Excellent revision notes for the English exam on May 2012; Of Mice and Men

For the students who are preparing for the English Exam: The Writer's Craft (5EH2H01) this month, here are some great revison notes for the upcoming exam which will surely get you and A/A*. I'm about to take this exam in 2 weeks myself and it's helping me a huge lot :)

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Of Mice and Men Theme Quotes

FRIENDSHIP THEME:
In this novella, friendship isn't discussed heavily. George and Lennie don't talk about how
they feel about each other or why they should stay loyal ­ they just stand by each other. It's
a very harsh and rough atmosphere, and though feelings…

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fact that both men rely on and look after each other. Again, George is a friend (and not a
father or a master) because he is so willing to admit that he needs Lennie too.

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CANDY: "Well-hell! I had him so long. Had him since he was a pup.…

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Innocence has many different functions in Of Mice and Men. When we first realize Lennie
has a mental disability, he can be described as having a childlike innocence. His attitude
towards the world and others is tempered with a simplistic, childish, and often warm view.
Innocence also functions as the…

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GEORGE: "If we don't like a guy we can say, `Get the hell out,' and by God he's got to do it.
An' if a fren' come along, why we'd have an extra bunk, an' we'd say, `Why don't you spen'
the night?' An' by God he would." (3.209)

EXPLANATION:…

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CURLEY: "I'll try to catch him."

NARRATION: His eyes passed over the new men and he stopped. He glanced coldly at
George and then at Lennie. His arms gradually bent at the elbows and his hands closed into
fists. He stiffened and went into a slight crouch. His glance was…

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CURLEY'S WIFE: "Listen, Nigger."
"You know what I can do to you if you open your trap?"

NARRTATION: Crooks stared hopelessly at her, and then he sat down on his bunk and drew
into himself. (4.116-117)

EXPLANATION:
Curley's wife rankles at being asked to leave Crooks's room. Her prejudice is…

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WOMEN AND FEMINITY THEME:
Of Mice and Men is set in a male environment where there are three types of women: the
imagined nice girl for settling down, the prostitutes for a drink and a trick, and Curley's wife,
who is their daily representation of what to expect from the…

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NARRATION: Lennie covered his face with huge paws and bleated with terror.

LENNY: "Make `um stop, George." (3.248)

EXPLANATION:
Lennie is once again compared to an animal, but this time a curious one. He has huge paws,
but he's like a baby bear outside of its mother's protection. The word…

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