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Section 3 - Directions: Answer these questions in complete sentences.
Characterization is the method used by a writer to develop how the character looks, acts, and thinks.
Directions: Read the following passage from the novel and answer the questions that follow it. Refer directly to the passage for support. Answer in complete sentences.
“He ain’t no cuckoo,” said George. “He’s dumb as hell, but he ain’t crazy. An’ I ain’t so bright neither, or I wouldn’t by buckin’ barley for my fifty and found. If I was bright, if I was even a little bit smart, I’d have my own little place, an’ I’d be bringin’ in my own crops, ‘stead of doin’ all the work and not getting what comes up outa the ground.” George fell silent. He wanted to talk. Slim neither encouraged nor discouraged him. He just sat back quiet and receptive.
A theme is a general concept or idea, such as love, justice or sorrow. One way to help you think of themes is to complete the following sentence: “This is a book about _________________.” The theme of the American Dream permeates John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men; several of the major characters seek a version of the American Dream.
Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences.
Literary Analysis: Point of View
The point of view is the way that the narrator sees the events in the story. Of Mice and Men is written from an objective, third-person point of view. The benefit of this choice is the reader is aware of everything that happens in the novel. The drawback is that the reader cannot enter into the thoughts and emotions of any one character. Use this opportunity to explore the effects of using a first-person point of view from the story.
Directions: In the space provided, rewrite one page from Section 3 in the first person (use I, me, my). View the scene through the eyes of any of the following characters: George, Slim, Lennie, Carlson, Candy, Crooks, or Curley. Add feelings and ideas that are consistent with the character’s personality. Include the page reference for the passage you are rewriting.
Section 4 - Directions: Answer these questions in complete sentences.
Character Analysis: Crooks
Characterization is the method used by a writer to develop how the character looks, acts, and thinks. Finding connections is one way to improve your critical thinking skills.
Directions: Read the following passage, then respond to the questions to understand how one character fits into the novel.
Crooks laughed again. “A guy can talk to you an’ be sure you won’t go blabbin’. Couple of weeks an’ them pups’ll be all right. George knows what he’s about. Jus’ talks, an’ you don’t understand nothing.” He leaned forward excitedly. “This is just a ni**er talkin’, an’ a busted-back ni**er. So it don’t mean nothing, see? You couldn’t remember it anyways. I seen it over an’ over – a guy talkin’ to another guy and it don’t make no difference.” His excitement had increased until he pounded his knee with his hand. “George can tell you screwy things, and it don’t matter. It’s just the talking. It’s just bein’ with another guy. That’s all.”
When an object represents a concept or idea, it is called symbolism. There are many symbols in Of Mice and Men. This activity demonstrates how place in the novel can symbolize emotions or ideas. Although you may not fully understand everything each place represents until you finish the novel, you should have a fairly good idea at this point in the story. This activity asks you to think about the complex ideas represented by simple places. Considering these elements more carefully increases your appreciation for the novel.
Directions: For each place listed below, write down all of the emotions/ideas that you feel it may represent.
Symbolism: Defining the Characters
A symbol is an object or action that stands for something else. After finishing Section 4, you have learned a great deal about each of the character’s personalities. In this assignment, demonstrate your understanding of one character through the use of symbolism (for example, choose an object that represents one aspect of your character). This activity asks you to apply your knowledge of symbolism and of the story.
Directions: Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Choose a character from the novel and write his/her name here: _________________________
Step 2: Consider this character’s personality and behavior. Which trait do you feel is the most important one? Write it here:
Step 3: Choose an object that represents the personality trait described above. Think outside the box. What object will you use to symbolize your character? Write it here:
Step 4: In the space below, describe how your object represents the character’s personality trait. You may use note form or use complete sentences. Write your explanation here:
Section 5 - Directions: Answer these questions in complete sentences.
Thematic Analysis: Dreams
A theme is a general concept or idea, such as love, justice, or sorrow. One way to help you think of themes is to complete the following sentence: “This is a book about _____________________.” One of the major themes in Of Mice and Men is the elusiveness of dreams; several characters’ hopes have been dashed by the end of Section 5.
Directions: Identify the dream of each of the following characters, and explain how that dream is destroyed. Explain what you can learn from this at the bottom of the page.
George and Lennie
How it dies:
What message is the author giving the readers? Will anyone’s dream come to fruition? How do you feel after examining this rather depressing theme?
Section 6 - Directions: Answer these questions in complete sentences.
Symbols, objects that represent other things, are significant literary elements; they become a type of shorthand for particular ideas or concepts in a piece of literature.
Directions: The following are recurring symbols in Of Mice and Men. Explain how the symbols are alike and what they represent.
There are six major scenes in Of Mice and Men, and each scene begins with an extended description of the setting, which establishes both a sense of place and of atmosphere.
Directions: Match the settings with the appropriate scene descriptions. Use some settings more than once.
the bunkhouse the harness room the barn the clearing by the river
___________________ 1. XXXXX XXXXXs up some beans for himself and Lennie.
___________________ 2. Curley’s wife threatens to get Crooks hanged.
___________________ 3. George shoots Lennie in the back of the head.
___________________ 4. Curley attacks Lennie.
___________________ 5. There are apple crates on the walls for shelves that are littered with personal items
and Western magazines.
___________________ 6. Lennie accidentally kills Curley’s wife.
___________________ 7. Crooks taunts Lennie about George’s well-being.
___________________ 8. The peaceful spot Lennie must go to if he gets in any sort of trouble.
___________________ 9. Whit shows Slim the published letter from Bill Tenner.
___________________ 10. Lennie attempts to cover the dead puppy with hay.
Pre-Reading Question Review
Directions: Take out the pre-reading questions that you filled out before you read Of Mice and Men. Often you study and learn, your beliefs change. They become stronger, weaker, or entirely different. It is a sign of wisdom and maturity to analyze new ideas carefully and decide which ones to add to your worldview. Therefore, you are returning to the questions you discussed before you read Of Mice and Men to determine what opinions, if any, have been affected by the book. Complete the chart below.
Answers Before Reading
Answers After Reading
Changes? Write yes or no
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