Of Mice and Men


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  • ch. 1 pg. 13, 14
  • "About the rabbits"
  • "O.k. someday we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs and rabbits.'
  • ch. 3 pg. 45, 61
  • "The way I'd shoot him he wouldn't feel nothing."
  • "I ought to of shot that dog myself George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog."
  • ch. 5 pg. 87, 91
  • "I was jus' playin' with him... an' he made like he's gonna bite me... an' I made like I was gonna smack him... an'... an' I done it. An' then he was dead."
  • "You stop it now, you'll mess it all up."
  • In this scene, George and Lennie are two ordinary people. They are running from a problem in Weed. George and Lennie talk about their dream of owning the ranch. This scene symbolizes the average person's dream. The dream represents the "American Dream" of owning their own ranch. The theme shows, the average person wants to own their own ranch with cows, pigs and rabbits because George and Lennie want all of this on the ranch.
  • ch. 6 pg. 105, 106
  • In this scene, Carlson shot and killed Candy's dog. Candy regrets not shooting him himself. This scene foreshadows Lennie's death because Candy and his dog are foils for George and Lennie. The theme shows, true friends look after one another and take care of each other because George and Lennie are always there for each other.
  • In this scene, Curley's wife goes into the barn. Lennie pets his wife's hair.  He pets her too hard and breaks her neck and kills her. This scene is the climax of the story. This is where everything starts to go wrong. The dream starts to quickly undo itself. The theme shows, our own actions have consequences even if we don't mean it. Our actions are our dreams undoing because Lennie got in trouble so his consequence is him getting shot.
  • In this scene, everyone is on a search for Lennie for killing Curley's wife. George remembers he told Lennie to hide if he ever was in trouble. George finds Lennie by the river hiding and shoots him in the head. This scene shows, the death of Lennie symbolizing the death of owning the ranch. The theme is "the best laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry" because the plan of the ranch is over and done with.
  • "Le's do it now. Le's get that place now."
  • "Look across the river, Lennie an' I'll tell you so you can almost see it."
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