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10th Grade Level One English Period 5 2018-2019: OMM Test
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A migrant worker who protects and cares for Lennie. George dreams of some day owning his own land, but he realizes the difficulty of making this dream come true. George gives Lennie advice and tries to watch out for him, ultimately taking responsibility for not only his life but also his death.
A migrant worker who is mentally handicapped, large, and very strong. He depends on his friend George to give him advice and protect him in situations he does not understand. His enormous strength and his pleasure in petting soft animals are a dangerous combination. He shares the dream of owning a farm with George, but he does not understand the implications of that dream. He unfortunately ends up dead; killed by George.
The boss's son, Curley wears high-heeled boots to distinguish himself from the field hands. He is a confrontational, mean-spirited, and aggressive young man who seeks to compensate for his small stature by picking fights with larger men. Recently married, Curley is plagued with jealous suspicions and is extremely possessive of his flirtatious young wife.
The only female character in the story, Curley's wife is never given a name and is only mentioned in reference to her husband. The men on the farm refer to her as a "tramp," a "tart," and a "looloo." Dressed in fancy, feathered red shoes, she represents the temptation of female sexuality in a male-dominated world. Steinbeck depicts Curley's wife not as a villain, but rather as a victim. Like the ranch-hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life.
An aging ranch handyman, Candy lost his hand in an accident and worries about his future on the ranch. Fearing that his age is making him useless, he seizes on George's description of the farm he and Lennie will have, offering his life's savings if he can join George and Lennie in owning the land. The fate of Candy's ancient dog, which Carlson shoots in the back of the head in an alleged act of mercy, foreshadows the manner of Lennie's death.
Slim could be considered the leader or helper of the group. He understands the feelings of others and always defends the side of what he believes what is right.
Crooks, the black stable-hand, gets his name from his crooked back. Proud, bitter, and caustically funny, he is isolated from the other men because of the color of his skin. Despite himself, Crooks becomes fond of Lennie, and though he derisively claims to have seen countless men following empty dreams of buying their own land, he asks Lennie if he can go with them and hoe in the garden.
"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. . . . With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don't have to sit in no bar room blowin' in our jack jus' because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us."
The speaker of this quote is George. He is explains how they have a special friendship that no one experiences and their dreams that they hope they will later accomplish.
"I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their heads . . . every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never a ******** one of 'em ever gets it. Just like heaven. Ever'body wants a little piece of lan'. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land."
Crooks explains that dreams don't come true in their world. The author is trying to provide a sense of reality to dreams in that time period.
Exposition of OMM
George and Lennie (two friends and poor migrant workers) go off to gain some money in the ranch to pursue/support their dreams.
Rising Action of OMM
George goes off to town and Lennie is alone (leads to the climax)
Climax of OMM
Lennie ends up killing the dog and Curley's wife
Falling Action of OMM
The ranch workers are out to look for Lennie and Lennie having visions of rabbits and Aunt Clara telling his mistakes.
Resolution of OMM
George make the decision of killing Lennie (I believe it was wrong of him to do that)
having a gloomy or sullen manner; not friendly or sociable
A performance using gestures and body movements without words
(v.) to make fun of; to show contempt for
in a pleased, satisfied manner
showing a critical or disrespectful attitude
to calm or make less severe
to confuse or bewilder
in a threatening way (predicting something bad is going to happen)
in a deeply engaged manner
deserving blame or punishment
a person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance
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