Literature Of Mice And Men Discussion

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02:30:09 PM Jan 31st 2017
Did anybody else notice that George & Candy's big plan to buy the farm amounted to low balling an old lady who needed the money for an operation?

Not sure what trope this corresponds to, if any, but it seems appropriate in a story where nearly everybody bullies and mistreats somebody else.
12:46:19 PM Feb 28th 2014
Pulled this for Zero Context and natter challenging the example. I suspect it was shoehorned from the beginning. Removed the spoiler tags (don't put the entire example in spoiler font).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Lennie.
    • Well not entirely him. It's Curley's wife as she was the one who was trying to seduce him not really knowing his simple nature. If she had stayed away, the ending and the dream could've been a possibility. Crooks even blames the whole mess that comes afterwards on her.
06:37:37 PM Jul 11th 2013
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  • Have a Gay Old Time: George constantly states that Curley's wife will get them in trouble because she is "jail bait". Jail bait? Which may have actually led to it being the Trope Namer, albeit not the codifier. In the context of the narrative, this is more likely to be down to Curley's reaction — he is shown as very possessive over her. Possible Berserk Button.

This is to my best knowledge NOT example of the trope. That's for shift in meaning of certain words.

  • Scary Black Man: Lennie has been played by black actors, but Steinbeck never says he is and most portrayals have him as white. If he were, he'd be subjected to the same treatment as Crooks, who is black.
    • In the book George is said to be "dark of face",could also be interpreted as just being tan from working in the sun,though.
    • That Crooks said Lennie was unwelcome in his room is proof Lennie wasn't supposed to be black.

Natterific. Even if some might think he's black or he can be played as such in movies, he's not scary. He doesn't fit the trope. —-
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