History Literature / OfMiceAndMen

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.
22nd Jun '16 1:29:55 PM lady_peaseblossom
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* 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 small guy like Curley.

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* 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.Curley.
** 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.
22nd Jun '16 1:02:03 PM lady_peaseblossom
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* AndCallHimGeorge: Lennie loves cute and cuddly animals. Only he loves them too much for their safety.

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* AndCallHimGeorge: Lennie is one of the TropeMakers. He loves cute and cuddly animals. Only he loves them too much for their safety.safety, due to his immense and uncontrollable strength.
7th Jun '16 4:33:34 PM Gamera4life
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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: 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.
7th Jun '16 4:31:35 PM Gamera4life
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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: 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.
16th May '16 7:09:14 AM lady_peaseblossom
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** A more subtle example is in George's name-- his surname is Milton, a reference to the author of ''Literature/ParadiseLost''.
28th Mar '16 10:58:40 PM BohemianBob43
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* BullyingADragon: Curley tries to pick a fight with Slim, and Slim ends up intimidating Curley into submission. He turns it around on Carlson, who just laughs at him. Then he turn on Lennie...

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* BullyingADragon: Curley tries to pick a fight with Slim, and Slim ends up intimidating Curley into submission. He turns it around on Carlson, who just laughs at him. Then he turn turns on Lennie...
5th Mar '16 7:38:56 PM ading
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:It's George who [[ShootTheDog decides what's best for Lennie]]: a quick, painless death he doesn't see coming, instead of a much uglier end at the hands of a lynch mob]].

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:It's It's George who [[ShootTheDog decides what's best for Lennie]]: a quick, painless death he doesn't see coming, instead of a much uglier end at the hands of a lynch mob]].mob.



* 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 [[spoiler:broken by Lennie]].



* BookEnds: [[spoiler: 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: [[spoiler: 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.]]



* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: George is one of the best examples out there. He makes sure Lennie stays safe, keeps him fed, explains his oddities to other people, and finally [[spoiler:[[ShootTheDog sends him to the afterlife himself]] rather than let a lynch mob do the job]].
* CompleteTheQuoteTitle: The title is taken from the Robert Burns poem "To a Mouse". The line where it occurs goes in full "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley". [[spoiler: It foreshadows how the plans of the main characters will go unfulfilled due to tragic circumstances.]]

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* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: George is one of the best examples out there. He makes sure Lennie stays safe, keeps him fed, explains his oddities to other people, and finally [[spoiler:[[ShootTheDog [[ShootTheDog sends him to the afterlife himself]] rather than let a lynch mob do the job]].
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* CompleteTheQuoteTitle: The title is taken from the Robert Burns poem "To a Mouse". The line where it occurs goes in full "The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley". [[spoiler: It foreshadows how the plans of the main characters will go unfulfilled due to tragic circumstances.]]



* ConversationCasualty: [[spoiler:At the end of the book, George is calmly talking to Lennie about the farm they've always dreamed of; he asks Lennie to close his eyes while talking, and George pulls out a gun and shoots him in the head. A non-villainous version, as George is doing this so that Lennie will die calm and happy.]]

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* ConversationCasualty: [[spoiler:At At the end of the book, George is calmly talking to Lennie about the farm they've always dreamed of; he asks Lennie to close his eyes while talking, and George pulls out a gun and shoots him in the head. A non-villainous version, as George is doing this so that Lennie will die calm and happy.]]



* 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 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.]]



* 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 and George into trouble more than a few times, but when [[spoiler: Curley's [[spoiler:Curley's wife gets drawn into the picture]], that's when things start going off the deep end.



* MercyKill: [[spoiler:George shoots Lennie in the back of the head to spare him the agony of being killed by Curley, locked in a cage, or whatever else may have happened.]]

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler:George George shoots Lennie in the back of the head to spare him the agony of being killed by Curley, locked in a cage, or whatever else may have happened.]]



* ResentfulGuardian: George once laments early on that if not for having to spend money on Lennie, and his moments of stupidity interfering with his plans, he could spend his spare cash at [[TheOldestProfession the whorehouse.]] Then again, this was said in a fit of rage that Lennie caused, [[spoiler:and once Lennie is killed, George is not happy about the future that awaits him, as a solitary migrant worker, with no partner to make the hardships more bearable]].

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* ResentfulGuardian: George once laments early on that if not for having to spend money on Lennie, and his moments of stupidity interfering with his plans, he could spend his spare cash at [[TheOldestProfession the whorehouse.]] Then again, this was said in a fit of rage that Lennie caused, [[spoiler:and and once Lennie is killed, George is not happy about the future that awaits him, as a solitary migrant worker, with no partner to make the hardships more bearable]].bearable.



* ShootTheDog: ''Literally'', also [[spoiler:shoot the big guy.]]

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* ShootTheDog: ''Literally'', also [[spoiler:shoot shoot the big guy.]]
2nd Mar '16 9:57:16 PM HeroGal2347
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* LoserFriendPuzzlesOutsiders: Everyone wonders why such a normal guy like George hangs out with a big dumb brute like [[CloudCuckoolander Lennie.]] George claims (falsely) that they're cousins to give people an easy reason to understand.



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20th Dec '15 10:37:14 PM shamblingdead2
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* UnusualEuphemism : "Pants rabbits." Apparently crab lice or some other type of parasite, also referred to as "greybacks" in the same scene.
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