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Because of the setting, the characterization of Crooks is meant to demonstrate the effects of racism and discrimination. He is physically isolated and lonely—he is not allowed into the bunkhouse...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020, 6:35 pm (UTC)

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Lennie's death in Of Mice and Men is one of the most haunting and heartbreaking scenes in all of literature. In short, George kills his best friend to spare him from a worse fate. After Lennie...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020, 11:16 am (UTC)

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The title Of Mice and Men has a lofty, epic quality which initially appears at odds with the humble people Steinbeck describes. It is based on the lines in "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns: The best...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2020, 5:10 pm (UTC)

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Throughout the novel, George and Lennie constantly refer to their dream farm, particularly at Lennie's insistence. This farm is presented as a secular heaven—a place of abundance and community in a...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020, 11:09 am (UTC)

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In short, Curley's wife dreams of a better life than the one she's currently living. She isn't a kind person, seeking out those whom she views as weaker than herself and further demeaning them to...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020, 4:15 pm (UTC)

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Not long after George and Lennie arrive at the ranch, George makes it clear to his friend once again that he should let him do all the talking. Lennie, who trusts George implicitly, goes along....

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020, 11:32 am (UTC)

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It isn't clear what Lennie's unique mental challenges are, but he certainly interacts with others in ways that reflect an inability to reason in typically adult-like ways. Because of this, he has a...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2020, 12:44 am (UTC)

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An important quote occurs in the first paragraph as the narrator describes the idyllic natural spot by the Salinas River where George and Lennie camp before heading to work at a nearby ranch. This...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2021, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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One of the first things we notice about Curley's wife in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is that she is not given a name of her own. She is simply referred to throughout the novel as "Curley's...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2021, 11:29 am (UTC)

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There's plenty of quotes that emphasize Lennie and George's unique, conflicting relationship. I can help you identify and talk about some of them. Guys like us got no fambly. They make a little...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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George and Lennie dream of saving up their money and purchasing their own small farm. This is a part of the American Dream of land ownership that is largely out of the reach of migrant workers...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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Lennie is an intellectually disabled man, who is massive and extremely strong. Lennie also has an affinity for petting soft things, and his ultimate dream is to one day own numerous rabbits....

Latest answer posted November 30, 2020, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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Before George and Lennie travel to their new jobs on the ranch, George tells Lennie that if he happens to get into trouble, he must remember to travel back to the riverbed and hide in the brush....

Latest answer posted December 21, 2017, 8:49 pm (UTC)

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The relationship between Lennie and George is one of close friendship. The two men, who on the face of it, seem like chalk and cheese, have developed a close bond over the years that keeps them...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021, 10:48 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 3, with Slim's "God-like eyes" and calm invitation to talk, George explains why he and Lennie go around together when most "bindle-stiffs" are loners. Comfortable with conversing with...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2013, 5:48 pm (UTC)

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In chapter two, Candy introduces himself to George and Lennie and the two migrant workers have a tense meeting with the boss's son Curley. After Curley leaves the bunkhouse, Candy describes...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020, 7:47 pm (UTC)

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In Of Mice and Men, Curley is the son of the ranch boss and is well-known among the men for his quick temper and fighting ability. Perhaps because of Lennie's size, Curley is keen to physically...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2017, 8:13 am (UTC)

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In Steinbeck's classic novella Of Mice and Men, Lennie Small is a mentally handicapped migrant worker, who travels the country with his close friend George and relies on him for protection and...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020, 1:01 pm (UTC)

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In chapter four, Candy enters Crooks's room to find Lennie and begins discussing their dream of one day owning an estate, where they will live off the land and enjoy a life of independence. After...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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In the opening chapter of the novella, George and Lennie camp by the Salinas River and it becomes apparent that Lennie looks to George for guidance, protection, and advice. As a mentally...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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In the first chapter of the novella, George gets upset with Lennie and comments that he would get along better without him. George then brings up the incident in Weed, which put them in serious...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2020, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men, though Crooks is depicted as a social pariah because of his race, it is also evident that, unlike others, this man is no transient, and he may be better educated...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2016, 7:32 pm (UTC)

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For quotes that display honesty, understanding, and responsibility, head toward the start of the book, where Lennie and George, among other things, eat beans. Lennie makes it known that he’d prefer...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2021, 3:19 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter Five, Curley's wife enters the barn and has a conversation with Lennie, who initially refuses to speak to her because George prohibits him. When Lennie tells Curley's wife that he is not...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2019, 12:52 pm (UTC)

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Curley's wife has come into the men's bunkhouse uninvited. Once there, she starts trash talking Crooks, Candy, and Lennie. Normally, Crooks is very demure around Curley's wife; as the only...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2018, 6:12 am (UTC)

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This is a fantastic question. If you read carefully, there are many allusions to animal-like qualities that describe Lennie. And this is not only in chapter one. As you read, keep following the...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2015, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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Susy's place is a brothel frequented by the migrant farm workers to whom George and Lennie are introduced at the beginning of Of Mice and Men. Old Susy herself is described as a likable character...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018, 7:17 am (UTC)

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George stopped playing tricks on the childlike Lennie after Lennie entrusted his life to George and nearly died. When George Milton and Lennie Small arrive at the ranch where they have been hired...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2017, 8:49 am (UTC)

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Chapter 2 introduces the reader to the characters as George and Lennie arrive at the bunkhouse and talk with old Candy, the swamper, As George inspects his bunk, he finds a can of insect spray....

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011, 4:36 pm (UTC)

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Crooks at first repudiates Lennie's idea that he and George are going to buy a farm and live off the fat of the land. He calls the dream a fantasy, stating, Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2021, 11:11 am (UTC)

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As other educators have noted, Candy becomes involved in the dream ranch in the aftermath of his dog’s death. It is, therefore, the prospect of being alone and unable to work that pushes him to...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2020, 8:57 am (UTC)

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Crooks dreams of having company and belonging somewhere where he is wanted. Crooks wants to belong. He is the African-American stable hand. Because of his race, he is ostracized by the ranch...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2016, 5:26 am (UTC)

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In terms of his appearance, Slim is described as a "big tall skinner." He has a "hatchet face" that is "ageless," and hands are "large and lean . . . [and] as delicate as those of a temple dancer."...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019, 11:19 am (UTC)

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Curley's wife reveals that she always wanted to go to Hollywood and make it as a movie star. Once upon a time, a member of a traveling troupe passing through her hometown told Curley's wife that...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020, 7:40 am (UTC)

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George stays with Lennie because he values his friendship and takes care of Lennie. It may seem that Lennie needs George more than George needs him, but in actuality, they both need each other...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2021, 11:00 am (UTC)

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First off, calling what Lennie experiences a “dream” might be misleading. Lennie is not asleep or unconscious. In fact, someone might argue that he’s lucid. As other Educators have already pointed...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2020, 4:06 pm (UTC)

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In Of Mice and Men, the character of Lennie seems to have a developmental disability, which is indicated in his own words, the other characters’ comments, and the narrator’s descriptions and...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019, 4:37 am (UTC)

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Right before George shoots Lennie in the back of the head to spare him a terrible death, Lennie asks George if he can recite their dream. George proceeds to repeat the story about how they will own...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2016, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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There are two mentions of Candy's being one-handed. The first one is described in Chapter 2 in the fourth paragraph (page 18 of the Penguin edition)-- He pointed with his right arm, and out of the...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2017, 3:08 pm (UTC)

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The fact that Carlson has no idea what is "eating them guys" suggests a few things. Not only is Carlson callous, as mwestwood has described above, but his lack of insight also indicates that George...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2015, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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Towards the beginning of the novella, Carlson enters the bunkhouse and begins to complain about the smell of Candy's old dog. Carlson also says that Candy's dog cannot see or eat solid food, which...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2017, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck was very much on the left of the political spectrum. As such, he instinctively sided with the underdog, with the downtrodden and dispossessed. He was thus acutely aware of the many...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019, 8:27 am (UTC)

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Steinbeck occasionally employs similes in the novel. As the following examples show, he tends to use them to add danger or mystery to a situation. In chapter 1, the author writes that Lennie "drank...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 11:41 am (UTC)

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Curley and his wife, though newlyweds, don't get along well, and that is because they share some of the same negative characteristics. Curley's wife, who is never named, is a self-absorbed teenage...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2020, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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Curley says three times that he wants to shoot Lennie in the guts—once on page 92 and twice on page 93 of my edition, which is the Penguin Centennial edition. Curley is distraught and angry that...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019, 1:59 am (UTC)

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Curley, the boss's son, first appears on page 25 in chapter 2 of the Penguin Books release (1993 edition) of Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men. He comes into the bunk house just as George and...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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You may begin your essay with a hook of some sort to grab the reader's attention (a quote, an anecdote about friendship or dreams, etc.) or you can simply begin by introducing the title and author...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2014, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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George and Lennie believe they are different from the other migrant ranch hands because they have their friendship with each other to stave off loneliness and because they have the dream of owning...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2021, 11:15 am (UTC)

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Candy is similar to his dog in multiple ways. Both are old and limited in their abilities. Candy lost his hand on the job years ago. Due to his old age and disability, he has outlived his...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2020, 4:47 am (UTC)

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The primary antagonist of Of Mice and Men is, of course, the crippling poverty of the depression era. However, Curly is about as close as you'll come to finding a human antagonist. He is cruel and...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020, 11:46 am (UTC)

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