Of Mice and Men

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Of mice and men
1. When the other men arrive after George has shot Lenny, he lets them believe that Lennie was carrying the gun and he just overpowered him and shot him. As the only one, slim understands what really happened. He knows that George killed Lennie out of mercy and therefore when Slim leads George away, Carlson finishes the book by saying “Now what the hell you suppose is eatin’ them two guys?” because he does not understand the situation and therefore is very confused.

2. The movie and the novel portray the same plot but they have two completely different endings. The movie ends with George crying and reminiscing about the times that he and Lennie had spent together, completely opposite the book ends with Carlson having the final word. The ending of the movie is far more personal than the ending of the novel, and it gives us the feeling of George being sad and it also gives you a sad feeling when you watch the movie – in other words, you feel compassion. The ending of the book is not very personal, because Carlson and Lennie never had a good relationship – so the fact that he has the final word right after Lennies dead may seem a little strange, but it leaves the reader with a lot of thoughts and associations.

3. Steinbeck’s original title for the book was “Something That Happened” but after reading Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse” he changed the title to “Of Mice and Men”.

The title of the book has many references to the plot of the book itself. If you analyze the title of the book, “men” could be a reference to the common men on the ranch, for example George, Curley, Slim etc. The “mice” could be a reference to Lennie and Candy because these are the less important, maybe even outcasts, on the ranch. And in real life men are more important than mice. Also Lennie loves mice, and in the book he loves to pet them but accidently he pets them so hard that they die. Similarly George takes care of Lennie but ends up killing him,...
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