How Does Steinbeck Give Three Examples Of Symbolism In Of Mice And Men

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Name _____________________________________________ American Classics/Of Mice and Men “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Robert Burns, Scottish poet About the author:

Setting:

Structure:
Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men (MM) as a play/novelette. That is, the structure of the book is very much like a play even though it appears to look like a short novel. Notice how easily the book breaks down into acts and scenes as in a play: Act I
Scene i. A sandy bank of the Salinas River
Scene ii. The interior of a bunk house Act II
Scene i. The same as Act I, scene ii
Scene ii. The room of the stable buck, a lean-to Act III
Scene i. One end of a great barn
Scene ii. Same as Act I, scene i Also, what we learn
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Be sure your example is complete and give the page number in parentheses at the end. 1.
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Give three examples of symbolism that you find in the novel. Name the idea or thing and what it stands for. Give the page number in parentheses at the end of the example. 1.
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Parallels and Contrasts:
Parallels are things that are similar or alike and their similarity provides emphasis. Contrasts, on the other hand, are things that are different, but they also provide emphasis. Give examples of each from the novel. The first one in each case is give as an example. Give the page number in parentheses at the end of the example. Parallels:
1. George and Lennie’s dream and Curley’s wife’s dream: both are never realized.
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Contrasts:
1. George is small and smart; Lennie is big and dumb
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Characters: Fill in the table for the following characters.
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Make reference to the novel in support of your ideas. Write these on your own paper and attach to this packet. Why do we have friends? What makes a friend?
How important is it for human beings to have a place where they belong, where there are people who know them and love them?
Why do dreams sometimes fail?
Define euthanasia. Then defend or condemn the practice. Justify your belief.
Who is your favorite character in this book? Give your reasons for choosing him or her. Chronlog: Fill in the blanks to complete the plot summary. George and Lennie leave Weed because _______________________________________________
Lennie likes to pet _________________________________________________________________
They are going to work _____________________________________________________________
George and Lennie want to buy ______________________________________________________
On the farm, Lennie will tend ________________________________________________________
George and Lennie clash with

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