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Of mice and men
The title: inspired by the poem "to a mouse" by Robert Burns




John Steinbeck chose this title because it relates to the ideas explored in of
mice and men. That despite how hard you work and how much you plan fate
is control, your life is…

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Characters:
Name Significance Personality Appearance Relationships
of name with others
George George is Short "Small and Slim- forms a
Milton- Greek for tempered quick, dark of close
dynamic farmer- links Paternal face, with relationship,
restless eyes
character with theme Sharp in
and sharp
trusts him as he
of fate every…

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perform domestic and physical work for their owners -Lennie could be
compared to a wild animal that has been embraced , in this sense, by
George to perform labour and work in order to achieve their American
dream




Like all animals he also possesses an uncontrollable side that could be…

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Name Significance Personality Appearance Relationship
of name with others
Candy- use Candy itself Impudent "the door He is close to
as a plot is sweet and (casually opened and a his dog
developmen pleasing rude) tall, stoop mostly as he
shouldered
t "candid" ­ Powerless
man came in"
isn't that…

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Curley As well as Angry "thin young Implied that he
his hair it Aware of man with married his wife
could his power brown face, for the
symbolise Violent with brown convenience
his wild, Mean eyes and a Lack of love for
untamed spirited head of his wife is shown…

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appreciates
Lennie and
George's
friendship




Slim is quickly established as the character that is most at peace with
themselves. Because of this we constantly compare characters with him,
to intensify their weakness. For example Curley "wore high heeled boots"
to superficially show power, whereas slim has an "authority so great…

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behind his
name




Name Significanc personality Appearance Relationship
e of name with others
Carlson Portrayed "A powerful
as selfish big
as he has stomached
man"
little
concern
for candy's
feelings
regarding
the dog
However
he isn't
cruel



Name Significance personality Appearance Relationship with
of name others
The boss We don't…

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"live off the fatta the lan"
"They fell into silence, they looked at one another amazed.
This thing they has never really believed in was coming true"
"coulda been in the movies an' had nice clothes"
"It don't make no difference said George and he fell silent
again"



Friendship
"cos…

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"you gonna give me the mouse or do I have to sock you?"
"I could get you strung up on a tree so easy"
"I'll kill the big son of a bitch myself"



Racism
"Listen nigger, you know what I could do to you if you open
your trap?"
"they…

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Paradise lost poem

There are similarities with john Milton's paradise lost poem
including the actions of imperfect humans, the presence of
temptation and the consequence of doing sinful things
By giving George the last name Milton it seems to show that
he is a man doomed to loneliness, wanting to…

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