Of Mice and Men – English Only

Here it is: your chance to revise AND add money to the Prom Pot. Every time the of Mice and men page receives a new hit, the Prom Pot gets £1 – every time you score over half marks on the question I have posted, the Prom Pot gets £2. There will be six (c style) questions over the next two weeks. Here is the first:

George held out his hand. “Come on. Give it to me. You ain’t puttin’nothing over.”
Lennie hesitated, backed away, looked wildly at the brush line as though he contemplated running for his freedom. George said coldly, “You gonna give me that mouse or do I have to sock you?”
“Give you what, George?”
“You know God damn well what. I want that mouse.”
Lennie reluctantly reached into his pocket. His voice broke alittle. “I don’t know why I can’t keep it. It ain’t nobody’s mouse.I didn’t steal it. I found it lyin’ right beside the road.”
George’s hand remained outstretched imperiously. Slowly, like a terrier who doesn’t want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again. George snapped his fingers sharply, and at the sound Lennie laid the mouse in his hand.
“I wasn’t doin’ nothing bad with it, George. Jus’ strokin’ it.”
George stood up and threw the mouse as far as he could into the darkening brush, and then he stepped to the pool and washed his hands. “You crazy fool. Don’t you think I could see your feet was wet where you went acrost the river to get it?” He heard Lennie’s whimpering cry and wheeled about. “Blubberin’ like a baby! Jesus Christ! A big guy like you.”
Lennie’s lip quivered and tears started in his eyes.
“Aw, Lennie!” George put his hand on Lennie’s shoulder. “I ain’t takin’ it away jus’ for meanness. That mouse ain’t fresh, Lennie; and besides, you’ve broke it pettin’ it. You get another mouse that’s fresh and I’ll let you keep it a little while.”
Lennie sat down on the ground and hung his head dejectedly.

In the extract we see the relationship between George and Lennie. Explain the importance of their relationship in one other part of the novel.

In your answer you must consider
• How they behave towards each other
• Why their relationship is unusual

If you take the final scene and apply CRISP, you could construct an answer around one or more of the following:
• Character: how does it make the reader feel that George has always got to take the responsibility on his shoulders?
• Relationships: how does the last scene show the strength of George’s feelings for Lennie?
• Ideas: how much do people rely on others and need friendship? How is this particularly relevant to the context of the book (California, the Great Depression)
• Structure: why does the book end up in the same place/setting as where it started?
• Plot: did we expect the story to end as it does? What clues have we been given?


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