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Of mice and_men_chapter_1

  1. 1. Of Mice and MenOf Mice and MenChapter 1Chapter 1Francis GilbertFrancis Gilbertwww.francisgilbert.co.ukwww.francisgilbert.co.uk
  2. 2. What happens?What happens?• Lennie and George arrive in the bush, LennieLennie and George arrive in the bush, Lenniedrinks from the pool, they eat beans, argue, talkdrinks from the pool, they eat beans, argue, talkabout Weed and dream of what life might be…about Weed and dream of what life might be…
  3. 3. Your reactions to the chapterYour reactions to the chapter• How well does Steinbeck set the scene?How well does Steinbeck set the scene?• How good is this as an introduction?How good is this as an introduction?• Who do you feel sympathy for?Who do you feel sympathy for?
  4. 4. Synthesize and collateSynthesize and collate• What do we learn about the problems of theWhat do we learn about the problems of thecharacters in this first chapter? What do we learncharacters in this first chapter? What do we learnabout their friendship?about their friendship?• Evaluating effectiveness of the writing.Evaluating effectiveness of the writing.• How effective is this as an opening chapter?How effective is this as an opening chapter?What is it about the language and structure thatWhat is it about the language and structure thatmakes it interesting?makes it interesting?
  5. 5. Author techniquesAuthor techniques• An author uses language to make a piece ofAn author uses language to make a piece ofwriting interesting:writing interesting:• Alliteration (repeated letter soundsAlliteration (repeated letter soundsEMPHASIZE certain ideas or themes)EMPHASIZE certain ideas or themes)• Onomatopoeia (sound words are used toOnomatopoeia (sound words are used toEVOKE an atmosphere)EVOKE an atmosphere)• Varying sentence structures (long/shortVarying sentence structures (long/shortsentences: simple, compound, complex)sentences: simple, compound, complex)• Language which provokes EMOTIONS in theLanguage which provokes EMOTIONS in thereader...
  6. 6. Authorial techniques: sympathyAuthorial techniques: sympathy• Steinbeck takes great care to make Lennie andSteinbeck takes great care to make Lennie andGeorge sympathetic?George sympathetic?• How and why does he do this?How and why does he do this?• When are you surprised by Lennie? Touched byWhen are you surprised by Lennie? Touched byhim? Find him funny? Mysterious?him? Find him funny? Mysterious?• When does George appeal to you and why?When does George appeal to you and why?
  7. 7. Authorial technique: descriptionAuthorial technique: description• Steinbeck describes the countryside and the twoSteinbeck describes the countryside and the twomen briefly but decisively.men briefly but decisively.• When and why?When and why?
  8. 8. Authorial technique: ComedyAuthorial technique: Comedy• There is comedy in this scene, particularly whenThere is comedy in this scene, particularly whenLennie drinks from the pool and asks for theLennie drinks from the pool and asks for theketchup…ketchup…• How does Steinbeck create comedy in thisHow does Steinbeck create comedy in thisscene?scene?
  9. 9. Authorial techniques: DialogueAuthorial techniques: Dialogue• Steinbeck has a “great ear” for how the ordinarySteinbeck has a “great ear” for how the ordinaryworking men, the “bindle stiffs”, talk. Find anworking men, the “bindle stiffs”, talk. Find anexample of some great dialogue…example of some great dialogue…
  10. 10. Building tension and suspenseBuilding tension and suspense• There is real mysteryThere is real mysteryabout Lennie’sabout Lennie’sbehaviour.behaviour.• About the relationshipAbout the relationshipbetween the men.between the men.• The “dream”…The “dream”…• WHY and HOW?WHY and HOW?
  11. 11. Authorial techniques: very distinctiveAuthorial techniques: very distinctivecharacterisations.characterisations.• Steinbeck is brilliant at creating believable,Steinbeck is brilliant at creating believable,sympathetic characters…sympathetic characters…
  12. 12. ThemesThemesLonelinessLonelinessMasculinityMasculinityResponsibilityResponsibilityPovertyPovertyNatureNatureThe American DreamThe American DreamAnything else?Anything else?

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