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Of Mice and Men. The scene between The door opened (p. 62) and I didnt wanta hurt him (p. 64) is an unexpected scene, because it starts suddenly and it has nothing to do with the previous scene. Before this scene, we have viewed various det

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Re-read p.62 from "The door opened" until p.64 "I didn't wanta hurt him". How does the writer create tension in this scene? You must refer to language. (Max words: 800) The scene between "The door opened" (p. 62) and "I didn't wanta hurt him" (p. 64) is an unexpected scene, because it starts suddenly and it has nothing to do with the previous scene. Before this scene, we have viewed various details about Curley's temper and what a trouble-maker he is. Also, we have seen the problems he has in his relationship with his wife. The start of this scene shows us Curley entering in an angry mood, unable to find his wife. The reader automatically expects trouble when the conversation starts, and even trouble with Lennie, who isn't even mentioned at the beginning of the scene, but we already know that Curley and Lennie have had a few conflicts in the past, so another one might occur now. ...read more.

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But Curley didn't reply to Candy, and his eyes "slipped on past and lighted on Lennie". The word "lighted" suggest that Curley just thought of an evil plan. The reader later can see that Curley "stepped over to Lennie like a terrier". This is also a simile describing Curley. A terrier is a small dog, and this shows that Curley is small in comparison to Lennie, but he still picks him for a fight, as we can see when he says to him: "Come on, ya big bastard. Get up on your feet, No big son-of-a-bitch is gonna laugh at me. I'll show ya who's yella". Eventually, the fight the reader has been waiting for starts. Here, we come back again to the simile with the terrier. Lennie loves petting animals, but he ends up hurting them. So, this suggests that Curley might get hurt now. The fight starts. We can see onomatopoeia when Curley's moves are described. ...read more.

Conclusion

The reader is wondering whether Lennie will let go of Curley soon, or will he hurt him a lot more. The tension levels start decreasing now. Once Lennie let goes of Curley's fist, Slim suggests that they should take him to the doctor. The reader wonders if Curley's hand will get well. The scene ends when Lennie says: "I didn't wanta hurt him". This shows that he didn't mean to hurt Curley, he was just doing what he was told. This scene leaves the reader with a lot of question. For example: Will Lennie and George get fired? Will this fight lead to another fight? This scene is an important scene. What are the consequences of this scene? Maybe someone else will get hurt next. It's the first real fight between Lennie and someone else. This scene might be an explanation to other scenes further on in our story. The reader at this point wants to read on. He/She might be feeling pity for either Lennie or even Curley. The tension in the scene is built up interestingly by the writer. ?? ?? ?? ?? Melissa Iacovidou - 1 - "Of mice and men" - question ...read more.

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