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Context
· When the novel is set
· Historical/social factors that are relevant to
the time it is set
· Where the novel is set and why
· How the context affects the plot,
characters and themes
· Could you answer the question How are
the ranch workers affected by the context
of the story?…read more

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Great Depression Relationships
Migrant/itinerant California
workers "No Help Wanted"
Ranches
No benefits Mass unemployment
1930s American Dream
Real places
Racism/inequality
Dreams
Hunger…read more

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The title
· Alliterative connection between mice and men ­
both subject to fate
· Context of title gives biggest clue as to
tragedy/pessimism for the dream
The best laid schemes o' mice and men
Gang aft a-gley (often go wrong)
· Struggle for survival in Burns' poem hints at
vulnerability and helplessness of characters
· Could you answer the question What is the
significance of the title?…read more

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Plot
· Know the story inside out ie. READ and
RE-READ
· Write detailed summaries of each of the
six chapters so you know exactly when all
the main events take place
· Consider what we learn about the past
and the future in each section…read more

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When did it happen?
· Lennie breaks Curley's wife's neck
· Candy shows them around the bunkhouse
· Lennie goes to the brush, as instructed by
George
· Lennie has a dead mouse in his pocket
· Candy's dog is shot
· All the men go into town except Crooks,
Candy and Lennie…read more

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