Of Mice and Men Revision Key Points


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  • On this powerpoint is very good but you have one spelling mistake in slide 21.In crooks you have put " Alon because of his colour". I think you mean " Only because of his colour"
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  • I thought the ppt was rather interesting, you brought out some points my 8th graders were questioning. They were able to understand theme better based on the list you shared.
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Of Mice and Men Revision Key Points

  1. 1. Of Mice and Men Revision
  2. 2. Lennie <ul><li>Suitable Incidents: </li></ul><ul><li>When we first meet him. Chap 1 </li></ul><ul><li>How he reacts to the story of the dream ranch. 60-63 </li></ul><ul><li>Fight with Curley. 66-69 </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation with Crooks. 72-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Dead puppy and killing of Curley’s wife. 89-97 </li></ul><ul><li>His own death. Chap 6 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lennie <ul><li>Huge man, who walks heavily. (Chap1) </li></ul><ul><li>Often described like an animal: walks like a bear, drinks like a horse, has ‘paws’. </li></ul><ul><li>Cunning, like an animal, and uses this to get around George and to get his sympathy. </li></ul><ul><li>Has no memory. Example? </li></ul><ul><li>Gets into trouble and loses jobs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lennie <ul><li>Like a small child who needs the comfort of stroking furry things like mice. </li></ul><ul><li>That got him in trouble in Weed. </li></ul><ul><li>Believes in the ‘dream ranch’ and looks forward to tending the rabbits. </li></ul><ul><li>Attracted to girls in bright colour – like Curley’s Wife and the girl in Weed. </li></ul><ul><li>Not to be trusted on his own. </li></ul><ul><li>George gives him somewhere to hide when he gets in trouble. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lennie: Signs of Trouble <ul><li>Has been involved in a serious incident in Weed, before the start of the novel. </li></ul><ul><li>Kills the mice he pets, because he does not know his own strength. </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t let go of Curley’s hand. So strong, he can crush every bone. Details? </li></ul><ul><li>Kills his pup. Why? </li></ul>
  6. 7. Lennie at the End <ul><li>Why does he touch Curley’s Wife in the first place? </li></ul><ul><li>How exactly is she killed? </li></ul><ul><li>How does he try to cover it up? </li></ul><ul><li>How does George cover up for him? </li></ul><ul><li>What does Lennie ‘see’ at the end? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does George have to shoot him? </li></ul>
  7. 8. George <ul><li>Suitable Incidents: </li></ul><ul><li>Our introduction to him in Chap 1. </li></ul><ul><li>Arrival at ranch. 19-27 </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation with Slim. 40-44 </li></ul><ul><li>Talking to Candy about the Dream Ranch. 62-4 </li></ul><ul><li>The final chapter. </li></ul>
  8. 9. George <ul><li>Where can you find evidence for all these statements? </li></ul><ul><li>Small, short and quick. </li></ul><ul><li>Two minds about Lennie: knows he needs looking after, but also has a desire for his own life. </li></ul><ul><li>Understands Lennie – but maybe not enough? </li></ul><ul><li>Cautious – does not trust people quickly, e.g. Candy. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Candy <ul><li>Suitable Incidents: </li></ul><ul><li>First meeting. 19-22, 25-30 </li></ul><ul><li>The shooting of his dog. 46-52 </li></ul><ul><li>Joining in with the Ranch dream. 62-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking up to Curley’s wife. 83-4 </li></ul><ul><li>Reaction to Curley’s Wife’s death. 98-101 </li></ul>
  10. 11. Candy <ul><li>He has a job as a cleaner (swamper). He is too old and disabled to be a ranch hand any more. </li></ul><ul><li>He’s a gossip, a good source of information on Curley, the Boss, Curley’s Wife, Slim. See pages 21-9 </li></ul><ul><li>What do we learn about him from his attitude to his dog and his eagerness to join in with the Dream Ranch? </li></ul>
  11. 12. Curley’s Wife <ul><li>Suitable Incidents: </li></ul><ul><li>First meeting + the reactions of George and Lennie. 32-4 </li></ul><ul><li>The ranch hands think she’s with Slim – leads to fight. 56-9 </li></ul><ul><li>Her visit to Crooks’s room. 81-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Her death scene. 91-7 </li></ul>
  12. 13. Curley’s Wife <ul><li>She is the only woman on the ranch. </li></ul><ul><li>The ranch hands think she is a tart. Can you find any evidence of this? </li></ul><ul><li>What do her appearance and body language say about her? Page32 </li></ul><ul><li>How does Lennie react to her here? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do we never know her name? </li></ul><ul><li>What were her dreams? </li></ul><ul><li>Look in detail at the way she speaks in Crooks’s room. What do you learn about her? 81-6 </li></ul>
  13. 14. Curley <ul><li>Suitable Incidents: </li></ul><ul><li>First meeting and Candy’s gossip 26-9 </li></ul><ul><li>Very brief appearances: 38,56-7 </li></ul><ul><li>Attack on Lennie. 65-9 </li></ul><ul><li>Reaction to his wife’s death. 102-4 </li></ul><ul><li>After Lennie’s death. 113 </li></ul>
  14. 15. Curley <ul><li>Find evidence for these statements and explain them: </li></ul><ul><li>Only ever makes short appearances. </li></ul><ul><li>Always looking for his wife. Very possessive of her. </li></ul><ul><li>Always aggressive body language – fancies himself as a boxer. </li></ul><ul><li>Always asking questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Wears clothes like the Boss: boots, glove. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a lot of gossip about him and his wife. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Slim <ul><li>Suitable Incidents: </li></ul><ul><li>First meeting. 34-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation with George. 40-46 </li></ul><ul><li>His part in the shooting of Candy’s dog. 50-1 </li></ul><ul><li>How he deals with Curley. 65-9 </li></ul><ul><li>After Lennie’s death. 113 </li></ul>
  16. 17. Slim <ul><li>Look at the paragraph of description on p 34-5. Pick out all the details which justify him being called the prince of the ranch. </li></ul><ul><li>He doesn’t say a lot, but he encourages others to talk. How does he get George to tell him so much about Lennie? 42-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Describe how Slim handles the situationon pages 67-8. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Crooks <ul><li>Suitable Incidents: </li></ul><ul><li>Short appearance to see Slim. 53 </li></ul><ul><li>In his room. Chap 4 </li></ul><ul><li>He is mentioned on pages 21, 30, 101 </li></ul>
  18. 19. Crooks <ul><li>The only worker on the ranch to have his own ‘room’. Why? Why does nobody else go there? </li></ul><ul><li>Look at Chap 4 and find out about his past. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about why he wants to hurt Lennie. </li></ul><ul><li>What gives him the confidence to ask to be part of the Dream Ranch? How is his confidence shattered? </li></ul>
  19. 20. Themes <ul><li>Loneliness </li></ul><ul><li>Dreams </li></ul><ul><li>Itinerant Workers </li></ul><ul><li>Misfits </li></ul><ul><li>Prejudice </li></ul><ul><li>Loyalty/Friendship </li></ul>
  20. 21. Loneliness <ul><li>‘ Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.’ </li></ul><ul><li>George has Lennie – but he’s not a proper companion. </li></ul><ul><li>Lennie also has a succession of ‘pets’. </li></ul><ul><li>Candy : relies on his dog; is eager to join in with dream ranch; wishes someone would shoot him when he gets old. </li></ul><ul><li>Crooks is only allowed to socialise when playing horseshoes. Alone because of his colour. </li></ul><ul><li>Curley’s wife – no female company, no one to talk to, hates her husband. Loneliness leads to her death. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Dreams <ul><li>Owning their own place is the answer to a lot of characters’ dreams, because they are always on the move and can never make friends or start a family. Candy and Crooks are eager to join in with the dream George and Lennie have. 62-4 Crooks had a better life when he was a child. 77 </li></ul><ul><li>George has his own dream of what he would do without Lennie. 11 </li></ul><ul><li>Curley’s dreams of being a boxer are realised but ironically do him no good. </li></ul><ul><li>Curley’s Wife dreams of being in the movies and married Curley on the rebound from the guy ‘in pitchers’. 93-4 </li></ul><ul><li>Dreams make the hard life they lead bearable. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Misfits and Prejudice <ul><li>Most characters are outsiders in their own way . </li></ul><ul><li>Lennie is backward. </li></ul><ul><li>Crooks is black. </li></ul><ul><li>Candy is disabled and old. </li></ul><ul><li>Curley’s Wife is the only woman. </li></ul><ul><li>Curley is short. </li></ul><ul><li>They are the ones most involved in dreams. </li></ul><ul><li>How are they treated by the society around them? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they compensate? </li></ul><ul><li>What would the future hold for them? </li></ul>
  23. 24. Loyalty and Friendship <ul><li>‘ because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.’ </li></ul><ul><li>George sticks with Lennie and protects him, even though he sometimes hankers after a different life. Others think that he must be swindling him out of his pay. </li></ul><ul><li>At least Lennie is a companion. </li></ul><ul><li>Candy is so keen to be friends and belong that he offers his life savings. </li></ul><ul><li>Curley’s wife looks for friendship and companionship from the ranch hands, but it is misinterpreted and leads to her death. </li></ul><ul><li>Crooks is suspicious of relationships and only lets down his guard briefly. </li></ul>