1.1.1 The dream farm that Candy, Lennie and George dream of could relate to the Garden of Eden.
1.1.2 Slim is a God-like figure that could be seen as the voice of Steinbeck
1.1.3 Curley's Wife represents the snake in the Garden of Eden, tempting Lennie and causing him
to lose his life.
1.2.1 The use of mice shows that the weak can be easily destroyed.
1.2.2 The multicoloured rabbits show that Lennie's dreams are unlikely to happen.
1.2.3 The dead mice being so easily
thrown away show the cruelty
of life in the 1930s, where life
seemed to be easily discarded.
1.3.1 Red is the colour of both
danger and passion.
220.127.116.11 Curley's Wife is depicted as often
'Her fingernails were red'
1.4 Light and Dark
1.4.1 Symbolise hope and despair.
18.104.22.168 Curley's Wife cuts off
the light in the
bunkhouse doorway. She
also ruins the hope of a
good future for Lennie.
'the rectangle of sunshine was cut off'
22.214.171.124 Crooks' eyes
as both dark
'seemed to glitter with intensity'
1.5.1 Of Mice and Men is set in Soledad. Soledad
is the Spanish for solitude.
1.5.2 They play the card game
'Solitaire' which is played alone.
1.5.3 Whenever they try to
communicate a tragedy
happens. For example, a fight,
or Candy's dog getting shot.
1.6.1 Lennie destroys most of
the dreams of other
characters through his
1.6.2 They give hope.
1.7 Death and Destiny
1.7.1 Lennie's murders weren't
deliberate, showing that
death is unpredictable and
1.7.2 'The best laid
schemes of mice
and men go often
askew'. This shows
us that the
doomed to have a
1.8.1 Most friendships involved Lennie. This may be because he doesn't understand the social norms of leading an isolated life.
2.4 Curley's Wife
3.1.1 Born in Salinas in 1902 to a
3.1.2 Worked on ranches in the
summers which made him
aware of the lifestyles of
Lennie was actually based on a real person. The real Lennie didn't kill a woman, but he did go to an insane asylum because he killed a ranch foreman.
3.2 The American Dream
3.2.1 James Truslow Adams defined the American Dream by saying "life should be better and
richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement"
regardelss of social class or circumstances of their birth.
3.2.2 The American Dream stems from the United
States Declaration of Independence that
proclaims "all men are created equal".
3.3 The Great Depression
3.3.1 12-15 million Americans (one third of the population)
were unemployed in the years of 1930-1936.
3.3.2 Many families spilt up when the fathers left to find work. Many
people also couldn't pay rent and there were food shortages.
3.4 Migrant Farmers
3.4.1 There were a series of droughts in the mid-western states which meant
that people had to move off their land. This meant that they couldn't
126.96.36.199 Because of these droughts people moved to California to look for land. Many men
were turned away and the men had to live in camps and were forced to look for
casual farm work. Many worked as ranch hands.
3.5.1 People who didn't fit
into social norms were
If you weren't an able-bodied white American who didn't fit within the 'social norms'.
By 'treated badly' I mean they were excluded from most, if not all, social activities, given sub-standard accommodation and meals, and considered to be less worthy.
3.5.2 Slavery was abolished long before the 1930s, but it was
legal for existing slaves to be kept as slaves.
3.5.3 Women were also marginalised and, without
being married, women had little purpose or
3.6 Of Mice and Men
3.6.1 A line from a
mice and men
4.1 The Clearing/Pool
4.1.1 The starting and finishing
place of the novel. A place of
safety, peace and calmness
for the characters.
4.2 The Bunkhouse
4.2.1 A place of
poverty. Gives a
4.3 Crooks' Room
4.3.1 Shows isolation, but
also reflects Crooks'
5 Techniques Used
5.1.1 Phonetic spelling and slang are used so make
the characters seem more realistic.
5.1.2 Descriptive techniques and
cinematic description is used to
describe nature. This makes
nature seem more desirable than
5.1.3 Racist terms
reflect the time
5.2.1 George often talked
about how life would
be better off without