Help with Of Mice and Men quotes!

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I'm doing an exam on May the 22nd about the book Of Mice and Men but I'm finding it difficult to find quotations and explanations for the characters George, Lennie, Candy, Curley, Slim and Curley's Wife. I need 5 quotations and explanations for each character.

Any help would be much appreciated :)

Posted Sun 29th April, 2012 @ 18:55 by Harley

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  • You could make links to how Lennie is like an animal e.g. "covered his face with his huge paws and bleated with terror" - paws makes him seem like a bear and "bleated" could be like a lamb? not sure if this makes sense? Lennie is also very childlike; he needs guidance and looks to george for this "Lennie, who had been watching , imitated george exactly...looked over to george to see whether he had it just right"
  • Slim is also referred to as being like a prince or godlike - "majesty" "royalty" "prince of the ranch" - are a few phrases that steinbeck uses to describe him. Also slim, unlike curley, has the respect of the workers on the ranch " There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke". Also he doesn't need to wera fancy clothes to earn respect - unlike curley - "Like the others he wore blue jeans" Slim represents the best qualities of the working class man.
  • Candy is old, and knows that during the depression people were valued on the amount of work they can do, survival of the fittest. Steinbeck draws parallels to candy and his dog - candy's dog is old and useless and so the other ranch workers kill him "When they can me here I wisht somebody'd shoot me" - life is cheap on the ranch - ( as shown when slim disregards his puppies " I would have had to drown most of em' anyways") - Candy is lonely his one and only friend is his dog. Candy is weak and so Carlson continues to pick on him about the dog -  He can't argue with the other men over his dog because he knows that he isnt in any shape to defend himself in a fight - " Candy looked helplessly at him"
  • Curleys wife is like curley's possession or trophy and is emphasised by the fact that steinbeck does not let the reader know her name. The other characters describe her as "jail-bait" "a tart" "purty" "*****" "rattrap" - Steinbeck describes her as "heavily made up" this shows that she cares about how she looks and wants attention from the ranch workers - possibly to make curly jealous and take notice of her. She is the only woman mentioned on the ranch - which probably means she doesn't have any other friends, she is lonely " I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely". In th novel we are introduced to two side of Curley's wife. The first side being when she threatens to hand crooks "She turned on him in scorn "listen ******" she said " you know what I can do to you if you open your trap?" - this is quite a malicious side to her. Later on in the novel, the last time we see her she seems very innocent and at peace "meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face...her face was sweet and young"

Anyhew I really hope some of these points help you out - tbh I am so glad I saw this question in the feed becasue it reminded me that I too need to revise for the same exam - and to stop staring at my facebook newsfeed! LOL

Answered Sun 29th April, 2012 @ 20:11 by Mz
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Hve you tried the 'York Notes Study Guide' for Of Mice and MEn? This book has helped me so much and is well worth buying it.  Also, the website shmoop is absolutely brilliant :)

Answered Mon 30th April, 2012 @ 15:04 by Claire Harrison