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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 the temperature of the water is
pleasant as well. It seems like an attractive
environment.
The water has... "slipped twinkling over the This suggests that the river flows smoothly
shallow sands in the sunlight." and looks calm. The writer uses words like
`twinkling' to emphasize the picturesque
landscape and atmosphere.
There is reference to animals gathering at This implies that the pool is a place where
the pool ­ for example, "a lizard", "rabbits", animals like to go, where they are happy and
"coons", "dogs" and "deer" feel safe. The environment must be tranquil
and peaceful.
The path had been, "beaten hard by boys The fact there is a path implies that the area
coming down from the highway in the is used quite a lot and is a popular place for
evening to jungle up." ranchers to go.
"In front of the low horizontal limb of a giant This shows the place is one where lots of
sycamore there is an ash made by many people like to go and camp or stay a while.
fires; the limb is worm smooth by men who Its shows that the limb of the sycamore
have sat on it." tree is used a lot to sit on.
LENNIE
Lennie is very childish. He likes the feel of petting mice because
they are soft etc. "'what do you want of
a dead mouse, anyways?' `I could pet it
with my thumb while we walked along,'
said Lennie."
Lennie obeys George. (respect, fatherly figure) "'give it here!' said George. `Aw, leave
me have it, George!' `Give it here!'"
Lennie's closed hand slowly obeyed.
George took the mouse and threw it
across the pool to the other side, among
the brush."
Lennie is impatient. "Lennie broke in. `But not us! Ah' why?
Because... because I got you to look after
me, and you got me to look after you,
and that's why.' He laughed delightedly.
`Go on, now George!'"

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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 think about the fact that it
may be polluted.
Lennie is forgetful and relies on George to "'I thought I put it in my side pocket.'"
remember things.…read more

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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
mouse!'" George knows that Lennie had
gone and got the mouse back from the
river.…read more

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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.…read more

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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 coat.…read more

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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 life is miserable value/long term
companionship
`god awmighty that dogs `you wouldn't think it to look
stinks.' ­ unpleasant for the at him now, but he was the
others ranchers to be best damn sheep dog I ever
around seen.…read more

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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 cycle ­ spend wages on women
clean and whisky every week ­ no escape
Susy says `ain't no water in my whiskey' All the men have slept with the same
women at the brothel ­…read more

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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 examples/evidence people with similar
states/their status on the issues or
ranch circumstances better
or worse? What
advantages might the
characters have if they
lived in the 21st
century? Give real life
examples
Lennie Lennie has…read more

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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. Plus he would
could be thrown off the don't think he capable. have family and friend
ranch because of his age.…read more

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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.…read more

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