English Literature: Of Mice and Men Analysis Chapter Three

What game is George playing while talking to Slim? What does this symbolise?
Solitaire - a card game for one which symbolises loneliness.
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What do we learn a lot about in this chapter?
George's relationship with Lennie.
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Since when has George looked after Lennie? What is clear? - Use quotations
Since the death of it's Aunt Clara. It's clear that Lennie wouldn't have been able to survive without someone looking after him - George says he "can't think of nothing do himself" and Slim notices that he'd "jes' like a kid"
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What does the fact George has abused his power over Lennie in the past remind the audience?
Just how dependent Lennie is on George.
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What does George think about ranchers who travel alone?
That they are lonely and that makes them get "mean" and want to "fight all the time"
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What is George's explanations for why Lennie gets into trouble.
Because he's so "dumb"
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What did Lennie do in Weed?
He grabbed a woman's red dress and wouldn't let go. She claimed he'd ***** her - so they're on the run.
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What does the woman's red dress in Weed remind us of? What is it a warning of?
Curley's wife - it is a warning of danger.
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What is whit excited about? What does this excitement show?
That he has found a letter from Bill Tenner in a magazine - he seems proud to have known him. His excitement at such a small thing suggests how life is quite boring.
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What are 'pulp' magazines?
Magazines with adventure stories.
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Why does Whit read 'pulp' magazines?
As a farm of escapism from the reality of his life.
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What does Slim invite George to do?
Come with him and the other men to the brothel saying it's "a hell of a lot of fun"
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What does Whit show to the reader?
What George might be like if he didn't have Lennie or their 'dream'
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What does the scene of shooting the dog foreshadow?
What will happen to Lennie.
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Why does Carlson want to shoot of Candy's Dog? What does this suggest.
Because it "stinks" - this suggests when thinks are no longer useful on the ranch they're got rid of.
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What does Candy's quote "They'll can me purty soon. Jus' as soon as I can't swamp out no bunk houses" show?
That Candy knows when things are no longer useful on the ranch they are got rid of.
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When does Candy accept his dog's fate? What does this emphasise?
When slim agrees the dog should be killed which emphasises the authority that Slim has on the ranch.
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How does Steinbeck create a very tense atmosphere in the bunk house while the men are waiting for Candy's Dog to be shot?
He describes the silence that "invaded the room" four times before they hear the gunshot - it's as if Candy's emotion makes them feel uncomfortable.
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"I bet we could swing her" What does this quote from George show?
That he really believes in the dream - he finally sees a way out of his current existence.
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What does Candy do when he overhears George and Lennie's plans for a place?
He offers his compensation money from when he lost his hand, and to make a will to leave his money to George and Lennie. He believes enough in the dream at this point that he's willing to invest in it financially.
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What does George excitedly calculate? What does this excitement contrast with?
That they could buy the farm by the end of the month. His excitement contrasts with his usual pessimism and his hope makes the dream seem possible.
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What does the most optimistic part of the play (reality of the dream) do to the following events?
Make the tragic events seem even worse because the dream appears to be so close to becoming a reality.
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What does Carlson and Candy try to do?
Start a fight with Curley - calling him "yella as a frog belly"
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What seems to bring the men together? Give another example.
Fighting - e.g. Christmas when the beat up Crooks.
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Why is Lennie smiling? Why does this cause problems?
Because he is thinking about the dream and the rabbits - but Curley thinks he's laughing at him and attacks Lennie.
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What does Lennie do when Curley attacks him?
Nothing - he's scared - he calls George to help.
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What animal reference is Lennie described as? What does this remind the reader of?
Using his "paws" to protect his face - it reminds the reader of how strong Lennie is.
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What happens after George tells Lennie to "Get im" (Curley)?
Lennie grabs Curley's fist and crushes his hand.
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How takes control of the fight between Lennie and Curley? What does he manage to do?
Slim - he persuades Curley to say his hand was crushed in a machine.
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What does the sudden violence of Curley and Lennie's fight contrast with?
The happiness of the three dreamers.
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What is now clear? Who is appalled by the damage to Curley's hand?
What Lennie is capable of - pretty much everyone is appalled even Slim.
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What has been repeated for Lennie?
The unintentional destroying of something.
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What makes George and Lennie's jobs seem not so safe?
The fact the dream became so close to being ruined moments after it seemed a possibility.
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What does the fact George has abused his power over Lennie in the past remind the audience?


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What does George think about ranchers who travel alone?


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