Of Mice and Men Today we will focus on Steinbeck’s characterisation and use of narrative techniques.
5 minutes…• Top 5 things you can remember about the opening of the story.• Try and think of things that other people WILL NOT say.
Matching images and sections from the text• You have got some sections of text and some pictures.• Match the sections of text with the pictures that you think best fit.• On a Post-it note, say why you have matched them together – use the examples here to help.
Reading – section 3• The characters: How would you order these• George characters to show:• Lennie• Slim •The most important to the least• Candy• Carlson important?• The Boss• Curley’s Wife •The most sympathetic to the• Curley least sympathetic?• Crooks •The best developed to the least developed?
Section 3 – Of Mice and MenImportant events in section 3• Lennie’s true strength is revealed• We see how much control George has over Lennie – with George missing, more problems would happen• Curley’s true nature is revealed• The idea of ‘red’ as a theme is developed• Slim’s authority is revealed – even over Curley• We learn the past of Lennie and George• Candy has enough money to make the dream a reality – George lets him in• The death of the dog = foreshadowing later events, creating tension, drives Candy to want to join George and Lennie (motivation), we see Candy’s emotions (responsibility), we see some intolerance from the characters.(Numbers = my order of importance)
Language, Structure, Form• Get a blank double page The mountains The sound of silence is and make a box in the are described emphasised centre. as strong• Write in it The Description of George• Look at the example – I Description of the have commented on how setting the setting is described. Do the same for the character of George.• Add evidence from the text to support. Look in The shape and The peaceful chapter 1. layout of the setting is bunkhouse is described described as if it clearly is heaven
Language, Structure, Form• Now add another layer to your explanations – what’s the effect of the description? ThisThe effect creates anof this The mountains The sound of effectlanguage are described silence is of…is… as strong emphasised Physical description The shape and of the setting layout of the bunkhouse is described The peaceful setting is described as clearly if it is heaven
What can we say about the way Steinbeck uses...?Language• Clearly created Structure Form characters – description, speech, the way others respond to them and actions.• Very simple, but effective language – reflective of the way most people spoke.• Very vivid and carefully crafted imagery.
Character Tops Trumps• Use pencil.• On the back, give each character a rating from 1-10 for the categories (1=weak, 10 super powers).• Add examples where they are asked for.• On the front, write some key words or quotes about that character.