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  1. Themes within the first chapter of Of Mice And Men

    for $1 an acre, on which to live. They would have to build their own houses made out of sods on it. They would farm it and have to combat many problems. They were often very lonely on the plains. Life could sometimes be very arduous and the Americans dreamt of a better life and this dream was passed down through the generations. Thus, the American Dream was born. The desire to better themselves is something that has driven mankind long before the birth of the American Dream.

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  2. AIMS OF THIS SCHEME OF WORK To encourage critical analysis of the authors intentions, character development and motivation. To develop a critical awareness of the social, historical

    * Desktop publishing or word processing package. * Selection of newspapers. * Video of Mice and Men 1992 version. * Differentiated extracts taken from the novel. * Coloured cards with differentiated tasks written on them. SEQUENCE OF LESSONS: (Learning Objective: U = Understanding, K = Knowledge, S = Skills) LESSON 1 Learning objective: * U: to introduce the novel and start to explore the motivation and behaviour of the characters. Whole class: Introduce the scheme of work and its aims. Give brief introduction into the background of author, and context and setting of the book. Teacher reads from pages 1-18.

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  3. Plagiarism Declaration

    Did Steinbeck intend it as such? What errors are said to render The Grapes of Wrath unreliable as history? Is W indschuttle correct in dismissing Steinbeck's lack of fidelity to the past as myth making? Although John Steinbecks "The Grapes of Wrath" has generally been accepted as the definitive novel representing the great depression, it should in fact not be viewed as a historically relevant text due to the many inaccuracies peppered throughout the novel. This serves to detract from the historical significance of the novel and consequently casts it aside as fiction or merely myth making. This essay will deal with the inaccuracies in the novel and the possible reasons for them and will thus show that the novel is of little historical significance.

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  4. Title: The Pearl

    When I read the book, I can imagine Kino, Juana and Coyotito, their brush house with wooden floor, food and clothing. I became deeply involved in this story. Thus I can feel how Kino and Juana suffered without money to treat Coyotito. In this way, Kino and Juana looked like simple, pitiful characters. However, Steinbeck uses them as examples of people who are suffering without wealth and who are looked down by the upper class. I love his ability to portray the feelings of the family.

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  5. In the book 'Of Mice and Men' there are over one hundred references to hands. If we stuffy them closely we can see that they tell us something about that particular character, even their thoughts such as their hopes and fears.

    This is the way that George seems to have control over Lennie. It also shows mental strength because Lennie is described as a bear at the beginning of the story and Lennie as small so Lennie could easily over power George if he wanted to, but George has the mental strength about him to discipline Lennie. When George tells the story of his dream he stabs the can of beans which is a violent action and it is an action which you would normally associate a stabbing action with killing someone.

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  6. In "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Fiesta" we see the effect key moments of American history can have in society - How do the main themes of both novels reveal this?

    This term usually applies to people who have fled from their home nation for particular reasons. The characters in "Fiesta" have taken refuge in Paris and Hemingway focuses upon their exploits in the city. The war has affected each of the main characters uniquely and significantly. Our protagonist is Jake Barnes. He was tragically wounded in the War; which has left him impotent. Then we have our second main character, Brett Ashley, a member of the English aristocracy. She was a nurse during the war and her first love was killed. These two characters propel the novel's main themes.

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  7. The Friendship.

    Then they moved closer and kissed for a while, held her and let go. Soon they settled down and started their snacking. Up above them the sun shone and dead tree leafs' reflected bronze. Birds soar high in the sky with their chat and squirrels jumped from tree to tree. Within the canopy of the near by bushes sat a lean boy who is in his late teens, tall, dark skin and sharp penetrating eyes with a small nose. He comes to sit here after working on his father's farm, he likes sitting here, alone and listen to the noises and watch the animals run around.

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  8. An American Role Model - The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

    The other quote he made was, "What we're fighting for in the end is each other." Which pretty much pertains to the same idea. Chamberlain is also a very respected man on page 233 Colonel Rice asks Chamberlain if he can shake his hand, he then goes on to say that Chamberlain's attack was one of the best he had ever seen.

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  9. Dreams are very important in “Of Mice and Men” - Discuss.

    (page 66). In the book George's dream is to "have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs" (page 15). The dream of owning land is part of the American Dream and is what motivates Lennie and especially George to work on the ranch. Without them doing this it would be virtually impossible for them to obtain enough money to achieve their dream. The reason why George has this dream is because he has always worked on someone else's land and has always been ordered around by someone else, which he is getting tired of.

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  10. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles.

    Gene questions his friendship with Finny lots of times and who doesn't, but we don't know what Finny thinks about Gene except when he tells us. Gene and Finny's friendship goes through up's and down's but what friendship doesn't. In A Separate Peace, Gene and Finny show their friendship towards one another in many ways through motivation, watching out for one another, forgiveness, and trust in each other. But there are many times when they turned on each other, which makes them human.

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  11. The red room

    He even goes as far as knocking the walls for any secret passages. He decides to light some candles in order to calm his nerves. He finally tries to relax and relies on his revolver to keep him safe. The silence over powered the atmosphere and he becomes very uneasy again. He to sits calmly and tries to sing and speak to himself to keep out the horrifying doubts from his mind.

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  12. George Willard is a small town boy who is discouraged by the lack of direction in his life, and comes to mature by being the town medium in Winesburg, Ohio.

    It all started when Seth Richmond came to visit George one summer evening. George and Seth began talking about different things and George stated how he wanted to write a love story. George being a reporter for the Winesburg Eagle always tried to put himself in the position of or get into the head of his subject. Writing a love story George would have to find someone to fall in love with. This is where Helen White comes into the story. "She is the only girl in town with any 'get-up' to her"(p129).

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  13. What do you learn of Crooks and the way he lives from this extract?

    His room had very little space inside and he had many possessions to fit into it. Crooks had an injured back and he also possessed many broken things. 'In one hand he held a bottle of liniment; with the other he rubbed his spine'. This point compliments with the things in his room as they are broken and so is he. He had, 'a broken hame'. Crooks also had some books. 'a tattered dictionary and a mauled copy of the Californian civil code' He is very aware of the law and maybe has this book to read up about the laws on racism.

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  14. Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

    I can see that she was fascinated by books when the writer says; "But the Murdoch laughed with a blithe, sweet face. But more and more she turned from that laughter, resolute, loving to hear of the things in the histories and geographies" However she ends up choosing the Scottish Chris, as her mother taught her to love the land and when she dies, Chris is devastated; "And Chris of the books and the dreams died with it" The land was now her priority and she could not leave it.

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