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Of Mice and Men
Year 11 Revision
5/20/2013

Shannon Brown

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Of Mice and Men

Characters



George Milton
A fairly intelligent itinerant worker who travels around with Lennie

Dreams of owning and working a small farm
Aware of the low expectations and aimless lifestyle that are typical of the average itinerant
farm worker
George has taken on responsibility for Lennie partly…

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Lennie is the gentlest character but also the most destructive
His fear turns to anger
Can't control his own strength



Slim
Dignified and charismatic
Exerts a natural authority
Gentle and friendly
Represents a strong moral force
Acts like the conscience to the other characters
Steinbeck's description of Slim suggest an…

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Carlson and Whit

Carlson doesn't consider anyone's feelings
Doesn't understand why George and Slim seem upset at the end of the novel
Whit is a fun guy
Not bitter about ranch life
Lonely and desperate for company and friendship
Whit has no ambition
Already tainted by the harsh ranch life…

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Themes

Loneliness and Isolation
Their loneliness motivates them to look for an alternative way of life
Candy seeks comfort and solace in his dog,
George and Lennie seek it in each other
Crooks seeks it in his pride and skill at pitching horseshoes
Men on ranch are like orphans
Crooks…

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Dreams often kept a secret to begin with
George is displeased when Lennie and Candy tell Crooks about their dream. In contrast, CW
seems desperate to tell Lennie about her dream
Ironic that CW confides in someone who has no interest or understanding of what she is
saying
People on…

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