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OF MICE AND MEN ­ john steinbeck
How does Steinbeck create the atmosphere at the start of the novel?

Quotation/Evidence Comment and Analysis
"the Salinas River... runs deep and green. Steinbeck creates a pleasant atmosphere by
The water is warm too." referring to a positive colour like `green' and
indicating…

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Lennie doesn't think about his actions. He When Lennie arrives at the pool near the
rushes in to things without thinking of the Salina's River, he dives in and "drank the
consequences. water with long gulps, snorting into the
water like a horse." He doesn't test the
water first or…

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George KNOWS Lennie. "There were sounds of splashings down the
river in the direction Lennie had taken.
George stopped whistling and
listened."..."In a moment Lennie came
crashing back through the brush. He carried
one small willow stick in his hand. George sat
up. `Awright,' he said brusquely. `Gi' me that…

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PROBLEMS/ISSUES/DIFFICULTIES OF LIVING IN A BUNK
HOUSE
Cramped living conditions ­ lack of personal space
Food prepared by cook ­ limited choice/set meal times
No privacy ­ conversations easily over heard
Living and working together ­ tension/arguments/rivalries etc.
­ possibility of jealousy or frustration with work mates ­ no
escape…

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The Boss

Physical Appearance Character/Nature
Described as, `stocky' ­ wears, Candy says the boss is, `a pretty nice
`blue jean trousers, a flannel fella' ­ he gave the ranchers a gallon
shirt, a black unbuttoned vest, of whiskey at Christmas.
Questions George and Lennie quite
and a black…

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door frame so that her body
was thrown forward.'



CANDY'S DOG
Reasons why Candy's dog Reasons why Candy's dog
should be shot shouldn't be shot
`that dog ain't no good to `I had him since he was a pup.'
himself.' ­ implying that the ­ the dog has sentimental
dogs…

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BROTHELS
DETAILS ABOUT BROTHELS WHAT IT REVEALS ABOUT THE
RANCHERS
Two Brothels in town- Susy's and Clara's ­ Ranchers have a set routine ­ work all week
men prefer Susy's then go to a Brothel on a Saturday night
Susy cracks jokes with the men/it's seen as Trapped in a…

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CHAPTER 4
Character DESCRIBE WHAT MAKES THE HOW ARE THEY HOW DO YOU THINK
CHARACTER AN OUTSIDER ­ TREATED IN THIS THE CHARACTERS
what CHAPTER AND THE WOULD BE TREATED
difficulties/prejudices/issue NOVEL AS A WHOLE? ­ TODAY? Do we
s do they face? Consider give understand/treat
their physical and mental…

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He is not capable of the up to him. But Curley's would probably be
jobs that everyone else Wife and Curley take living in a care home
does on the ranch. He is advantage of him and being looked after
scared that at any point he disrespect him. They daily.…

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WHAT WERE HER DREAMS?
`put me in the movies' ­ she wanted to be a film star

`an' had nice clothes' ­ she wanted to have nice clothes

`an' I coulda sat in them big hotels.' ­ she wanted to go to fancy, hotels

`an' had pitchers took of me.'…

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