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List 4 characters that you
believe are outsiders and
explain why...
Candy
Lennie
Crooks
Curley's wife…read more

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Why are they outsiders?
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
(Crooks) (Candy) (Curley's wife) (Lennie)
Benji Hamish Charlie Frankie
Georgia Helen Riva Stubsy
Alex M Livvy Tom Alan
Adi
Group 5 Group 6
(Curley's wife) (Crooks)
Jack Ellie
Gracie Sophie
Kirsty Sam
In your groups create a fact page explaining why each character is an
outsider. It should include points from you, quotes, ideas, opinions and
anything else you like!…read more

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Note taking!
Make notes from the following slides to
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Candy
Far more important is a trio of misfits or outsiders:
Candy is an old man, reduced to cleaning the
bunkhouse after losing his hand in an accident at
work. He has been compensated by his employer
and has saved the money, which he offers to give to
George, in return for a share in his and Lennie's
dream. George is happy to agree to this, but is not
interested in buying the smallholding with Candy
alone, after Lennie has killed Curley's wife.
Candy is excluded from the social life of the ranch-
hands, by his age, his disability and demeaning job,
and by his own choice ("I ain't got the poop any
more", he says when the others go into town on
Saturday night). His lack of status appears when he
is powerless to save his old dog from being shot.
He bitterly (and unfairly) reproaches Curley's wife
for the loss of his dream.…read more

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Crooks
Crooks is also disabled and a Negro, unusual at
this time in California. (He points out that he is
not a "southern negro", referring to the "deep
south", states like Mississippi, Alabama and
Georgia, where coloured people live in large
numbers). He is excluded by his colour from the
bunkhouse (he is allowed in at Christmas, but
has to fight one of the men, it seems). Crooks
protects his feelings by keeping to himself.
When Candy tells him of the dream ranch, he
offers to work for nothing. But Curley's wife
reminds him that he has no hope of sharing the
dream, and he pretends the offer was made as a
joke. (But it seems clear that he means it when
he says it.)…read more

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