English Literature. 'Of Mice and Men' & 'Woman In Black'

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Of Mice and Men
Social and historical context
During the early 1900's in southern America African Americans fought for
their individual rights as the Jim Crow laws still existed.
The `American dream' allowed everyone affected by the economic
depression, to have their own dream usually to have their own land,
family, friends, to be wealthy and to never worry about money again.
Within the novella `Of mice and men' the `American dream' is displayed
in almost every chapter as George tells Lennie how it's going to be for
them one day, that they will have everything listed above for the
`American dream'.
Many people back then who worked on a ranch didn't have any friends
or family however within `Of mice and men' George and Lennie display a
good friendship that has a great deal of love contradicting everyone's
thoughts of that era.
John Steinbeck's short story "Of Mice and Men" is a tale about two men,
George and Lennie. The story takes place during the great depression
era. George and Lennie first start of in Weed, a town that they are
working in, Lennie the large middle aged man with a childlike brain talks
to a young lady who has a velvet dress on he finds the dresses material
intriguing and feels it, she then screams in a panic this causes George and
Lennie to leave as Lennie supposedly rapes the young lady. Lennie is a
mentally disabled man who is large in stature and is loyal to George.
George has known Lennie since childhood and has become his caregiver
and companion. George is physically smaller than Lennie and intelligent.
The two men form a dream of one day owning their own farm where
they will raise crops and Lennie can have rabbits to raise.

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Lennie ­ large in size and is described to have animalistic features.
`Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water'. Lennie is a peculiar character
however in the 1992 movie of `of mice and men' the portrayal of his
character is easier to comprehend and we know that he is mentally
disabled.…read more

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while as Lennie shared his American dream and enthusiastically told
crooks how they're going to "live off the fatta the lan'".
Curley's wife ­ Curley's wife is described to be a pretty girl with a
heavily made up face, however when she dies she is described as the
complete opposite "the meanness and the plannings and the discontent
and the ache for attention were all gone from her face.…read more

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Most of the people in Crythin Gifford are extremely reluctant to reveal
information about Mrs. Drablow and the mysterious Woman in Black.
Kipps learns that Mrs. Drablow's sister, Jennet Humfrye, gave birth to a
child, but because she wasn't married when she became pregnant, she
was forced to give the child to her sister. Mrs. Drablow and her husband
adopted the boy, called Nathaniel, insisting that he should never know
that Jennet was his mother.…read more

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offers to look after Arthur after his stay at Eel Marsh House, also offering
his own dog as company for Arthur when he decides to go back there.
Also worrying about his new friend, he himself arrives at Eel marsh house
to discover how Arthur was getting on with Mrs. Drablow's papers.…read more

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see Mr Jerome's inability to speak, later described as having a `sickly
greyish pallor' when discussing the spotting of the woman. The fear that
silences Mr Jerome also keeps Mr Keckwick silent about his role in the
affairs that led to the death of the child on the causeway. Kipps himself
is exposed to the terror caused by the unknown during the episode
involving the rocking chair in the nursery.…read more


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