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Of Mice and Men
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describe the setting of chapter 1
the book takes place in California. Lennie and George are migrant workers who have to skip from farm to farm because Lenny has once again gotten them in trouble.
List words that describe Lennie. What animal is he compared to?
Lennie was compared to a bear. Huge, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders
List words that describe George. What animal could he be compared to?
small, quick, dark of face, restless eyes, sharp strong features, strong hands, slender arms, thin and bony nose
What things does Lennie say and do that make him seem like a child? Estimate Lennie's "mental" age.
He doesn't think about or understand the consequences of his actions, nor see where he's wronged. His speech is very limited, as well as his attention span. His memory is very short and repetition is the only way of keeping things in his mind. He also lies like a child about how the mouse came to be in his pocket and puts up an act before finally handing it over to George. His mental age is around 6.
Why did George and Lennie need to leave Weed so quickly?
Lennie likes to touch soft things so he wanted to pet a Women's dress. When he grabbed the dress he grabbed it too tightly and the woman started to panic and the more she tried to escape the tighter he gripped to the dress. The men of Weed tried to catch Lennie but both George and Lennie were able to escape.
Does George want Lennie to go away? Why or why not?
George often wishes that Lennie would quit making his impulsive, somewhat slow moves, but he doesn't want to be away from Lennie, George only want to protect him.
What is the dream that Lennie begs George to tell him? What does Lennie mean by the phrase "an live off the fatta the lan"?
Lennie wants reassurance from George that they will always be together. Their dream is to purchase land and live in a house. They'll own many rabbits that Lennie will be in charge of tending. When Lennie says "live off the fatta the lan" he means to supply their own food from their farm and animals so their living off of the food from their own land.
What are two things that George wants Lennie to remember near the end of the chapter?
George reminds Lennie not to say a word during their interview with the boss the following day. He also tells Lennie that if he runs into trouble, as he has so many times before, he is to return to the place where they've camped, hide in the bush and wait for George.
Describe the man who meets George and Lennie at the bunkhouse.
He is an old man accompanied by an equally old dog. He loves his dog but has a hesitant manner. He has a crippled hand and because of it, he sees himself as less than fully a man and he thinks other men think the same.
Who was Whitey and why is George concerned about "pant's-rabbits"? Is a bunkhouse a home? Why or why not?
Whitey was a black smith who previously lived in the bunkhouse. George found a can that was lice killer and got worried the place had lice and would spread and cause a disease. A bunkhouse was place with a bunk and shelves. It was more of a sleeping place than an actual home.
Whom did the boss punish because George and Lennie were late? Is the boss, as Candy asserts, a "nice" guy?
He blamed the crooks
What are two reasons why George doesn't let Lennie answer any questions?
doesn't want to show the boss that Lennie is stupid and risk losing their jobs
How does the boss react to George's friendship with Lennie? Are his concerns justified in this case and what does it reveal about the boss' character?
The boss gets suspicious and thinks George is taking advantage of Lennie and taking his pay. The boss finally decides that brains are not needed for the job after George told him a lie about Lennie getting kicked in the head by a horse and being his cousin
What excuse does George give for Lennie's slowness?
He said that Lennie was his cousin and was kicked in the head by a horse when he was younger and he told Lennie's mom he would take care of him.
How does Curly react to Lennie's silence and what does this reveal about his character?
Curly was getting angry and thinks that Lennie should speak when spoken too. You can tell that Curly has a short temper and whats things to go his way.
What does Candy, the swamper, mean when he states that "Curley's pretty handy"?
It means that he's good in a fight and can take care of himself.
What does Curley imply when he says, "Oh, so it's that way" when he hears that George and Lennie travel together?
He thinks its weird that they travel together because most migrant workers travel alone
What is Curley's wife really looking for? How is she trying to get it, and do you think that makes her bad?
Curley's wife seems to never be happy with what she's got. She walks around the ranch pretending to be looking for Curly but really she's trying to avoid him and flirt with the other men.
Why does George have an uneasy feeling at the chapter's end?
The boss's son, Curley, seems like he's out to get Lennie. Curley's wife poses a threat to George and Lennie. Even at the best of times, Lennie seems to get himself into trouble with women
Who is Slim and how does Steinbeck describe him? What do the men think of him?
He is describe as "the prince of the ranch". He is also very good looking. The men admire him because he is very courteous and hard working.
What is Carlson's problem and what solution does he suggest?
Carlson thinks that Candy's dog is too old and useless for them to continue to care for anymore. He tells Candy that killing the dog would be a mercy and that one of Slim's dog's puppies could be Candy's new companion. Carlson's badgering finally wears Candy down, and he allows his old friend to be put down.
What kind act does Slim do for Lennie?
He offers Lennie one of the new puppies
How does Slim react to the fact that George and Lennie travel together? Contrast Slim's view of their friendship from the responses of Curley and the boss?
Slim again remarks on the rarity of two guys traveling together and how funny it is that a smart guy like George would be with a "cuckoo" like Lennie. Curly takes an instant dislike to Lennie because of his size, and Candy likes Lennie and George and wants to join them in buying a farm.
What two embarrassing things does George tell Slim about? Why does George reveal these things?
George tells him that when Lennie's aunt died he had to take care of him. He used to tease him all the time and have so much fun doing it because Lennie was so dumb he'd fall for anything. George reveals these things because he's getting defensive over Lennie because Slim called him crazy.
What does Whit excitedly show Slim and why is it so important to him?
whit shows slim a old magazine that a former ranch worker had written to. the ranch worker wrote a letter but didn't know that it would be put on the magazine. whit got excited because he was friends with that guy and his letter finally got into the magazine.
Before Carlson leaves with the dog, what does Slim remind him of? Why does he need to do this?
Slim reminds him to take a shovel so he can bury the dog.
George and Lennie discuss their dream. What details can you add now? Who might be able to help them realize their goals and how?
For the first time in his life, George believes the dream can come true with Candy's down payment. he knows of a farm they can buy, and the readers' hopes are lifted as well, as the men plan, in detail, how they will buy the ranch and what they will do once it is theirs.
What motivates Curley's anger and what is the result of it?
He takes out his frustrations on Lenny, as the man is taller than him (implied) and he can also act without fear of reprisal. This of course doesn't keep, as Lenny finally crushes Curley's hand.
Describe Crook's living arrangements and explain how they are different from the other men.
Crooks has a room to himself because he is antisocial by nature and doesn't get along well with the other men. He has been working at the farm longer than most of them and has "earned" this meagre privilege.
What does Crooks say about the bunkhouse and the men who live in it?
the African-American stable buck speaks to Lennie about how he is segregated from the other men in the bunkhouse because of his race.Thus, he is an isolated,lonely figure in the novel.
How does Crooks fill his loneliness?
he reads books
How does Crooks feel about Lennie's dream of "livin' off the fatta the lan'"? Why is he so bitter?
At first Crooks is skeptical. He was so bitter because he had seen so many people with that same dream and never succeed. Once he figures out about the money they have he changes his mind and wants to apart of the plan
What is Crooks sometimes afraid of late at night in his little room?
He's afraid that he wont make any connections with anybody in his life
What cruel and unjust thing does Curley's wife threaten Crooks with? How do you feel about her?
So, what Curley's wife threatened to do was to say that Crooks had come on to her. If she had claimed that, he would have been in a whole lot of trouble -- he would surely have lost his job and maybe even gotten physically hurt.
What gives Candy the confidence to argue with Curley's wife?
if he'd lost his job he wouldn't have had anywhere to go, or anything to go to. Thus, Curley's wife's words aren't threatening to him, and the security he feels about the men buying the farm and working together allows him to speak up for himself.
How does she feel about Curley's injury? What does Curley's wife figure out?
Curley's wife was happy because Curley treats her terribly and she thought he deserved it.
Importantly, Crooks changes his mind about something at the end of this chapter.
he changed his mind about being apart of the dream
What does Crooks tell Candy and what motivates this change?
Crooks said that he didn't want to go to the farm with them anymore. He probably felt unwanted because George got mad when he found out that Candy told Crooks.
Chapter five begins with an accident. Why did it happen and what consequence does Lennie fear?
Lennie didn't recognize his own strength and he killed the puppy just like he did with the mouse. Although Lennie is upset about the death of his puppy he's more concerned about what George will do when he finds out. He's afraid George won't let him tend to rabbits anymore. Just like a child, Lennie gets angry at the dead puppy and flings it across the room. Then Curley's wife appears and asks what he's hiding
How does Curley's wife react when Lennie says he's not supposed to talk to her?
Curley's wife gets angry because all she does is look for people to talk to and now Lennie says he's not supposed to talk to her
What, according to Curley's wife, will keep people from knowing that they are speaking alone in the barn?
she said that all the guys are at a horseshoe tenement and none of them are going to be leaving anytime soon so they wont get caught
What feelings does she reveal in their conversation? What situations from her past does she reveal?
Curley's wife told Lennie about how she lived in salinas and went there when she was a kid and she almost went with an actor but her her mom wouldn't let her. she thinks if she had gone she wouldn't be living the way she was. She also told him about how she almost got into a movie but her mom ruined that too. She told Lennie that she didn't like curley
Do you feel more sympathetic towards her character after this conversation? How does she fit into the broader themes of the novel?
What does she invite Lennie to do that proves to be a serious mistake?
Curley's wife invited Lennie to touch her hair because it's soft and Lennie pulls to hard
What terrible event occurs in Chapter Five and how was it foreshadowed?
Lennie pulled to tightly on her hair and the same situation that happened with the girl in the dress started to happen here. He pulled her hair and put his hand over her nose and mouth because he started to panic because Curley's wife was in pain. He eventually snapped her neck trying to get her to quiet down.
Why does George leave and then return to the barn with the others?
to escape suspicion so the other men don't think that George was involved in Curley's wife's death and to take Carlson's Leuger
What does Lennie remember that George has told him?
if he ever gets in trouble to go to the place they camped and hide in the bush until George gets there
Lennie has two unusual hallucinations. Describe them
irst, he sees his Aunt Clara. Her physical appearance is as his aunt, but her voice seems to be Lennie's own. She reprimands him for the trouble he has caused George, and what a burden he is. Lennie then sees a giant rabbit appear before him. He has wanted to care for rabbits throughout the text, but this rabbit is as aggressive and angry as the vision of Aunt Clara was. The rabbit tells him he is not fit to tend rabbits and that George will abandon him.
How do the characters in Lennie's dream treat him? What emotional needs do these hallucinations fulfill?
the two ghosts, Aunt Clara and the rabbit, treat him poorly. They both tell him that he is bad, and that he is trouble to George.
How does George try to make Lennie's final moments special and free from guilt and pain?
By describing to lennie their story and how they will get their own ranch.
Earlier in the novel, what event foreshadowed George's final resolution of the novel's conflict?
Why did George lie to the others about what really happened?
so they would think it was for self defense
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