’s dog is lame, near-blind and constantly suffering. He says that the dog is no longer useful, even though Candy has a clear love for the animal.   2) What are Candy’s reasons for not shooting the dog?   Candy protests that he has been with the dog for too long, that he could not … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Ten

Of Mice and Men – Task Eleven

[Candy] said miserably, “You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn’t no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody’d shoot me. But they won’t do nothing like that. I won’t have no place to go, an’ I can’t get no more jobs.”   This foreshadows events later in the novel. First, it shows … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Eleven

Of Mice and Men – Task Seven

  “”What you want of a dead mouse, anyways?” “I could pet it with my thumb while we walked along,” said Lennie.”   This is important in the characterisation of Lennie. His fondness for soft things leads him to carrying a dead mouse. It is important symbolism here that we associated Lennie with something small, fragile, soft and, ultimately, dead.     “God, you’re a … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Task Seven

Of Mice and Men – Class Notes

Task 2 Tragedy is a story which turns out badly for the protagonist. Symbols are words or images which represent a larger idea. Animals in Of Mice and Mensymbolise nature’s cruelty, but also its peace. Naturalist Philosophy is the belief that nature does not care about our lives, and that we have no real control over our existence. Literary realism is a form of writing … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Class Notes

Of Mice and Men – Letter From Curley’s Wife

The Tyler Ranch Near Soledad California 14th August, 1932 Dear Mom, I guess I haven’t been much of a daughter these last months, after I ran out like I did and didn’t call or write. I left under a cloud and I’m sorry for that. I was mad and I needed to get away. Me and you’ll never see eye to eye about that producer … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Letter From Curley’s Wife

Of Mice and Men – Curley’s Wife

The following is taken from Shmoop.com. Curley’s wife has no name and is initially seen as the possession of her husband. She is also a good-looking lady who wears quite a bit of makeup, form-fitting dresses, and ostrich feathered-high heels. As the only woman on the ranch, Curley’s wife is lonely and sad – something her marriage to Curley only makes worse. She reveals throughout … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Curley’s Wife

Of Mice and Men – Curley’s Wife

What we learn from her first appearance… ·                She is called “jailbait”/ “a tart”/ “a rat-trap”. ·                She craves attention. ·                She is always GLAMOROUSLY dressed. ·                She is only important through her connection to her husband. ·                She’s the only woman on the ranch. ·                Her husband tries to keep her locked up. ·                Wears her hair in curls “like little sausages”. ·                She … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Curley’s Wife

Of Mice and Men – Background Info

Background John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California in 1902. His most famous books were written in the 1930s and 1940s, and are set in California. They deal with the lives and problems of working people. The Setting of Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men is set in the farmland of the Salinas valley, where John Steinbeck was born and which he knew all … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Background Info

Of Mice and Men – MIssing Section

George – Caring, often frustrated by Lennie. Sometimes feels Lennie is a burden. Ultimately he loves his friend.He says that “guys like us that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world… they ain’t got nothing to look ahead to”. He and Lennie are different because they have each other. George understands how destructive loneliness can be, saying “I seen the guys that … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – MIssing Section

Of Mice and Men – Step-by-step Essay Plan

Question Consider the theme of loneliness in the novel, Of Mice and Men. How does it affect the friendships and relationships of the characters in the novel? Make sure that you support your ideas with quotes and explanations. Introduction • What is the title of the book, and who wrote it? When was it written?• Where and when is the novel set?• Where did the … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Step-by-step Essay Plan

Of Mice and Men – Sample Paragraph

Start with either: a) George Milton and Lennie Small are unusual travelling companions…b) The two protagonists (George Milton and Lennie Small) are an unusual combination… • Full names?• What do they look like?• Lennie – Tall, strong, big-built, “shapeless of face”• George – Shorter, thin, “sharp-featured”– CONTRAST Continue with either: a) The two men are also different in their personalities…b) The men are not just … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Sample Paragraph

Of Mice and Men – Essay and Introduction

QuestionConsider the theme of loneliness in the novel, Of Mice and Men. How does it affect the friendships and relationships of the characters in the novel? Make sure that you support your ideas with quotes and explanations.Introduction• What is the title of the book, and who wrote it? When was it written?• Where and when is the novel set?• Where did the inspiration for the … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Essay and Introduction

Crooks – The opening of section four

What can we tell about Crooks from the start of this section? • He works with the horses.• He has hoarded his belongings together.• He is lonely – dirty magazines.• Permanent on the ranch.• He is smart – glasses, books.• Looks after his health – medicine bottles – an injured back (crooked).• Needs to defend himself.• Proud – tidy.• He is separated – treated like … Continue reading Crooks – The opening of section four

Of Mice and Men – Animal Imagery

Discuss Steinbeck’s use of animals/ animal imagery as a clue to the novel’s outcome OverviewThis unit of work should enable your brightest students to think deeply about the writer’s craft. It assumes students have read the first chapter of the novel. The basic premise is that Steinbeck provides clues that the novel will end tragically and, in the tradition of Greek Tragedy, this outcome is … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Animal Imagery

Of Mice and Men – Chapter Two Questions

These are our answers from class: 1. What time is it when George and Lennie reach the ranch?· It is about ten o’clock in the morning. 2. Describe Candy, the old swamper.· An old man; only has one hand; has an old dog; scruffy(?); stoop-shouldered 3. What does George have in his bindle?· Soap; Razor; A comb; a bottle of pills; liniment 4. Why is … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Chapter Two Questions

Of Mice and Men – Vocabulary – Chapter Two

burlap ticking coarse material, like sacking, which covered the straw mattress.vials small glass jars and bottles roaches cockroaches pants rabbits lice, fleas etc. swamper cleaner grey-backs lice my time my pay for the time I have workedtick mattress cover burned angry stable buck the negro who looks after the stable brang brought skinner driver of a mule team (mule here means a type of horse)took … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Vocabulary – Chapter Two

Of Mice and Men – Vocabulary – Chapter One

Soledad a small town on the Salinas River the Salinas Rivera river that flows through Southern California and into the Pacific Ocean Gabilan Mountainsa range of mountains around Soledad ‘coonsracoons, small furry animals a bit like badgersbindleroll of blankets bound with string jungle-upmaking camp a stilted herona water bird with long legs (like stilts) Murray and Ready’sa work agency. During the depression in America in … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Vocabulary – Chapter One

Of Mice and Men – Essay Plan

QuestionDiscuss the theme of loneliness in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”. Introduction Where and when is the novel set? Where did the inspiration for the novel come from? Who is the book about? What kind of life do these people have? There are other characters in the novel who are also lonely. What makes them lonely? (Age, race, sex.) Paragraph 1 Discuss the central … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Essay Plan

Of Mice and Men – Sample Essay

In this essay I will be discussing the novel “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. The novel is set on a ranch in California during the “Dustbowl” depression of the 1920s/30s, and was inspired by the author’ s personal experiences of working on a ranch during this period. The novel is centred around the life of two itinerant ranch hands called George and Lennie … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – Sample Essay