History Literature / OfMiceAndMen

5th Oct '17 10:39:57 AM jamespolk
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One of the most challenged books of the 20th and 21st centuries and a frequent target of censors, who criticized it for bad language,[[note]]The far-right Reform Party of Canada attempted to have it banned in public schools in the city of Winnipeg in 2000; nothing came of the effort.[[/note]] "promoting euthanasia" and being "anti-business". However, it remains very popular and is a widely used SchoolStudyMedia. It has also had several film adaptations, including theatrical releases in 1939 and 1992 and made-for-TV versions in 1968 and 1981. The most famous adaptation is probably the 1939 film, which was directed by Lewis Milestone and starred Burgess Meredith as George and Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie.

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One of the most challenged books of the 20th and 21st centuries and a frequent target of censors, who criticized it for bad language,[[note]]The far-right Reform Party of Canada attempted to have it banned in public schools in the city of Winnipeg in 2000; nothing came of the effort.[[/note]] "promoting euthanasia" and being "anti-business". However, it remains very popular and is a widely used SchoolStudyMedia. It has also had several film adaptations, including theatrical releases in 1939 and 1992 and made-for-TV versions in 1968 and 1981. The most famous adaptation is probably the 1939 film, which was directed by Lewis Milestone and starred Burgess Meredith as George and Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie.
Lennie, with a musical score by none other than Music/AaronCopland.
28th Sep '17 4:46:51 PM jamespolk
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* ActionPrologue: The 1939 film version opens with George and Lennie running from [[TorchesAndPitchforks an angry mob]] from Weed and jumping a passing freight train. (And it all happens before the opening credits. This was one of the first Hollywood films, if not ''the'' first, to open this way.)






* 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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!!Tropes found in the 1939 film:

* ActionPrologue: Opens with George and Lennie running from [[TorchesAndPitchforks an angry mob]] from Weed and jumping a passing freight train. (And it all happens before the opening credits. This was one of the first Hollywood films, if not ''the'' first, to open this way.)
* 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.
28th Sep '17 4:42:59 PM jamespolk
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One of the most challenged books of the 20th and 21st centuries and a frequent target of censors, who criticized it for bad language,[[note]]The far-right Reform Party of Canada attempted to have it banned in public schools in the city of Winnipeg in 2000; nothing came of the effort.[[/note]] "promoting euthanasia" and being "anti-business". However, it remains very popular and is a widely used SchoolStudyMedia. It has also had several film adaptations, including theatrical releases in 1939 and 1992 and made-for-TV versions in 1968 and 1981.

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One of the most challenged books of the 20th and 21st centuries and a frequent target of censors, who criticized it for bad language,[[note]]The far-right Reform Party of Canada attempted to have it banned in public schools in the city of Winnipeg in 2000; nothing came of the effort.[[/note]] "promoting euthanasia" and being "anti-business". However, it remains very popular and is a widely used SchoolStudyMedia. It has also had several film adaptations, including theatrical releases in 1939 and 1992 and made-for-TV versions in 1968 and 1981. The most famous adaptation is probably the 1939 film, which was directed by Lewis Milestone and starred Burgess Meredith as George and Lon Chaney Jr. as Lennie.
30th Aug '17 7:30:24 PM Thecommander236
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* ShootTheDog: Literally! Roughly midway through the story, Carlson bullies Candy into letting him shoot the 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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* ShootTheDog: Literally! Roughly midway through the story, Carlson bullies Candy into letting him shoot the old man's worn-out old dog, simply because he thinks the dog is too old and too smelly. Somewhat subverted as Candy later agrees that it was necessary and says that he should have been the one pulling the trigger. Also, invoked in spirit when George shoots Lennie at the story's end.
13th Aug '17 11:50:40 PM HeyFella
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* ChekhovsGun: Carlson's Luger; he uses it to kill Candy's dog, and ultimately George steals it and uses it to kill Lennie.

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* ChekhovsGun: Carlson's Luger; he uses it to kill Candy's dog, and ultimately ultimately, George steals it and uses it to kill Lennie.
13th Aug '17 11:49:54 PM HeyFella
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* ChekhovsGun: Carlson's Luger; he uses it to kill Candy's dog, and ultimate George steals it and uses it to kill Lennie.

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* ChekhovsGun: Carlson's Luger; he uses it to kill Candy's dog, and ultimate ultimately George steals it and uses it to kill Lennie.
28th Jun '17 5:11:05 AM caringguy
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* AssholeVictim: Curley's wife in the book, due to her threatening to have Crooks lynched. However, in the movies 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 movies she is more sympathetic and does not have a problem with Crooks.
23rd Apr '17 9:26:25 PM BobSaget9
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One of the most challenged books of the 20th and 21st centuries and a frequent target of censors, who criticized it for bad language,[[note]]The far-right Reform Party of Canada attempted to have it banned in public schools in the city of Winnipeg in 2000; nothing came of the effort.[[/note]] "promoting [[spoiler:euthanasia]]" and being "anti-business". However, it remains very popular and is a widely used SchoolStudyMedia. It has also had several film adaptations, including theatrical releases in 1939 and 1992 and made-for-TV versions in 1968 and 1981.

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One of the most challenged books of the 20th and 21st centuries and a frequent target of censors, who criticized it for bad language,[[note]]The far-right Reform Party of Canada attempted to have it banned in public schools in the city of Winnipeg in 2000; nothing came of the effort.[[/note]] "promoting [[spoiler:euthanasia]]" euthanasia" and being "anti-business". However, it remains very popular and is a widely used SchoolStudyMedia. It has also had several film adaptations, including theatrical releases in 1939 and 1992 and made-for-TV versions in 1968 and 1981.



* 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.]]

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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.]]



* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Lennie, possibly the TropeCodifier. He kills mice just by petting them, kills a puppy by trying to play-hit it, and [[spoiler:tries to calm Curly's Wife down by shaking her, but instead breaks her neck]].

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* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Lennie, possibly the TropeCodifier. He kills mice just by petting them, kills a puppy by trying to play-hit it, and [[spoiler:tries tries to calm Curly's Wife down by shaking her, but instead breaks her neck]].neck.
23rd Apr '17 9:25:38 PM BobSaget9
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One of the most challenged books of the 20th and 21st centuries and a frequent target of censors, who criticized it for bad language,[[note]]The far-right Reform Party of Canada attempted to have it banned in public schools in the city of Winnipeg in 2000; nothing came of the effort.[[/note]] "promoting euthanasia" and being "anti-business". However, it remains very popular and is a widely used SchoolStudyMedia. It has also had several film adaptations, including theatrical releases in 1939 and 1992 and made-for-TV versions in 1968 and 1981.

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One of the most challenged books of the 20th and 21st centuries and a frequent target of censors, who criticized it for bad language,[[note]]The far-right Reform Party of Canada attempted to have it banned in public schools in the city of Winnipeg in 2000; nothing came of the effort.[[/note]] "promoting euthanasia" [[spoiler:euthanasia]]" and being "anti-business". However, it remains very popular and is a widely used SchoolStudyMedia. It has also had several film adaptations, including theatrical releases in 1939 and 1992 and made-for-TV versions in 1968 and 1981.
23rd Apr '17 4:10:02 AM Scabbard
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* AccidentalMurder: At the climax of the book in chapter 5, Lennie kills Curley's 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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* AccidentalMurder: At the climax of the book in chapter 5, Lennie kills Curley's 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 & and Slim.



* INeverGotAnyLetters: 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.

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* INeverGotAnyLetters: 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 & and hiding them.
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