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Of Mice And Men

Setting
Salinas Valley

Natural, peaceful, beautiful:
o "Green" "golden foothill slopes"
Wildlife:
o "Lizard" " Rabbits" "'coons" "heron" "coyote" "skittering" ­ onomatopoeia.
Often visited & disrupted by man:
o "Beaten hard" (x2) ­ use of ploce "limb is worn smooth" "the rabbits hurried noiselessly for
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o Also kills dog = prolepsis.
Themes
Friendship & Loneliness

George And Lennie:
o Only true friends on the ranch.
"`I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.'"[Lennie]
o Ranch life is lonely, but George and Lennie aren't:
"`Guys like us, that work…

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o "He [George] repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times
before.'"
o "`We could live offa the fatta the lan'.'"
o "`We'd belong there.'"[George]
o "`Sure, we'd have a little house an' a room to ourself.'"[George]
o "`An' it's be our own, an' nobody could…

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o He's segregated and rejected "``cause I'm black.'"[Crooks]
o Ironic as he's most permanent worker on the ranch and had "accumulated more possessions
than he could carry on his back.
o "`I tell you a guy gets too lonely and he gets sick.'"[Crooks]
o "`If I say something, why it's…

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People open up to him, e.g// Crooks and Curley's Wife. This is important as it shows their prejudice
and loneliness.
Keeps George company and so keeps him sane.
Wants the dream but for simpler reasons than George.
o "I wanna tend the rabbits."[Lennie]
Represents the mentally disabled in society and…

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o I'll kill the big son of a bitch myself. I'll shoot 'im in the guts.

Boss' son, "wore highheeled boots".

Curley's Wife
Quotes:
o She had full, rouged lips and widespaced eyes heavily made up
o I'm looking for Curley
o Jesus, what a tramp
o I never seen…

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o Never mind. A guy got to sometimes.


Minor Characters

The Boss
Carlson
Whit

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