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RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) (alwaydaddygirl) | 543 comments Mod
Aloha and Welcome,

Pick the four you would like to discuss. I did not write these questions. If you want to do them all, that is fine. Be well.

1. Why does George "take so much trouble for another guy"?

2. Why does George shoot Lennie?

3. Why is the dream recited repeatedly?

4. What does Slim mean when he says, "A guy got to sometimes" (p. ?

5. Why does the book begin and end at the pond?

6. Why does Candy feel he should have shot his dog himself?

7. Is Curley's wife to blame for Lennie's death?

8. Why doesn't Slim share in the other men's dreams?

9. Why does Carlson get the last word?

10. What is the meaning of the book's title?

11. Did migrant workers have any options for a better life?

12. Did George do the right thing by shooting Lennie?


RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) (alwaydaddygirl) | 543 comments Mod
Aloha,

Does anyone have any questions about this book? Do you like it or hate it? Please tell why.


Be well


RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) (alwaydaddygirl) | 543 comments Mod
Aloha All,

How are you enjoying the book? If you do not like it, why.


Happy Reading!


message 5: by Ean (new)

Ean I love this book! "All the feels" as the kids say these days! When I think of George killing Lennie my stomach pit hurts..yes I do mourn the loss of a fictional character years later...I think I need therapy. I' m still feeling the loss of the baby Coyotito who gets shot in Steinbeck's The Pearl.


message 6: by Ean (new)

Ean To answer number 10....The title refers to a line in the poem "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns.

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!


RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) (alwaydaddygirl) | 543 comments Mod
Ian wrote: "To answer number 10....The title refers to a line in the poem "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns.

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'm..."


I forget about that. Mahalo! Glad you are enjoying the book!


RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) (alwaydaddygirl) | 543 comments Mod
Aloha,

How is the book going?

Be well.


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Di | 364 comments Mod
I will do my best to read it in January, but after reading Neurotribes I felt I needed a bit lighter reading. But the book after that will be Of mice and men!


RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) (alwaydaddygirl) | 543 comments Mod
Mahalo!

If I may,
🤗


RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) (alwaydaddygirl) | 543 comments Mod
Aloha All,

I just finished rereading this book. Last time I read it was over ten years ago.


How is everyone doing on the book?


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Di | 364 comments Mod
Finished the book yesterday.
I didn't like any of the characters and the setting is not for me. That being said I do realize why this book is considered classic. The moral dilemmas, the question of euthanasia etc.
The book gave me "all the feels"; unfortunately, it was mostly like 50 shades of disgust.

1. Why does George "take so much trouble for another guy"?
He made a promise to Aunt Clara + nobody else would care so it's either him or no one.

2. Why does George shoot Lennie?
Mercy kill. Lennies option was an asylum or getting shot in the stomach by other guys. At least George tells him a favorite story before he kills him.

3. Why is the dream recited repeatedly?
Because it was the American dream for them.

4. What does Slim mean when he says, "A guy got to sometimes"?
Sometimes the right thing to do is the hardest. Killing Lennie was the hardest thing for George probably, but it was the right thing to do (considering the circumstances).

5. Why does the book begin and end at the pond?
Maybe because there Lennie and George felt like they were somewhat free.

6. Why does Candy feel he should have shot his dog himself?
The last thing a pet should see is his owner, not a stranger.

7. Is Curley's wife to blame for Lennie's death?
I wouldn't blame her. She was lonely and didn't know how to act around Lennie.

8. Why doesn't Slim share in the other men's dreams?
He either doesn't have any or is smart enough not to talk about them.

9. Why does Carlson get the last word?
Because he didn't understand what George really did. Maybe because the society rarely understands what any of us are really going through. Society doesn't care to understand.

10. What is the meaning of the book's title?
After a poem that Ian already copied here.

11. Did migrant workers have any options for a better life?
Haven't studied American history to answer this question correctly. But if they could save up money, technically they could have a better life on the farm. But since they are all in a negative mindset, they spend everything they earn immediately.

12. Did George do the right thing by shooting Lennie?
At that time.. yes.


RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) (alwaydaddygirl) | 543 comments Mod
Mahalo Di for your honesty, feedback, and doing the questions!

11) You are correct regarding the not saving. This has been one of the historical debates during that time. Some historians argued that they could save and others argued they could not save.

History does repeat itself. Look at the economy over the past eight years. However, the economy is getting back on track. Regardless, It going to take time before it is completely healthy.


message 14: by Irene (new)

Irene (raenne) Didn't know where to ask, sorry if this isn't the right place.

What is the book for February? :)


message 15: by Di (new)

Di | 364 comments Mod
Irene wrote: "Didn't know where to ask, sorry if this isn't the right place.

What is the book for February? :)"


The post will come soon and you can find it in the MH fiction folder. :)
A nonfiction book has already been posted under Nonfiction folder.

If you need any help finding folders, here is introductory post.


RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) (alwaydaddygirl) | 543 comments Mod
Irene wrote: "Didn't know where to ask, sorry if this isn't the right place.

What is the book for February? :)"


Never need to apologized. Mahalo for let me know! No matter what, I worry how folks will act with me. I like feedback.


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