Of Mice and Men Storyboard part 1
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Exposition: George and Lennie are two migrant workers preparing to get to a new job. Lennie is strong but slow, and George is small but smart. To keep Lennie working, George tells him that one day they will own a rabbit farm together.
"For a moment Lennie lay quiet, and then he said hopefully, 'We gonna work on a ranch, George.'" Steinbeck, p. 4
"Curley stared levelly at [Lennie]. 'Well, nex' time you answer when you're spoke to.' He turned toward the door and walked out." Steinbeck, pg. 13
Rising Action: Lennie and George get the job they want and meet Curley, the boss's son, who does not seem to like them.
Rising Action: After a day of work, all the men are together. Candy, who is older, has his dog, who is also old, killed. Curley comes in and accuses Slim of flirting with his wife. They begin to fight.
"Slim said, 'Well, you been askin' me too often. I'm getting...sick of it. If you can't look after your own...wife, what you expect me to do about it?'" Steinbeck, p. 30
Rising Action: Lennie steps in and Curley begins to fight with him. In the fight, Lennie accidentally breaks Curley's hand just from holding it too hard.
"Curley's fist was swinging when Lennie reached for it. The next minute Curley was flopping like a fish on a line, and his closed fist was lost in Lennie's big hand...'Looks like ever' bone in his han' is bust.'" Steinbeck, p.31
Rising Action: Lennie is playing with a puppy but kills it by accident. He is upset from this. Curley's wife comes in to comfort him.
"Lennie said softly to the puppy, 'Why you got to get killed? You ain't so little as mice. I didn't bounce you hard.'" Steinbeck, p. 42
Climax: While feeling Curley's wife's hair, Lennie snaps her neck and kills her.
"And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck...and then he whispered in fright, 'I done a bad thing.'" Steinbeck, p. 45
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