Context/Theme - Lonliness
p.22 M 'murray and readys' employment agency
Steinbeck used to work on a ranch...his knowledge allows the novel to be emotive
Steinbeck felt sympathy for the migrate worker
1929 - Stock market crash
1/3 America was unemployed
fled to California for 'American Dream' - fertile
travelled alone. 'say - ...sellin' pB43
solildad - LONELINESS in Spanish
'guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world' Bp.31
'hardly none of the guys ever travel together'
'ain't many guy travel around together' Tp.57
'a huge man...hung loose'
'heavy hands were pendular'
43 'strong as a bull'
Lack of Memory
Steinbeck - technique used to portray this man with no memory.
p.20 T 'you sonna'
P.21 B 'i tried....forget'
doesn't see actions have consequences inky satisfying immediate need.
Ability to lie
P.22 B 'ain't pocket'
P.26 M 'what...no mouse'
P.24 T 'his face...nothing'
P.24 B 'triumphantly'
doesn't understand the seriousness of the scenario.
P. 27 T 'blubberin'...you' - good quote.
Lennie thinks, in his naive, child-like way, that he and George are finally going to get the land with the rabbits for him to tend. Instead, George must kill him.
P.20M-28 'rings on the water'
shows lennie has mysterious depths
p-28 T - 'wasn't no good'
Lennie Small - noticeably not small
Lennie has to be killed in Chapter 6 by George
Lennie humanely and quickly or watch as the brutal posse tortures him first: his childlike behavior means he doesn't realise what is happening
The same gun that put Candy's dog out of its suffering and misery does the same for Lennie.P72 T
George spends the novel complaining about having to take care of Lennie but doesn't feel the real pain until Lennie is dead. p/24 b 'god...trouble'
Lennie, a huge man who doesn't know how to fight, end up beating a little man who doesn't know how not to fight
George - The Bond
The Dream - Rabbits
How Lennie effects others
Others opinions on Lennie
Lennie and Dog - Candy and Dog
Conversation - Narrative
Coping in Situations
Throughout the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ Steinbeck used a variety of techniques to portray the character of Lennie.