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OF MICE AND MEN <ul><li>Literary analysis of John Steinbeck’s novel by Joe Student, Jane Doe, Fred Smith, and Sam Project ...
<ul><li>Author Information </li></ul><ul><li>Story Setting </li></ul><ul><li>George vs. Lennie </li></ul><ul><li>Story Sum...
AUTHOR INFORMATION <ul><li>1902-1968, Salinas, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Worked as a ranch hand and a fruit picker as a youth <...
STORY SETTING <ul><li>Places mentioned in  Of Mice and Men </li></ul><ul><li>The ranch in  Of Mice and Men </li></ul>
GEORGE VS. LENNIE Likes Curley’s wife Dream of having their own place Doesn’t like Curley’s wife Stronger Hard workers Wea...
STORY SUMMARY <ul><li>George and Lennie are two migrant ranch hands who fled from Weed, California, to a ranch near Salina...
<ul><li>On the new ranch, Lennie and George are doing well at saving up money to fulfill a dream of theirs--buying a place...
CHARACTER FEELINGS When Lennie proves his strength PRIDE When Lennie starts talking HUMILIATION When they’re chased out of...
CHARACTER FEELINGS When he’s compared to a bull PRIDE When Curley laughs at him HUMILIATION When he kills Curley’s wife FE...
CHARACTER FEELINGS When he wins a fight PRIDE When he has to promise to say he hurt his hand in a machine HUMILIATION When...
CHARACTER FEELINGS When talking about being an actress PRIDE When Curley tells her to shut up HUMILIATION When Lennie trie...
CHARACTER FEELINGS When talking about his dog’s abilities PRIDE When thinks about his dog’s death HUMILIATION When discove...
CHARACTER FEELINGS When defends Lennie being in his room PRIDE When he’s not allowed to play cards HUMILIATION When Lennie...
CHARACTER DREAMS/GOALS Has faced a lot of racism Be accepted CROOKS Feels old, useless, and unconnected to anything Be in ...
PERSONAL DREAMS/GOALS
THEME LIST <ul><li>We need dreams or goals to survive life’s troubles. </li></ul><ul><li>Racism destroys its victims. </li...
<ul><li>Racism:  treating others unfairly because of a belief that their race is inferior. </li></ul>Crooks, the only blac...
BOOK REVIEW <ul><li>Steinbeck in this novel manages to portray tough lives and tough decisions with compassion and even so...
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT <ul><li>Anais Nin writes, “Dreams are necessary to life.”  Agree or disagree with this statement ...
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT <ul><li>4. Think of one character in the novel who makes either a good decision or a bad one.  Id...
SOURCES <ul><li>http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspz?refid=761570273 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ac.wwu...
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  1. 1. OF MICE AND MEN <ul><li>Literary analysis of John Steinbeck’s novel by Joe Student, Jane Doe, Fred Smith, and Sam Project </li></ul><ul><li>Period 1 </li></ul><ul><li>October 15, 2002 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Author Information </li></ul><ul><li>Story Setting </li></ul><ul><li>George vs. Lennie </li></ul><ul><li>Story Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Character Feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Character Dreams/Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Dreams/Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Theme List </li></ul><ul><li>Theme Poster </li></ul><ul><li>Book Review </li></ul><ul><li>Questions to Think About </li></ul><ul><li>Sources </li></ul>
  3. 3. AUTHOR INFORMATION <ul><li>1902-1968, Salinas, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Worked as a ranch hand and a fruit picker as a youth </li></ul><ul><li>Often wrote about good but poor and oppressed people trapped in an unfair world </li></ul><ul><li>Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 </li></ul>
  4. 4. STORY SETTING <ul><li>Places mentioned in Of Mice and Men </li></ul><ul><li>The ranch in Of Mice and Men </li></ul>
  5. 5. GEORGE VS. LENNIE Likes Curley’s wife Dream of having their own place Doesn’t like Curley’s wife Stronger Hard workers Weaker Taller Migrant ranch hands Shorter Tries to keep quiet Afraid of the past catching up with them Talks for both of them Less intelligent Friends More intelligent LENNIE GEORGE & LENNIE GEORGE
  6. 6. STORY SUMMARY <ul><li>George and Lennie are two migrant ranch hands who fled from Weed, California, to a ranch near Salinas, California. They had had to flee because Lennie had scared a girl there by holding on to her soft dress and not letting go. He had meant no harm, but he is not very intelligent and often does not realize his own strength. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>On the new ranch, Lennie and George are doing well at saving up money to fulfill a dream of theirs--buying a place of their own. Their dream is a month from fulfillment when they let Candy, an old man with one hand, join in their dream. </li></ul><ul><li>Then Lennie accidentally kills the attention-starved wife of the boss’s son. The boss’s son, Curley, is a small man who hates big men and seizes on this opportunity to hunt Lennie down and kill him. </li></ul><ul><li>George finds Lennie first and shoots him in the back of the head as he recites their dream one last time. </li></ul>
  8. 8. CHARACTER FEELINGS When Lennie proves his strength PRIDE When Lennie starts talking HUMILIATION When they’re chased out of Weed FEAR When he has to keep traveling LONELINESS When the boss hires them RELIEF When Lennie wanted ketchup ANGER When Lennie forgets things FRUSTRATION GEORGE
  9. 9. CHARACTER FEELINGS When he’s compared to a bull PRIDE When Curley laughs at him HUMILIATION When he kills Curley’s wife FEAR When George isn’t around LONELINESS When he’s told he’ll still get to tend rabbits RELIEF When Crooks says George might disappear ANGER When can’t remember things FRUSTRATION LENNIE
  10. 10. CHARACTER FEELINGS When he wins a fight PRIDE When he has to promise to say he hurt his hand in a machine HUMILIATION When Lennie crushes his hand FEAR When he can’t find his wife LONELINESS When Slim isn’t with his wife RELIEF When people laugh at him ANGER When he sees big men respected FRUSTRATION CURLEY
  11. 11. CHARACTER FEELINGS When talking about being an actress PRIDE When Curley tells her to shut up HUMILIATION When Lennie tries to stop her screaming FEAR When everyone goes into town LONELINESS When Lennie talks to her RELIEF When no one will talk to her ANGER When no one will tell the truth about Curley’s hand FRUSTRATION CURLEY’S WIFE
  12. 12. CHARACTER FEELINGS When talking about his dog’s abilities PRIDE When thinks about his dog’s death HUMILIATION When discovers Curley’s dead wife FEAR When everyone goes to the fields LONELINESS When gets to be a part of George and Lennie’s plan RELIEF When people pressure him to kill his dog FRUSTRATION CANDY
  13. 13. CHARACTER FEELINGS When defends Lennie being in his room PRIDE When he’s not allowed to play cards HUMILIATION When Lennie gets angry at what he said about George FEAR When he has no one to talk to LONELINESS When he starts enjoying Lennie RELIEF When Lennie comes into “his” room ANGER When can’t fight the racism FRUSTRATION CROOKS
  14. 14. CHARACTER DREAMS/GOALS Has faced a lot of racism Be accepted CROOKS Feels old, useless, and unconnected to anything Be in on George and Lennie’s dream CANDY Bored, lonely, ignored, & unappreciated Be an actress CURLEY’S WIFE Has a complex about being small Be respected/feared CURLEY Sick of traveling and not having a home or family Own a small farm GEORGE Finds comfort in soft things Tend rabbits LENNIE WHY IMPORTANT DREAM/GOAL CHARACTER
  15. 15. PERSONAL DREAMS/GOALS
  16. 16. THEME LIST <ul><li>We need dreams or goals to survive life’s troubles. </li></ul><ul><li>Racism destroys its victims. </li></ul><ul><li>Control your anger and fears. </li></ul><ul><li>Accept yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Know your strengths and weaknesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow your dreams. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t judge against others just because of their appearance or intelligence. </li></ul><ul><li>Life is a long struggle to fit in. </li></ul><ul><li>Elderly people and animals need and deserve our respect. </li></ul><ul><li>True friendship may demand hard decisions and actions. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Racism: treating others unfairly because of a belief that their race is inferior. </li></ul>Crooks, the only black person in Of Mice and Men , turned into a broken, bitter man because of the isolation and prejudice he had to bear because of his skin color. He became so bitter that even when Lennie offered him some companionship, Crooks rudely and angrily rejected him. THEME POSTER Beware: Racism can destroy its victims!
  18. 18. BOOK REVIEW <ul><li>Steinbeck in this novel manages to portray tough lives and tough decisions with compassion and even some humor. The migrant ranch hands that people the pages are vivid, lonely, hardworking, and heroic. As such, they cause the reader to reflect on a wide range of themes, including the importance and effects of true friendship, age, isolation, racism, intelligence, dreams/goals, self-knowledge, anger, and self-control. It is not at all surprising that this novel is so frequently assigned in English classes. </li></ul>
  19. 19. QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT <ul><li>Anais Nin writes, “Dreams are necessary to life.” Agree or disagree with this statement with evidence from Of Mice and Men. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss what each of the following pairs of friends gives to each other: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lennie and George </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Candy and George </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Slim and George </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Curley’s wife suffers from acute loneliness. Analyze the depth of her loneliness, the factors leading to it, and the consequences of it. </li></ul>
  20. 20. QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT <ul><li>4. Think of one character in the novel who makes either a good decision or a bad one. Identify the decision, why it was made, why it was good or bad, and the future consequences the decision maker will have to face. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Explain the significance of the title of Of Mice and Men. </li></ul>
  21. 21. SOURCES <ul><li>http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspz?refid=761570273 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/Steinbeck/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.steinbeck.org/Home.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://creativegettyimages.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.educeth.ch/english/readinglist/maps/california.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/mice/micesg1.html </li></ul>
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