Of Mice and Men Questions

Katrina Staab

English 10

30 October 2016

Part 1:

1.

The cause of making a character disposable is when the character doesn’t fit in. They are used in the story but people treat them like they don’t matter. They see these characters as less than what they really are.

Lennie is an example of a character who is disposable. He is seen as someone who is less then anyone else because of the way he acts. However, there are a few other characters that are seen as disposable such as Crooks. Crooks is disposable in this book because of his race. He comes across as less because of his skin color. These people around him don’t like being around him because he is black. On page 66, they describe him by saying, “Crooks, the negro stable buck.” He is called a name that is disrespectful about his skin color. He is seen to be less because of his skin color along with him being cripple. People are seen as less when they have something visibly wrong with them.

Crooks’ being disposable is justified when he talked about how he is unwanted. On page

68 he says, “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink. Well, I tell you, all of you stink to me. Other people don’t treat him respectfully. They don’t include him simply because of his race.

In the section where you learn about crooks, there is imagery. On page 66, it says,

“There were cans of saddle soap and a drippy can of tar with its paintbrush sticking over the edge.” You can visualize what is being talked about. Also, the point of view in this book is 3rd person. It uses he, she, it, him, he, etc.

2.

I think that this book is titled with a name that fits very well. At first when you think about it, it might not make sense. However, there are some things that are somewhat parallel in the poem and the book. They have different meanings for some things but there are some that are similar.

The poem reminds me of the book when I see the lines, “Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi’ bickering brattle!” When I look at the original writing it doesn’t make sense however I looked at the modern English translation and it says, “Why dash away, so quick, so rash, in a frenzied flash.” It relates to when Lennie and George ran away from Weed. They left quickly without going back. They needed to leave. They were scurrying away from things that were troubling them just like the mouse is running away from the farmer in the poem.

When I saw the part of the poem where it says, “An forward, tho’ I canna see, I guess an’ fear!” It reminds me of the part where George had just shot Lennie. People were looking at him. Also, George would have been terrified because he just shot the person that the other people were looking for.

There is setting in this book. They are on a ranch in the Salinas valley. There is also symbolism. The rabbits along with the ranch that they want to get symbolize and dream of freedom. They want to be free from having to find work and getting into trouble. Part 2:

A dream that was shown in this book is Lennie and George wanting to get a ranch and Lennie wanting to tend rabbits. They want it so that they don’t have to work at the ranch anymore. They want to be able to not worry about getting into trouble. They want to be by themselves with this ranch where they can make money off of that instead of working for other people. The spark of the dream is when they first talk about what they want to do. On page 14, they say, “An’ live off the fatta the lan’.” They want to get that house and everything else.

The blaze of the dream is when they bring it up again, but in front of Candy. Candy get involved and excited about this plan. They talk about how in about a month they will have enough money to get that ranch and leave. Candy even offer to help pay for it just as long and he can get out of working where they are currently. Candy also says on page 59, ” I’d make a will an’ leave my share to you guys in case I kick off, ’cause I ain’t got no relatives nor nothing.”

He talks about how he is willing to help them and write his will to them if they would be willing

to let him go along too.

The dying of the flame happens when Lennie kills the puppy and Curley’s wife. Lennie says on page 87, “George ain’t gonna let me tend no rabbits now.” He knew that he had done a bad thing with both the dog and Curley’s wife. He knew that the dream wasn’t going to come true because they were going to have to leave. He felt bad and he wanted the dream just like George and he killed the dream just like a flame dies.

On page 93, there is personification when the book says, “But the barn was alive now.”

This is personification because a barn can’t be alive which is giving a non-human thing, human like characteristics. Another device is dialogue. This shows how the people talk and it shows you what kind of a personality they have.

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