Of Mice and Men Dialectical Journals
Passages from text| Page #’s| Comments & Questions | “The bunk house was a long, rectangular building. Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted. In three walls there were small, square windows, and in the fourth, a solid door with a wooden latch. Against the walls were eight bunks, five of them made up with blankets and the other three showing their burlap ticking. Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk. | Page 17| John Steinbeck uses a great amount of description in this text. With this description, the reader is able to visualize what the bunk houses look like on the outside and on the inside. It shows that the bunk house is not a very nice place. | “Says ‘positively kills lice, roaches, and other scourges. ’ What the hell kind of bed you giving us, anyways? We don’t want no pants rabbits. ”| Page 18| When George says, “We don’t want no pants rabbits,” he means that he doesn’t want anything crawling around on him in the middle of the night.
George doesn’t want any bugs to be jumping around in his pants and biting him. | “Then why don’t you let him answer? What are you trying to put over? ”| Page 22| The boss thinks that George and Lennie are trying to trick him. Also he thinks that George is manipulating Lennie, so that he can take all the money Lennie makes. | “Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is. ”| Page 22| The boss doesn’t understand why George would want to take all the blame for Lennie. He believes that George is using Lennie.
The boss wants to know why, so the boss can use Lennie as well. | “I wasn’t kicked in the head with no horse, was I, George? ”| Page 23| George came up with this lie telling the boss that Lennie was kicked in the head by a horse, and that’s why Lennie isn’t smart. Lennie knows that George lied, but doesn’t know why he isn’t smart. George didn’t want to tell the boss that Lennie has a disability, and George doesn’t want Lennie to know either. | “By Christ, he’s gotta talk when she’s spoke to. What the hell are you getting’ into it for? | Page 25| Curley is the bosses’ son. Curley is like the boss because they are both curious as to why George won’t let Lennie talk. They want to know why George gets involved when someone is speaking to Lennie. | -“Wait’ll you see Curley’s wife. ”-“Purty? ”-“Yeah. Purty…but—“-“But what? ”-“Well-she got the eye”-“ Yeah? Married two weeks and got the eye? Maybe that’s why Curley’s pants is full of ants. ”-“I seen her give Slim the eye. Slim’s a jerkline skinner. Hell of a nice fella. Slim don’t need to wear no high-heeled boots on a grain team.
I seen her give Slim the eye. Curley never seen it. An’ I seen her give Carlson the eye. ”-“Looks like we gonna have fun. ”| Page 28| In this conversation between the old man and George, the old man warns George of Curley’s wife. He informs George of the wife because she tends to be too friendly with the workers, and is unfaithful to her husband. The old man doesn’t want George to get tricked by her, and end up getting fired or even worse, hurt by Curley. The old man tells George that he sees her stare at Slim and Carlson, but Curley never sees her doing these things. -“Bye, boys,” she called into the bunk house, and she hurried away. George looked around at lennie. “Jesus, what a tramp,” he said. “So that’s what Curley picks for a wife. ”“She’s purty,” said Lennie defensively. “Yeah, and she’s sure hidin’ it. Curley got his work ahead of him. Bet she’d clear out for twenty bucks. ” Lennie still stared at the doorway where she had been. “Gosh, she was purty. ” He smiled admiringly. | Page 32| When Curley’s wife went to the bunk house, Lennie stared at her through the window as she talked.
After she left, George could tell that she really was a tramp. When George talked about her in a rude way, Lennie got defensive and said that she was pretty. By the way Lennie is acting about Curley’s wife; I believe that he will start to develop feelings for her. George can sense that Lennie is starting to like her, so he yells at him. George knows the trouble that they can get into if seen with her, or seen acting flirty with her. Lennie doesn’t, which is why he thinks she’s pretty and is in some kind of trans. |