CliffsNotes on Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides)

CliffsNotes on Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides)

Susan Van Kirk

Language: English

Pages: 80

ISBN: 0764586769

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in the series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

In CliffsNotes on Of Mice and Men, you'll meet drifters Lennie and George and recount their peculiar difficulties and unusual bond. The CliffsNotes commentaries, summaries, and character analysis will show you why this sweet, sad, and moving American story is considered to be one of Steinbeck's greatest works. You'll also find

  • Life and background of the author, John Steinbeck
  • A short introduction to the novel
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • Critical essays
  • A review section that tests your knowledge
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and the bad thing of killing Curley s wife, as evidenced by his leaving for the bushes near the river when he realizes she is dead. However, he doesn t fully comprehend the implications of her death, as evidenced by his taking the pup s body with him so that George wouldn t see it as well. Lennie s reasoning is that the body of Curley s wife is bad enough; the body of the pup would compound the wrong done. This action—and the thought process that preceded it—reemphasizes Lennie s child-like

Slim understands, taking him for a drink. But Carlson and Curley can not understand why George feels so bad. Their last words— Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin them two guys? —indicate that the world is a cold and harsh place. Glossary jack-pin a metal or wooden pin used to fasten ropes to a ship. Character Analyses The following character analyses delve into the physical, emotional, and psychological traits of the literary work s major characters so that you might better understand what

has difficulty remembering even simple instructions, picks up the refrain by finishing George s sentences. To George, this dream of having their own place means independence, security, being their own boss, and, most importantly, being somebody. To Lennie, the dream is like the soft animals he pets: It means security, the responsibility of tending to the rabbits, and a sanctuary where he won t have to be afraid. To Candy, who sees the farm as a place where he can assert a responsibility he didn

s wife comes for the same reason. Crooks says, A guy goes nuts if he ain t got nobody. Don t make no difference who the guy is, long s he s with you. Even Slim mentions, I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain t no good. They don t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. George s taking care of Lennie and the dream of the farm are attempts to break the pattern of loneliness that is part of the human condition. Similarly, Lennie s desire to pet soft things comes from

so Lennie and George won t get fired. Lennie is afraid he has done a bad thing and that George won t let him tend the rabbits. But George explains that Lennie did not mean to hurt Curley and that he isn t in trouble. Later that week, Lennie tells Crooks about the plans to buy a farm, and Crooks says he would like to join them and work for nothing. In the middle of their conversation, Curley s wife enters and, after Crooks tells her she isn t welcome in his room and that if she doesn t leave, he

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