Reflection: Exit Tickets Using Quotes From the Text to Determine a Theme and Steinbeck's Stance on Individuals vs. Community - Section 4: Wrap Up

 

Most of the students said Steinbeck was for the individual versus the community or society. They gave examples of how George and Lennie were the only two characters who really supported each other and that everyone else was in it for themselves (including Curly and his wife).  One students gave this quote to support her answer:

Ain’t many guys travel around together,” he mused. “I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

Another student gace this quote as an example of the unusuallness of their friendship and that the "community" on the ranch was not about real community but about "everyone looking out for themselves":

“Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is.” 

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Using Quotes From the Text to Determine a Theme and Steinbeck's Stance on Individuals vs. Community

Unit 9: Of Mice and Men
Lesson 10 of 15

Objective: SWBAT determine a theme by identifying and analyzing, various images depicting individuals and communities of people, and decide whether or not each image relays a positive image of individuals and communities or a negative image. SWBAT analyze different passages of the text in order to determine whether or not Steinbeck was painting a positive or negative picture of individuals and/or community.

Big Idea: What is Steinbeck's message on individual versus community in his novella?

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English / Language Arts, Reading, language choice, realism, Literature, Literary Response and Analysis, literary journal, analyze details, historical context clues, historical background, Aristotle, quotations
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