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Questions about the novella 'Of Mice and Men' (1937) by John Steinbeck. Use this tag with the [john-steinbeck] tag.

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What roles do the minor characters play in 'Of Mice and Men'? [closed]

The minor characters (characters except George and Lennie) highlight the themes of the story (the theme of barriers (freedom and confinement) and the theme of dreams) by creating tension and ...
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In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, why are there repeated references to halters jingling in chapter 4?

While reading John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, I noticed a peculiar repetition in chapter 4, where there are three mentions of the noise made by the horse's tackle. It was Saturday night. Through ...
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In the novel "Of Mice and Men", was Lenny Small a fundamentally good person?

It is easy to see Lenny as an innocent who had simple longings, an unfortunate due to his disability but fundamentally a sympathetic character; however, it seems to me that while most of his violence ...
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How is “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck still relevant to readers of today?

I guess isolation and social exclusion of different groups is something of relevance. e.g. Crooks: racism Curley's wife: misogyny Candy: ageism Lennie: ableism But I still can't think of any ...
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Why does Steinbeck never name Curley's wife?

Curley's wife plays an important role in the novel and yet is never given a name. Perhaps Steinbeck was trying to not encourage the audience to develop a personal connection to her? I'd like to see ...
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Does Curley ever realize Lennie is cognitively disabled?

From the moment Curley sees Lennie, he develops a strong dislike towards him because Lennie is physically bigger than Curley. I've always wondered if there were other reasons for Curley's hatred of ...
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Why did George have to kill this character?

In Of Mice and Men, I never understood why it was necessary for when George simply could've pulled some sort of diversionary tactic and falsely led the rest of the lynch mob somewhere else in the ...
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