Of Mice and Men
By Lucy Bostock
CHAPTER 1 ANALYSIS
To be able to know what happens in chapter 1 and why.
To be able to link events to key themes through o...
George and Lennie
resting by the pool
• It’s a natural scene to start with which creates a sense of
peacefulness and calm ...
Long term companions
• George is leading the way and Lennie is following him
also Lennie keeps on asking George questions ...
Animal imagery
• Lennie is compared to many different animals in this
chapter (“he lumbers along like a bear”), can you fi...
George telling Lennie
about the dream
• George gets angry with Lennie and this upsets him so George
describes the dream (l...
Range of emotions
• One moment George is angry with Lennie and then the
next he is comforting him
• The range of emotions ...
Foreshadowing
Foreshadowing is a technique used by
writers to hint at something that will happen
later in the story
Foreshadowing
• In this chapter George and Lennie are on the run after
Lennie doing something bad in Weed
• George has a p...
There is nothing special about
them because many people
have made this journey before
as the path is well worn
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Of mice and men chapter 1 analysis

  1. 1. Of Mice and Men By Lucy Bostock
  2. 2. CHAPTER 1 ANALYSIS To be able to know what happens in chapter 1 and why. To be able to link events to key themes through out the chapter
  3. 3. George and Lennie resting by the pool • It’s a natural scene to start with which creates a sense of peacefulness and calm but is disturbed by George and Lennie’s arrival • George feels its going to be “nice sleepin’ here” • The fact that its threatening is important because it shows not everything is as good as it seems Steinbeck portrays nature as being both dangerous and peaceful.
  4. 4. Long term companions • George is leading the way and Lennie is following him also Lennie keeps on asking George questions which suggests Lennie is very childlike • They are on their way to a ranch after being dropped off by a bus driver four miles away, this is important because it’s the first sign that they will never end up where they want to be • You can tell that George and Lennie have known each other a long time because George knew Lennie had a mouse in his pocket
  5. 5. Animal imagery • Lennie is compared to many different animals in this chapter (“he lumbers along like a bear”), can you find any more in the text? • They are all very strong animals which suggests Lennie has physical strength. • But he also has the low intelligence of an animal which makes him vulnerable
  6. 6. George telling Lennie about the dream • George gets angry with Lennie and this upsets him so George describes the dream (living off the land) to Lennie to calm him down • Lennie is captivated by the dreams especially about the new pet rabbits George is letting him tend • At this point in the story it isn't clear if George believes in the dream • They have different dreams George: to be a normal man Lennie: to have a farm with rabbits Theme of dreams is portrayed in this chapter
  7. 7. Range of emotions • One moment George is angry with Lennie and then the next he is comforting him • The range of emotions that George shows make him more realistic and gives the reader an insight into his personality
  8. 8. Foreshadowing Foreshadowing is a technique used by writers to hint at something that will happen later in the story
  9. 9. Foreshadowing • In this chapter George and Lennie are on the run after Lennie doing something bad in Weed • George has a plan just in case he gets into trouble again Theme- destiny, George seems to know that he and Lennie will need to come back to the pool in the future. • Lennie accidently kills his pet mice ( this is a bad omen for the future)
  10. 10. There is nothing special about them because many people have made this journey before as the path is well worn
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