Of Mice and men – Easter holiday revision #2

Here’s your second question. Remeber, I’m only asking for part (c).

At that moment a young man came into the bunkhouse; a thin young man with a brown face, with brown eyes and a head of tightly curled hair. He wore a work glove on his left hand, and, like the boss, he wore high-heeled boots. “Seen my old man?” he asked.
The swamper said, “He was here jus’ a minute ago, Curley. Went over to the cook house, I think.”
“I’ll try to catch him,” said Curley. His eyes passed over the new men and he stopped. He glanced coldly at George and then at Lennie.
His arms gradually bent at the elbows and his hands closed into fists. He stiffened and went into a slight crouch. His glance was at once calculating and pugnacious. Lennie squirmed under the look and shifted his feet nervously. Curley stepped gingerly close to him. “You the new guys the old man was waitin’ for?”
“We just come in,” said George.
“Let the big guy talk.”
Lennie twisted with embarrassment.
George said, “S’pose he don’t want to talk?”
Curley lashed his body around. “By Christ, he’s gotta talk when he’s spoke to. What the hell are you gettin’ into it for?”
“We travel together,” said George coldly.
“Oh, so it’s that way.”
George was tense, and motionless. “Yeah, it’s that way.”
Lennie was looking helplessly to George for instruction.
“An’ you won’t let the big guy talk, is that it?”
“He can talk if he wants to tell you anything.” He nodded slightly to Lennie.
“We jus’ come in,” said Lennie softly.
Curley stared levelly at him. “Well, nex’ time you answer when you’re spoke to.” He turned toward the door and walked out, and his elbows were still bent out a little.
George watched him out, and then he turned back to the swamper. “Say, what the hell’s he got on his shoulder? Lennie didn’t do nothing to him.”
The old man looked cautiously at the door to make sure no one was listening. “That’s the boss’s son,” he said quietly.

(a) From the extract, what do you learn about the character of Curley?
Use evidence from the extract to support your answer. (7)

(b) Explain how the writer uses language to present Lennie’s feelings in the extract.
Use evidence from the extract to support your answer. (7)

(c) In the extract, it is clear that Curley is challenging Lennie.
Explain the importance of confrontation in one other part of the novel.
In your answer, you must consider:
_ how the characters deal with confrontation
_ why confrontation is a key theme. (10)


One thought on “Of Mice and men – Easter holiday revision #2

  1. Kit

    I gave it a go. But not sure!

    In another part of the novel, confrontation is mentioned when Lennie kills Curleys wife. If this part of the novel Curleys wife try to stop Lennie touching her but he will not. In a r esult Lennie strangles her. Because of Lennie having special needs he did not know what to do.

    This is important in this part of the novel because this is towards the end of the play. Therefore this moment is the novel signifies the beginning of the end of the book. This could be the way that the writer likes to end the book with a Drama.

    The importance of confrontation is very important as this is the main theme. In addition this is the key theme in this part because this is the final time in the novel where curleys wife try to confront someone.


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