Write a response on the first chapter Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are many different approaches that could be taken from this.  In my mind, the most stunning element in the first section of the book would have to be with the relationship between Lennie and George.  So much of their relationship is brought out in the opening that it is probably the most resonant element from the first part.  The dynamic between George and Lennie in terms of how they depend on one another is evident.  Lennie needs George, and George needs Lennie.  We see that the frustration that they undergo is sort of mollified by their companionship.  George demonstrates his ability to understand what makes Lennie happy and content.  The discussion of the farm, as well as a life that is fundamentally happier than the existence both lead helps to underscore their relationship.  When George and Lennie are talking about "guys like us" and how their relationship is different than other migrant workers, it helps to underscore that the community and shared connection of both is fundamentally different than the world in which they inhabit.

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