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Why do George and Lennie run away from Weed in Of Mice and Men?

Weed was actually named after a man named Weed. It is still a very small town in a mountainous, heavily forested region, with a population of just under 3,000 by the last census. It would have been...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2014 1:05 am UTC

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What quotes show that Crooks is lonely in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck?

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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Quotes About Curley's Wife

Representative of the temptress, the Eve who ruins the halcyon environment of the Eden-like pond and surrounding greenery, Curley's wife is pathetically lonely after having had to abandon her...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2011 4:00 pm UTC

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Describe Lennie and George's dream for the future.

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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What is Curley's wife's dream in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck? 

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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What is a direct quote of George and Lennie discussing their dream farm in Of Mice and Men?

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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What are three quotes that show Lennie's simple-mindedness in Of Mice and Men?

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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What are some quotes about the relationship between George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men?  

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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In Of Mice and Men what trouble did George and Lennie have in the town of Weed?

Weed is the last town George and Lenny were in before they come to work on the farm. When they were there, Lenny tried to touch a woman in a red dress because he thought she looked pretty. She...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2009 9:55 am UTC

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In Of Mice and Men, why does Crooks change his mind about getting in on the "dream"?

Within a few pages in Chapter Four, Crooks changes his mind twice. When he understands that George, Lennie and Candy actually have the money to buy a farm, he tells Candy: ". .. . If you . . ....

Latest answer posted November 26, 2012 12:50 pm UTC

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Of Mice And Men Friendship Quotes

The most recognizable quote from Of Mice and Men indicates how the need for friendship and the dream of a better life drive the decisions and actions of the two main characters. On the way to the...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 8:31 am UTC

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How is Lennie described as animal-like in chapter 1 in Of Mice and Men?

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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What are some quotes that Curley directed towards Lennie in Of Mice and Men?

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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What are some quotes that show Curley's wife being a young, flirty, ignorant, needy, to blame, and rebellious woman?...

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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Why does George kill Lennie in Of Mice and Men?

Arguably, George kills Lennie for multiple reasons. Though the most obvious reason is to save Lennie from the the mob, there are several other factors we might want to consider. The following list...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2014 3:00 pm UTC

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In Of Mice and Men, how and why does Lennie kill Curley's wife?

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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Why did George and Lennie have to leave Weed in Of Mice and Men?

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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What are some quotes that show Lennie is mentally challenged in Of Mice and Men?

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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In Of Mice and Men, what has caused George to stop playing mean-spirited jokes on Lennie?

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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Of Mice And Men Curley Quotes

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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On what page in Of Mice and Men is Crooks talking about his dream?  

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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What are the important quotes  Of Mice and Men in Chapter  2? please explain the quotes

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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In Of Mice and Men, what does Chapter 2 reveal about the stable buck?

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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In Chapter 1, what does George tell Lennie to do if he gets in trouble at their new job site in Of Mice and Men?

In Chapter I of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men George tells Lennie: "Well, look. Lennie--if you jus' happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an' hide in...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2015 6:50 pm UTC

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What are some examples of conflict in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck?  

A conflict is a struggle between opposing forces. Four major types of literary conflict appear in John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men. These conflicts could be labeled person vs. fate, person...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2016 3:45 pm UTC

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In "Of Mice and Men," what did Curley's wife say to Crooks?

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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On which page(s) is Candy's being one-handed mentioned in Of Mice and Men?  

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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Describe Curley and his wife in Of Mice and Men. What do their actions tell you about each of them? 

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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How does Steinbeck show racial discrimination with Crooks in Of Mice and Men?

Crooks, referred to as the "stable buck," is mistreated, insulted, and threatened. In Section 2 the old swamper named Candy tells George that the boss "was sure burned" when George and Lennie did...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2017 5:49 am UTC

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What does the title Of Mice and Men mean?

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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What is the meaning and significance of the last line in Of Mice and Men:"Now what the hell do you suppose is eatin'...

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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How are Candy, Crooks, and Curley's wife isolated and lonely in Of Mice and Men?

In their own individual ways, Candy, Crooks, and Curley's wife are outsiders on the ranch and in society as a whole. It is because of their outsider status that they are isolated and lonely. Candy...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020 10:49 am UTC

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In Of Mice and Men, why does George stay with Lennie?  

Lennie's Aunt Clara and George knew each other; after she died, Lennie started traveling around with George. George also likes having Lennie around. When he's asked why he stays with Lennie, George...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 4:33 am UTC

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In the first chapter of Of Mice and Men, what does George say to Lennie about how his life could be better without him?

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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When in the book Of Mice and Men does Curley's wife say she is lonely?

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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In Of Mice and Men, how does Candy become involved in George and Lennie's "dream ranch"?  

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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In Of Mice and Men, what do Lennie and George look like?

Similar to their personalities and mental capacities, George and Lennie's physical appearances also contrast. At the beginning of the novella, both George and Lennie are wearing denim trousers and...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2016 4:46 pm UTC

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What inspired John Steinbeck to write Of Mice and Men? Was it an experience he went through?

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 uses animal imagery to describe Lennie, the larger man. Cite two examples of this type of imagery from the...

The first time we meet Lennie, he is contrasted with George: George is "defined" with "restless eyes" and "strong features." Lennie, on the other hand is "shapeless of face." Unlike George's...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020 2:08 pm UTC

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What are three quotes each for George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men that show traits of responsibility,...

In Chapter 1, George says, "Guys like us, that work on ranches...work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake...they ain't got nothin' to look ahead to...with us it ain't...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2008 5:56 am UTC

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In chapter 6 of Of Mice and Men, what is the significance of Lennie's dream about Aunt Clara and the rabbit?

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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What is the main conflict in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck?

There are many small conflicts in Of Mice and Men, but the main conflict involves the struggle for survival, a struggle which is shared by most living things. Lennie could not survive by himself....

Latest answer posted September 1, 2015 12:43 am UTC

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What are George's last remarks to Lennie? Why does George repeat a story that has been told so many times before?  

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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In Chapter 1, what does George tell Lennie to do if he gets in trouble at their new job site in Of Mice and Men?...

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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Who is Slim? Describe his appearance and character in chapter 2.

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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Why is Curley's wife so lonely on the ranch in Of Mice and Men?

Curley's wife is so lonely on the ranch because she is new there, is the only female, and doesn't get along well with Curley. We learn early on from from Candy that Curley and his wife have only...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2020 10:46 am UTC

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What trouble did George and Lennie have in Weed in Of Mice and Men?

It should be noted that George never really saw what happened between Lennie and the girl in Weed, just as he never really saw what happened between Lennie and Curley's wife in the barn. When...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2012 5:09 pm UTC

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What does Steinbeck’s description of the bunkhouse tell us about life on the ranch in Of Mice and Men?

At the beginning of chapter 2, Steinbeck describes the interior of the bunkhouse. The inside walls of the bunkhouse are whitewashed, and the floor is unpainted. There are eight bunk beds with...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018 4:54 pm UTC

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Why does Crooks think that George and Lennie's dream is just foolish?

Crooks believes that George and Lennie's plan to have a small farm is just a pipe dream because he has seen "hundreds of men" come through with the same hopes and never have the dreams been...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2016 9:19 pm UTC

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What does Steinbeck mean when he has Slim say everyone in the world is scared of each other? How does Stienbeck...

Steinbeck examines the themes of isolation, trust, friendship, and fear throughout the novella Of Mice and Men. In a conversation between George and Slim, Slim says, "Ain't many guys travel around...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2017 10:06 am UTC

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