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Of Mice and Men. Notes Chapter 1. Setting. California The Great Depression/1930’s. Characterization. Definition: The act of creating and developing a character. Direct characterization is used when stating of describing characteristics

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of mice and men

Of Mice and Men


Chapter 1

  • California
  • The Great Depression/1930’s
  • Definition: The act of creating and developing a character.
    • Direct characterization is used when stating of describing characteristics
    • Indirect characterization is used when showing a character’s personality through his/her actions, thoughts, feelings, words, appearance, and other characters’ observations



Shapeless face

Large, pale eyes

Wide, stooping shoulders

Drags his feet

Arms hang loosely




Follows orders



Likes to touch soft things

Doesn’t know his own strength





Sharp, restless eyes

Thin, bony nose

Dark face

Slender arms


Street smart

Impatient with Lennie

Comes off mean

Has good intentions

Burdened by Lennie

Seems to really like Lennie

relationship between george and lennie
Relationship between George and Lennie
  • Unclear why they are together
  • They are very good friends
  • Seems like they are brothers
    • George would be the older brother caring for Lennie
what would george do without lennie
Get a job and keep it

Do whatever he wants

Play cards

Go to a “cat house”

Have a girl

Buy a house

Shoot pool

Drink Whisky

What would George do without Lennie?
the dream
The Dream
  • Have a house
  • Have a few acres
  • Keep a few animals (pigs and chickens)
  • Work if they want to
  • Lennie will tend to rabbits
  • Provide for themselves

***Live off the fatta the land***

important quotes
Important Quotes
  • “Maybe you’re getting better” (15).
    • What is wrong with this statement?
      • Shows that George wants Lennie to change
      • Seems like Lennie is not sick- he can’t get better
    • Why is it important?
      • Foreshadows
      • Makes readers feel like something bad will come
quotes cont
Quotes Cont.
  • “’With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us…’”
  • “’Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.’” (14)
    • George and Lennie are not like other migrant workers
    • They have each other, and that fact alone sets them apart from others
literary terms
Literary Terms
  • Simile: “Slowly, like a terrier who doesn’t want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again.” (9)
  • Personification: “The sycamore trees whispered in a little night breeze.” (16)