History Literature / OfMiceAndMen

24th Sep '16 4:07:01 AM fearlessnikki
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* PetTheDog: Curly's wife has a talk with Lennie, getting to bond with another human for the first time. It goes horribly after that however.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Curley's wife's actions near the end made things go downhill from there.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Curley's wife's actions near the end made things go downhill from there.wife just wants to bond with Lennie and allows him to feel her hair. He ends up accidentally breaking her neck.
19th Sep '16 12:42:54 AM WanderingBrowser
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%%* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Lennie kills Curley's wife.]]
%%* TheAce: Slim.

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%%* * AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Lennie At the climax of the book in chapter 5, Lennie kills Curley's wife.]]
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wife. He didn't ''mean'' to, he was just trying to stop her from screaming and getting him into trouble, which is lampshaded when George finds the body and talks to Candy & Slim.
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TheAce: Slim.Slim, one of the work bosses who takes charge of George and Lennie; he's handsome, fair-minded, hard-working, loyal, reasonable and just all around a nice guy. Even when Lennie accidentally murders Curley's wife, he agrees that Lennie doesn't really deserve to die for it -- or, at least not die the sort of death Curley will give him.



* AssholeVictim: Curley's wife in the book, due to her threatening to have Crooks lynched. However, in the 1939 movie she is more sympathetic and does not have a problem with Crooks.

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* AssholeVictim: Curley's wife in the book, due to her threatening to have Crooks lynched. However, in the 1939 movie movies she is more sympathetic and does not have a problem with Crooks.



%%* BeigeProse: At some points.
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes: Curley started that fight, and Lennie finished it.

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%%* * BeigeProse: At The writing in the book can get really overblown and haphazard at some points.
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points; many consider the film versons better for this reason.
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BewareTheNiceOnes: Curley started that fight, and As is discussed during the story, Lennie finished it.doesn't have a mean bone in his body... but, if scared or angry, he can ''really'' hurt somebody without even meaning to.



* BodyMotifs: Curley has a hand motif: His glove full of Vaseline, his status as a prized fighter, and how his hands are [[spoiler:broken by Lennie]].

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* BodyMotifs: Curley has a hand motif: His glove full of Vaseline, his status as a prized fighter, and how his hands are [[spoiler:broken hand gets broken by Lennie]].Lennie.



%%* TheCaretaker: George to Lennie.
%%* ChekhovsGun: Carlson's Luger.

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%%* * TheCaretaker: George serves as this to Lennie.
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Lennie; being smarter than Lennie, George comes up with all the plans for getting money, tries to keep Lennie out of trouble, "translates" for him to others, and generally does whatever it takes to keep Lennie alive. PlayedForDrama in that, ultimately, the best thing George can do for Lennie is shoot him in the head.
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ChekhovsGun: Carlson's Luger.Luger; he uses it to kill Candy's dog, and ultimate George steals it and uses it to kill Lennie.



* ConspicuousGloves: Curley wears a glove full of Vaseline on one hand, supposedly because he's keeping that hand soft for his wife. This has no plot-relevant reason, but does make the theatrical adaptation easier to stage [[spoiler: when his hand gets crushed]].

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* ConspicuousGloves: Curley wears a glove full of Vaseline on one hand, supposedly because he's keeping that hand soft for his wife. This has no plot-relevant reason, but does make the theatrical adaptation easier to stage [[spoiler: when his hand gets crushed]].crushed.



%%* CrapsackWorld: Well, it ''is'' set in TheGreatDepression...

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%%* * CrapsackWorld: Well, it ''is'' The story is set in TheGreatDepression...TheGreatDepression, which colors a lot of what goes on; times are tough, folks are mean, and there's no happy endings on the horizon for anyone.



* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:Curley's wife unpacks all her secrets throughout Chapter 5, right before she gets killed.]]

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* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:Curley's Curley's wife unpacks all her secrets throughout Chapter 5, right before she gets killed.]]



* DownerEnding: C'mon, you know you cried. [[spoiler: Lennie dies and George is shattered. The farm was as much his dream as Lennie's, and he took pride and enjoyed taking care of his companion.]]

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* DownerEnding: C'mon, you know you cried. [[spoiler: Lennie dies and George is shattered. The farm was as much his dream as Lennie's, and he took pride and enjoyed taking care of his companion.]]



** The whole scene about Candy's dog foreshadowed the end of the book.

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** The whole scene about with Candy's dog foreshadowed the end of the book.



* FromBadToWorse: Things weren't so good when Lennie unintentionally puts himself and George into trouble more than a few times, but when [[spoiler:Curley's wife gets drawn into the picture]], that's when things start going off the deep end.

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* FromBadToWorse: Things weren't so good when Lennie unintentionally puts himself and George into trouble more than a few times, but when [[spoiler:Curley's Curley's wife gets drawn into the picture]], picture, that's when things start going off the deep end.



** According to Slim, this is what getting in fights with Curley is like. Because he's a trained boxer he often beats guys bigger than him, but if he picks a fight and loses, there's no glory in it, and the guy who beat him often gets ostracized for beating up a small guy like Curley.

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** According to Slim, this is what getting in fights with Curley is like. Because he's a trained boxer he often beats guys bigger than him, but if he picks a fight and loses, there's no glory in it, it for his opponent, and the guy who beat him often gets ostracized for beating up a small guy like Curley.



* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:When George, Lennie and Candy club together to raise the money to buy the ranch George talks about. It doesn't last.]]
%%* ICouldaBeenAContender: Curley's Wife. At least she thinks so.

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* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:When When George, Lennie and Candy club together to raise the money to buy the ranch George talks about. It doesn't last.]]
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last.
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ICouldaBeenAContender: Curley's Wife. At least wife claims this during her MotiveRant to Lennie in chapter 5, claiming she thinks so.could have gone away and become a star in Hollywood, but instead she's stuck out in the middle of nowhere as the bored and lonely TrophyWife of a strutting, arrogant rooster of a ranch-owner.



** Curley's wife is lonely and just wants to talk to the workers. They avoid her because they don't want to have trouble with her husband.

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** Curley's wife is lonely and just wants to talk to the workers. They avoid her because they don't want to have trouble with her fiery-tempered bully of a husband.



%%* INeverGotAnyLetters: Invoked.

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%%* * INeverGotAnyLetters: Invoked.Invoked as part of the Wife's MotiveRant in chapter 5; she wrote letters to the man who promised he could get her a role in Hollywood, but she never got any back, and she's convinced that her mother was stealing & hiding them.



%%* LethallyStupid: Lennie. Not only to his pets.

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%%* * LethallyStupid: Lennie. Not only to his pets.Lennie; because he's so dumb, he can't really keep track of how much force he's using, and because he's so strong, that means he can break a man's neck like a toothpick without meaning to.



* NiceGuy: Slim, a worker at the ranch who is polite to everyone, including Curley's wife, and is the only person to console George after [[spoiler: he kills Lennie.]]

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* NiceGuy: Slim, a worker at the ranch who is polite to everyone, including Curley's wife, and is the only person to console George after [[spoiler: he kills Lennie.]]Lennie



%%* ShootTheDog: ''Literally'', also shoot the big guy.
%%* ShootTheShaggyDog: Steinbeck loves this trope.

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%%* * ShootTheDog: ''Literally'', also Literally! Roughly midway through the story, Carlson bullies Candy into letting him shoot the big guy.
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old man's worn-out old dog, simply because he thinks the dog is too old and too smelly. Also, invoked in spirit when George shoots Lennie at the story's end.
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ShootTheShaggyDog: Steinbeck loves this trope.trope. The whole story seems to be setting things up for George and Lennie and Candy to get that little farm of their own and live happily ever after... except, nope! Lennie commits murder due to being LethallyStupid DumbMuscle, George has to shoot him, that means he and Candy can't afford the little block of land, and so George just goes back on the road on his lonesome.



* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Curley's wife. She's seen firsthand that Lennie is a simple-minded but powerful fool who was capable of ''crushing her husband's hand'', and that he has problems controlling his strength because he's dumb. Yet she's still stupid enough to invite Lennie to start stroking her hair, and then panics when he won't stop. When he grabs her and tells her to stop screaming, she keeps on screaming, and he ends up accidentally breaking her neck in trying to stifle her cries.]]
* TragicDream: After [[spoiler:Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife]], George concedes that their dream could never have been realized.

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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Curley's wife. She's seen firsthand that Lennie is a simple-minded but powerful fool who was capable of ''crushing her husband's hand'', and that he has problems controlling his strength because he's dumb.dumb -- after all, he'd just killed his new puppy by accident when she came in. Yet she's still stupid enough to invite Lennie to start stroking her hair, and then panics when he won't stop. When he grabs her and tells her to stop screaming, she keeps on screaming, and he ends up accidentally breaking her neck in trying to stifle make her cries.]]
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* TragicDream: After [[spoiler:Lennie Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife]], wife, George concedes that their dream could never have been realized.



* VagabondBuddies: George and Lennie.
%%* WhamEpisode: Chapter 5.
%%* YankTheDogsChain: The entire novel is built on this trope.

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* VagabondBuddies: George and Lennie.
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Lennie are this, due to the time-period forcing people to generally go on the road to look for work and because Lennie's stupidity prevents them from holding down long-term work.
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WhamEpisode: Chapter 5.
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5; Curley's wife interacts with Lennie, starts panicking, and he accidentally kills her as a result.
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YankTheDogsChain: The entire novel is built on this trope.trope. From Candy being bullied into letting Carlson put his dog down, the tragic ending, the whole thing is just designed to yank your chain.
11th Sep '16 5:43:02 AM LordGro
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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Lennie kills Curley's wife.]]
* TheAce: Slim.

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AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Lennie kills Curley's wife.]]
* %%* TheAce: Slim.



* BeigeProse: At some points.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Curley started that fight, and Lennie finished it.

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* %%* BeigeProse: At some points.
* %%* BewareTheNiceOnes: Curley started that fight, and Lennie finished it.



* TheCaretaker: George to Lennie.
* ChekhovsGun: Carlson's Luger.

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* %%* TheCaretaker: George to Lennie.
* %%* ChekhovsGun: Carlson's Luger.



* CrapsackWorld: Well, it ''is'' set in TheGreatDepression...

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* %%* CrapsackWorld: Well, it ''is'' set in TheGreatDepression...



* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: According to Slim, this is what getting in fights with Curley is like. Because he's a trained boxer he often beats guys bigger than him, but if he picks a fight and loses, there's no glory in it, and the guy who beat him often gets ostracized for beating up a small guy like Curley.

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* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: HeadsIWinTailsYouLose:
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According to Slim, this is what getting in fights with Curley is like. Because he's a trained boxer he often beats guys bigger than him, but if he picks a fight and loses, there's no glory in it, and the guy who beat him often gets ostracized for beating up a small guy like Curley.



* ICouldaBeenAContender: Curley's Wife. At least she thinks so.

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* %%* ICouldaBeenAContender: Curley's Wife. At least she thinks so.



* INeverGotAnyLetters: Invoked.

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* %%* INeverGotAnyLetters: Invoked.



* LethallyStupid: Lennie. Not only to his pets.

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* %%* LethallyStupid: Lennie. Not only to his pets.



* ShootTheDog: ''Literally'', also shoot the big guy.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Steinbeck loves this trope.

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* %%* ShootTheDog: ''Literally'', also shoot the big guy.
* %%* ShootTheShaggyDog: Steinbeck loves this trope.



* WhamEpisode: Chapter 5.
* YankTheDogsChain: The entire novel is built on this trope.

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* %%* WhamEpisode: Chapter 5.
* %%* YankTheDogsChain: The entire novel is built on this trope.
11th Sep '16 5:36:18 AM LordGro
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* BerserkButton: Lennie panics when people start screaming, and implicitly when things start getting too noisy, and if he's holding something at the time, he tends to grab hold tighter because that's all he can think to do. This triggered the NoodleIncident that the story opens on. [[spoiler: And causes him to kill Curley's wife.]]
7th Sep '16 3:52:27 AM WanderingBrowser
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* AmbiguousInnocence: Lennie has the mind of a very young child -- but, like a child, he can't properly control his strength, and he can be scared or made angry, causing him to lash out like a child. And as he's so very strong, that makes him incredibly dangerous.



* BerserkButton: Lennie panics when people start screaming, and implicitly when things start getting too noisy, and if he's holding something at the time, he tends to grab hold tighter because that's all he can think to do. This triggered the NoodleIncident that the story opens on. [[spoiler: And causes him to kill Curley's wife.]]



* ChronicPetKiller: PlayedForDrama.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lennie is a deconstruction of this trope.

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* ChronicPetKiller: PlayedForDrama.
PlayedForDrama. Lennie loves small, fuzzy animals, but because he's too dumb to measure his strength properly, he ends up breaking their necks.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lennie is a deconstruction of this trope. As shown by his plight, such a character can't fend for themselves in a world that exists outside of their head; without George's care, he would starve to death or die of exposure or end up being killed by someone. At the same time, he's immensely problematic to deal with, because he can't keep up with what other people are saying, and he ignores various social rules; at best, he alienates people, at worst, he can hurt them when they unintentionally panic.


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* NoodleIncident: Zigzagged. The film opens with an ActionPrologue involving George and Lennie fleeing from an angry mob, though we don't know why. However, it's eventually explained when George has a conversation with Slim; there was a pretty girl at the ranch they worked on in Weed who got too close to Lennie whilst wearing her new red dress. Lennie thought the dress was pretty and tried to touch it -- she screamed and, in his usual panic response, Lennie just held on tighter, until eventually she managed to rip free and ran off. Though unspoken, the obvious implication is that she thought Lennie was going to rape her and so George had to help Lennie escape before the mob lynched him.


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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Curley's wife. She's seen firsthand that Lennie is a simple-minded but powerful fool who was capable of ''crushing her husband's hand'', and that he has problems controlling his strength because he's dumb. Yet she's still stupid enough to invite Lennie to start stroking her hair, and then panics when he won't stop. When he grabs her and tells her to stop screaming, she keeps on screaming, and he ends up accidentally breaking her neck in trying to stifle her cries.]]
24th Aug '16 10:37:42 PM Yalsaris63
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* FromBadToWorse: Things weren't so good when Lennie unintentionally puts him and George into trouble more than a few times, but when [[spoiler:Curley's wife gets drawn into the picture]], that's when things start going off the deep end.

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* FromBadToWorse: Things weren't so good when Lennie unintentionally puts him himself and George into trouble more than a few times, but when [[spoiler:Curley's wife gets drawn into the picture]], that's when things start going off the deep end.
8th Aug '16 10:51:13 AM lady_peaseblossom
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* NiceGuy: Slim, a worker at the ranch who is polite to everyone, including Curley's wife, and is the only person to console George after [[spoiler: he kills Lennie.]] His niceness is expanded upon in the 1992 movie-- after George tells him the story of how Lennie got them run off the previous ranch (he grabbed onto a woman's silk dress to feel the fabric and accidentally tore it) Slim's first response is to ask whether Lennie hurt the woman, and seems relieved when George explains that she was merely frightened.

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* NiceGuy: Slim, a worker at the ranch who is polite to everyone, including Curley's wife, and is the only person to console George after [[spoiler: he kills Lennie.]] His niceness is expanded upon in the 1992 movie-- after George tells him the story of how Lennie got them run off the previous ranch (he grabbed onto a woman's silk dress to feel the fabric and accidentally tore it) Slim's first response is to ask whether Lennie hurt the woman, and seems relieved when George explains that she was merely frightened. ]]
8th Aug '16 10:39:38 AM lady_peaseblossom
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Added DiffLines:

* NiceGuy: Slim, a worker at the ranch who is polite to everyone, including Curley's wife, and is the only person to console George after [[spoiler: he kills Lennie.]] His niceness is expanded upon in the 1992 movie-- after George tells him the story of how Lennie got them run off the previous ranch (he grabbed onto a woman's silk dress to feel the fabric and accidentally tore it) Slim's first response is to ask whether Lennie hurt the woman, and seems relieved when George explains that she was merely frightened.
25th Jul '16 4:42:50 AM MHMhasf1998
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* BookEnds: The story begins and ends with George and Lennie sitting by the pool by the river. At the beginning of the story, it's a sanctuary of hope and confidence. At the end, it's the place where George is forced to kill his best friend.

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* BookEnds: The story begins and ends with George and Lennie sitting by the pool by the river. At the beginning of the story, it's a sanctuary of hope and confidence. At the end, it's the place where [[spoiler: George is forced to kill his best friend.]]



* DownerEnding: C'mon, you know you cried. Lennie dies and George is shattered. The farm was as much his dream as Lennie's, and he took pride and enjoyed taking care of his companion.

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* DownerEnding: C'mon, you know you cried. [[spoiler: Lennie dies and George is shattered. The farm was as much his dream as Lennie's, and he took pride and enjoyed taking care of his companion.]]
22nd Jun '16 1:30:18 PM lady_peaseblossom
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** Ultimately ''subverted'' when Curley picks a fight with Lennie. Lennie is (technically) a childlike GentleGiant with no stomach for fighting in him, and when he crushes Curley's hand it's in self-defense, and only because George told him to. Although Curley comes out of the fight physically disabled, possibly permanently, the sympathy of the workers rests solely with Lennie.

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** Ultimately ''subverted'' when Curley picks a fight with Lennie. Lennie is (technically) a childlike GentleGiant with no stomach for fighting in him, fighting, and when he crushes Curley's hand it's in self-defense, and only because George told him to. Although Curley comes out of the fight physically disabled, possibly permanently, the sympathy of the workers rests solely with Lennie.
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