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Look carefully at this landscape what do you notice

LOOK CAREFULLY AT THIS LANDSCAPE. WHAT DO YOU NOTICE?


Of mice and men

Of Mice and Men

  • Watch the video on the context for ‘Of Mice and Men’, complete the activity sheet as you are watching.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5063FCAH8mM


Introduction

Introduction

  • In his opening paragraph Steinbeck describes a beautiful landscape where the ‘water is warm’, there is ‘yellow sands’ and trees which are ‘fresh and green’.

  • Discuss with a partner

    what this description

    makes you think and

    feel.


However

However

  • There are also words which suggest the image is not as idyllic as it seems; ‘debris of winter’s flooding’ trees with ‘mottled white recumbent limbs’ and a ‘path beaten hard by boys’.

  • What do you think it is that damages Steinbeck’s perfect landscape?


Look carefully at this landscape what do you notice

NATURE

  • The beautiful landscape has been damaged where men have beaten a path through the trees and burnt natures beauty into nothing more than a ‘ash pile’

  • Also natural forces such as floods have also spoilt the beauty of the landscape.


George and lennie

George and Lennie

  • It is at this point that we are introduced to the two main characters of the novel George Milton and Lennie Small


Look carefully at this landscape what do you notice

‘For a moment the place was lifeless, and then two men emerged from the path and came into the opening by the green pool

They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other. Both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons. Both wore black, shapeless hats and both carried tight blanket rolls slung over their shoulders. The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and, sharp strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose. Behind him walked his opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, with large pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws’


Characterisation

Characterisation

  • What do you think this word means?

  • How a writer introduces and develops a character.

    • What they look like.

    • What they do and how they do it.

    • What they say and how they say it.

    • Their relationships.

  • Why the writer brings them into the story is always important.


Look carefully at this landscape what do you notice

  • You have been given two gingerbread men.

  • From our initial introduction to Lennie and George I want you to identify key features of their appearance, and with quotes, describe how they look around the outside of the gingerbreads.


What do you notice about this image

What do you notice about this image


Look carefully at this landscape what do you notice

Compare and Contrast these two images.


By the end of chapter 1 steinbeck has introduced his two main characters

By the end of chapter 1 Steinbeck has introduced his two main characters

  • What they look like.

  • What they do and how they do it.

  • What they say and how they say it.

  • Their relationship.

  • While we are reading the opening of ‘Of Mice and Men’ I want you to focus on these four aspects of character.


  • Look carefully at this landscape what do you notice

    • On your gingerbread outlines write round the outside your ‘Key quotes’ related to each character.

    • Finish the gingerbread man off so one looks like George and the other looks like Lennie.

    • Write on the inside the important characteristics that make up each character.


    Lennie

    Lennie

    • These are all different representations of Lennie

    • Which one is most like what you expected Lennie to look like?


    George

    George

    • These are the different representations of George.

    • Which one looks most like what you expected George to look like?


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