If you had to write a diary describing George's and Lennie's trip to the ranch in Of Mice and Men, how would you start?

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In describing George and Lennie's pelegrinage, or pilgrimage of sorts, to the ranch, you may wish to point to the contrast of their being so inhumanely dropped off from the bus onto the long, lonely road outside the symbolic Soledad, California, to the Eden-like clearing in which there is a harmony of nature. Like one of the animals in this area, Lennie paws at the water and submerges his face to drink. But, at the same time, there are indications that not all is harmonious with the men as they argue and discuss past occurrences which has brought them to this new place where they seek work as "bindle stiffs."

George and Lennie’s contentions over the capturing of mice and how George could get along so much better without Lennie, hint at the title’s meaning that they are victimized and that their plan of owning a ranch of their own may go the same way that Burns’s poem suggests: awry.

Thus, a diary entry will describe the scene with precision, giving attention to important details and contrasting the scene in the clearing to the rather sparse bunkhouse and its lack of beauty. After this description, a reflection of its meaning can then come. Even questions about one’s reflections are often included in diary entries, as well.


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