Of Mice and Men

"Of Mice and Men" was written by John Steinbeck, and published in 1937. It is set in California, during the Great Depression.

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What kind of book is Of Mice and Men?

Of Mice and Men is a historical fiction novella, as it took place in the 1930's during the great depression

What are some examples of racism in the book Of Mice and Men?

When Lenny is talking to the black man , and the black man says " I can't even go to the bunkhouse to play cards , because I'm black " '

Why is Crooks trying to scare Lennie?

Because Crooks has suffered in his past from racism and discrimination in America in the 1930's, and it has made him bitter and twisted. The only way that Crooks can feel better is to make someone else feel what he felt. He isn't neccessarily a bad person, he has just been badly mistreated in the past and wants to feel better.

What is the setting of the book 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck?

It is set in the 1930's during the Great Depression. It is on a ranch in the Salinas Valley near the Salinas River, just south of Soledad in California.

The novel opens with the major characters, George Milton and Lennie Small, camping for the night beside a pool along the banks of the Salinas River. The following morning, the two hike to a nearby ranch, where they take up residence in the bunkhouse. Steinbeck paints a vivid picture of the sparsely equipped facility and of the hot, dusty ranch land on which George and Lennie work.

To be more specific, all 6 chapters of the story take place in the following 4 places, respectively:

1. Outside of the ranch, clearing by the lake

2. Bunkhouse

3. Barn

4. Crooks' Room

What reason would people sell the ranch for only 600?

Because back then, $600 was a lot of money, and in the book it says that one of the sellers needs an operation so there.

What does Lennie try and sneak into his bed?

one of Slim's dog's puppies because he wants to pet it :)

What was george and lennies ultimate goal?

To buy a small farm, with rabbits, settle down in safety, away from the world.

Why does Crooks tell George that Lennie's a nice fella?

Crooks tell George Lennie's hell of a nice fella because Lennie doesn't treat crooks like a negro but as a human being as there is no racial tension between the two character's.

What does crooks want in the book Of Mice and Men?

He wants company because hes black he is always on his own when Lenny and Candy go to see him he tells them to get out but secretly he wants them there to talk to him and because Lenny is simple and Candy is also lonely they all want the same thing not money not a great life just friends (only know this because i studied of mice and men for 12 years)

What is the moral of the book Of Mice and Men?

the moral of this story is to believe in your dreams and make them happen

What is summary for Of Mice and Men chapter five?

In Chapter 5 of Of Mice and Men, Lennie has just killed his puppy by accident and is stroking its dead body. He worries that George will be angry at him and won't let him raise rabbits on their farm. He hurls the dead puppy across the room in frustration, then retrieves it and strokes it again.

Curley's wife comes in and sits beside him. He hides the puppy and tells her he's not allowed to talk to her. She reassures him that they won't get in trouble because everyone else is busy with a horseshoe tournament.

She sees the puppy and comforts him about its death, then complains she's lonely. She tells him she wants a different life, and had a chance to go to Hollywood to become a movie star, but was forced to settle for marrying Curley.

Lennie tells her about the rabbits, and she asks him why he likes animals so much. Lennie tells her he likes soft things, and she lets him pet her hair. But he holds on too tight, which scares her so she cries out. Lennie panics, putting his hands over her mouth to quiet her, but he tightens his grip too much and shakes her until her neck is broken.

Realizing that he's killed her, he tries to hide her in the hay. He worries that George will be angry if he finds out. He flees, taking the puppy's body with him. He runs to the clearing in the woods (where the novel began).

Candy discovers the body in the barn when he goes looking for Lennie. He calls George, who realizes what's happened and hopes that Lennie can just be locked up where he can't hurt anyone but can be treated well. However, Candy tells him that Curley will have him lynched.

Candy asks George if their dream of buying the farm will ever happen, but they both know it won't. George always knew it wouldn't, but Lennie had liked the idea so much that he went along with it.

Worrying that he will be implicated in Curley's wife's death, he has Candy deliver the news and pretends not to have seen the body himself.

When Candy tells the ranch workers what happened, a mob gathers. Curley demands that they find Lennie and kill him. He has them get Crooks's shotgun, and they leave to find and shoot Lennie.

Quotes about sexism is in of mice and men?

This isn't a quote, but an important element regarding Sexism is that Curley's wife is never named throughout the book. This portrays her as an object; a possesion of Curley's.

What foreshadowing is in chapter 2 Of Mice and Men?

The main theme would be Curley's wife's appearance.

She wears all red, which instantly foreshadows danger, and portrays her as a sexual woman, which is how she was seen by most men on the ranch.

You can link this to the woman in Weed. Lennie grabs her red dress and she cries for help and gets away. This could show Curley's wife is in danger, or will cause trouble like the woman in Weed did for Lennie and George - which she does.

What does Curley think is going on between his wife and Slim?

He thinks Slim is having relations with Curley's wife because she appears as a flirtatious character but only really wants attention. Slim is seen as one of the greatest men on the ranch and the men look up to him, and everyone likes Slim, but not Curley.

Identify candy in Of Mice and Men?

candy is old, has one hand and an old dog who is killed at some point in the story. he is seen as useless.

How did George treat Lennie and Of Mice and Men?

George treats Lennie like a brother. He helps him with everything and tells him what to do basically.

What is an example of external conflict from of mice and men chapter 3?

Man vs Man- Curley vs Lennie

Man vs Nature-George and Lennie vs Trying to survive by making money on farms

Man vs Society-Lennie vs Self-control


Man vs himself- George vs His well-being and dreams

Would you recommend Of Mice and Men to others?

It's a relatively short novel and has a lot of internal meaning. Although i feel you must have an acquired taste for classic novels. You also must enjoy tragedy. But it does have a firm grasp of the realities of human emotion.

yes i think it is an amazing book. There is so many things that go on and the lead up to the end is quite dramatic, which i think was the best part.

Does Curley's wife like Curley?

No. In fact, she comes right out and says that she does not like him. She marries Curley to get back at her mother, who she suspects ruined her chance to get into Hollywood. She regrets her decision to marry Curley from the beginning (They've only been married for two weeks when the story takes place.).