Mr Legowski’s 10xEN1 home learning – due Monday 20 January

Your home learning is two-fold:

  1. Write a paragraph in response to the question posed in today’s lesson: what do we learn about Lennie from the comparisons made with animals?
  2. Who would you cast as George and Lennie in a new film of the novel? Give reasons for your choices.

An independent enquirer working at:

  • Grade C will make comparisons between Lennie and the animals he is being compared to.
  • Grade B will explain the effect that the animal comparisons have on the reader’s understanding of Lennie.
  • Grade A will make insightful comments about what we learn about Lennie from the animal comparisons.

Deadline: Monday 20 January.

Mr Legowski

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18 thoughts on “Mr Legowski’s 10xEN1 home learning – due Monday 20 January

  1. Jordan

    1) We learned that Lennie is big and is dangerous if he is provoked. This is proven when he attacks Curley after being provoked to do so. This shows that like bears, which he is compered to, he will only attack to protect himself.
    2)Nikolai Valuev as Lennie and Steve Buscemi as George

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  2. Rosie

    1. Lennie is described in terms that refer to a bear and a horse. Both of these animals are big and strong, reflecting Lennie’s power. Bears are known to only attack when they are provoked, which explains why Lennie squeezes the mice’s heads; they bit him and he hurt them back. But not knowing his strength, he accidentaly kills them.

    2. For a modern-day film of the book, I would cast Tom Hanks as Lennie and Tom Hiddleston as George. Hanks was able to perfectly portray a well-meaning simpleton with many talents in Forrest Gump, so there’s no reason as to why he couldn’t play Lennie. Hiddleston is able to play his roles in a way that gives the characters hidden depths that wouldn’t be questioned if it was any other actor. For instance, his portrayal of Loki – the trickster god – in The Avengers Assemble shows that he can be intimidating and malicious, whilst being a small-seeming character.

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  3. Lucy

    1) The fact that Lennie is compared to animals shows that he is regarded as `different`. Also, Lennie is compared to big animals such as horses and bears portraying himself as being, (as with these animals) big and strong and if provoked, dangerous.
    2) For George i would possibly cast Richard Armitage, as in the hobbit he plays a dominant character who leads others (as George leads Lennie) and for Lennie i would cast Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in Harry Potter, as he too cares for animals and is big as with Lennie.

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  4. Alice F

    1) Lennie is compared to animals multiple times in the book, Of Mice and Men. The author compares him to a bear and a horse. When you think of a bear, you could think of it in two ways. One, a big dopey animal, strong and has the ability to attack if provoked. Or two, a vicious animal with no sense of compassion to what it kills. I personally thought about a mix of both of these descriptions. As a reader, I got the impression that Lennie was a big manly man, who, like a bear, doesn’t know his own strength, whereas on the other hand I also got the impression that he was a bit dopey too.
    2) If I were to cast George and Lennie, I think for George I would cast Tom Cruise. Simply because I feel he has been type-cast as a strong leader type character, who fits the description of George well. For Lennie, I would cast Brad Garret. As he is 6’8 and would fit the role of an unintelligent burly bloke perfectly.

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  5. Samantha

    1) Lennie is compared to the strong dangerous animals like a bear due to his great strength which he is unaware of. Bears do not attack unless provoked when the mice bit Lennie he returned the pain he received but due to him not knowing his strength he ended up killing the mice.
    2) For George i would choose Daniel Radcliffe as i think he would be able to play a dominating main character who could lead others through different circumferences.I think Quinton Aaron would play Lennie well as he is shown as a strong character, he has played a character similar to lennie in the film ‘The Blindside’ in this film he was shown as a dopey character with a lack of intelligence, this makes me think that he would also be great in the role of Lennie.

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  6. olivia

    1) Lennie has been described as a bear and horse from page 2 of the book. Although both animals come of as quite big and strong both have got similarities too and Lennie has seem to have gotten them. Because of the description of Lennie he seems to come of quite different. it is known that if a bear is provoked that they will become quite dangerous and if Lennie is provoked he will too become dangerous.
    2) If i could cast two actors for the role of Lennie and George then I would pick; Jerry Trainor (actor for Nickelodeon) for the role of Lennie and Jack Black for the role of George.

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  7. Ruby W

    (1) We learn from Steinbeck’s animal comparisons the true character of Lennie. Steinbeck’s comparisons are both quiet different. Firstly a bear, like Alice said there are two sides to a bear.
    1) A big dopey soft kind animal. Strong physically, weak mentally. 2) If provoked wild and vicious capable of destroying life. Steinbeck’s other comparison of a horse shows the strong and loyal side of Lennie who is willing and eager to please.

    (2) If I were casting The characters of Lennie and George I would cast gerard depardieu as Lennie because of his lumbering and clumsy frame. I would cast Sean Penn as George because of his capability of playing a small and feisty man who knows what he’s doing.

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  8. Georgia

    1. Lennie is compared to animals throughout he book, such as a bear or a horse. “The way a bear drags his paws” We already know that Lennie is big and strong. By referring to Lennie as these larger animals, an audience could get the impression of Lennie being aggressive- like a bear, but looking into it Lennie means no harm. Paws are clumsy, and has less grip than hands, this suggests that Lennie is clumsy and he is unaware of his own strength, for example he thinks he is doing no harm by petting mice, but he kills them.
    2. I would cast Michael Clarke Duncan as the role of Lennie as he is big which would represent his strength and would match the comparison to a clumsy innocent bear. He also played that kind of role very well in the film green mile. For the role of George, I would cast Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks can adapt to any role, I think he will be able to portray a caring yet strong character.

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  9. Erin

    1. Lennie is compared to animals such as a horse and bear. It tells the reader about the character because it shows that he is big and strong like when he accidently kills the animals he is holding but also has a soft side. It also shows that he will attack if provoked like a bear.

    2. I would cast Josh Hutcherson as George because I think in the Hunger games he acts really well as a leader and that is how George is portrayed. For the character of Lennie I would choose to cast Ryan Gosling because he is tall and strong like Lennie and he also is very good actor and can play any role.

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  10. Chloe

    1) We learn that, although Lennie is compared to large, possibly dangerous animals such as bears and horses, he is generally a kind man, however he is quite clumsy, just like bears are. We can also see that killing those mice in the story wasn’t intentional as he doesn’t know his own strength.

    2) For Lennie I would say Sylvester Stallone because he is quite tall as well as reasonably strong as he is a famous boxer.
    For George I would say Tom Cruise because is quite small (around 5ft5) however he’s quite intelligent and likes to take lead in things.

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  11. james c

    for lennie i would cast tom hanks, he is tallish, and can playthis type of role e.g forest gump. we also lennie is refured to as a bear alot, this shows his animal like attributes and that he does not know his own strengh, we know this because their is refference to lennie killing mice just by petting them

    i would then cast martin freeman as george, because we know he can take on a main role, due to his recent character of bilbo baggins in the hobbit trilogy by peter jackson, he is small, smart, whitty perfect for george

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  12. Emilia

    1) Lennie is compared to animals such as bears and horses on page 2. I believe he is compared to animals because animals/pets need owners to care and look after them like Lennie who needs a guardian to help look after him as he gets himself into trouble because he is a vulnerable character.
    2) To play the characters of Lennie and George i would cast Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. I have chosen these to actors because i believe they are suitable and highly talented. Johnny Depp would make a great Lennie because of his creative persona and skill.
    I think Morgan Freemen would suit the role of George because he plays mature, responsible personas.

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  13. ellie

    1) Lennie is compared to animals in the book, he is compared to as a horse and a bear. For example the way a bear drags his paws suggests that he is big and clumsy like a bear, he has loads of strength but doesn’t know how to use it. Also “snorting into the water like a horse.” suggest that’s he is like a horse. Lennie is compared to a horse because they are loyal like him and he is a good worker like a horse. The book compares him to animals because animals need care and Lennie needs guidance from George.
    2)I would cast Tom Hanks as Lennie because he played a similar character in forest gump. i would cast Tom Hiddleson as George because he looks like the description of George in the book.

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  14. Ian

    Lennie is described within the novel with animalistic features. However, it is show strength and size rather than a physical appearance. His “bear paws” and links between a horse shows he strength as both are strong animals. Also, the links between bear and Lennie shows that he is very unaware of his power, and he can’t control himself.

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  15. Niamh

    1.) Lennie is large and if provoked can be quite dangerous and so in the book he is compared to a bear. I think he could also be compared to a horse because horses are big and strong and very hard working which as we see in the book Lennie is very good at physical labor to.

    2.) I would cast Tom Hanks as Lennie because in Forrest Gump he played as similar charcter as Lennie and i think he would be able to portray him quite well. I would cast Tom cruise as George because he is a very talented actor who could play the leading role very well.

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  16. Kiera

    1) Lennie is big and strong and does not always know his own strength. In the book he is compared to a bear, this could be because bears are large and heavy handed which can cause damage like Lennie does to the mice. He could also be compared to a bear because he has a childlike mind and young bears are very reliant on their parents and thats kind of the situation with George who treats him like a child and has to watch over him like a parent would.

    2) For George I would cast Denzel Washington as he is good at playing leading roles and when in character always seems in charge. For George I would cast Sylvester Stallone as he is big and strong but also seems a bit slow and would play the character well.

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  17. Louis R

    1) Lennie is compared to animals such as a horse and bear because Steinbeck wants to show the readers about the characteristics or the person because it shows that he is large and powerfull and not knowing his own strength much like a powerful animal, this can be seen when lennies pet mice die when he pets them.He can also cause much damage if provoked which would be just like a hostile animal.

    2)For George i would cast Daniel Radcliffe as he has appeared in many movies as a serious and dominant character yet not being a large size.For Lennie i would cast Arnold Schwarzenegger as he has a strong large build yet can be perceived as slow minded by people and he would add an interesting and possibly comedy side to the film.

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  18. noula.hart

    1. Lennie is described in terms that refer to a bear and a horse. Both of these animals are big and strong, reflecting Lennie’s power. Bears are known to only attack when they are provoked, which explains why Lennie squeezes the mice’s heads; they bit him and he hurt them back. But not knowing his strength, he accidentaly kills them.

    2. For a modern-day film of the book, I would cast Tom Hanks as Lennie and Tom Hiddleston as George. Hanks was able to perfectly portray a well-meaning simpleton with many talents in Forrest Gump, so there’s no reason as to why he couldn’t play Lennie. Hiddleston is able to play his roles in a way that gives the characters hidden depths that wouldn’t be questioned if it was any other actor. For instance, his portrayal of Loki – the trickster god – in The Avengers Assemble shows that he can be intimidating and malicious, whilst being a small-seeming character.

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