Mice and Men animal imagery chapter 1 handout by FnvkeG

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									Discuss Steinbeck’s use of animals/ animal imagery as a clue to the novel’s outcome.
Choose 1 area and use the bullet points as a guide to answering the question.

                        The Title                                         Characterisation
The title is faithful to Robert Burns’s poem from which   In your discussion, you might want to consider the
it is taken. In Burns’s poem "To a mouse" we read:        following:
               The best laid schemes o’ Mice and Men,
                                                          • The animal imagery used to introduce Lennie and
                  Gang aft a-gley (often go wrong)
                An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain    associations with that animal
                           For promis’d joy."
                                                          • The powerful link between Lennie and the mice
In your discussion, you might want to consider the        • Lennie’s “blubberin’” when his mouse is thrown
following:                                                away
• Steinbeck’s use of the alliterative “Of Mice and Men”
and the context of the title in Burns’s poem
• The fact that the poem is about the struggle for
survival of a fieldmouse
• The fate of the mice in the first chapter

                          Setting                                            The Theme
In your discussion, you might want to consider the        In your discussion, you might want to consider the
following:                                                following:
• Where George and Lennie have come from and              • The story “about the rabbits”
what seems to have happened there                         • What immediately precedes the story “about the
• The fact that the rabbits “hurried noiselessly for      rabbits”
cover”                                                    • The significance of the more ‘colourful’ description of
• The disturbance of the animals in their natural, calm   the rabbits at the end of the chapter
environment

								
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