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Of Mice and Men - Year 11

As I hit the umpteenth time of teaching this text, I can honestly say I have had an outstanding week with the preparation that you guys have done.

You've shown that you have come a hell of a long way since the beginning of Year 10 and I'm greatly looking forward to marking the work you have done on the text.

Attached below are the key areas you've looked at so far with the multimedia we've used. The level of work done is a credit to you all.

Remember when you think about the structure of what you write and the language you use you are looking to peel back the layers of the text looking at surface meaning and then challenging to create the complexity of work that you need to produce.

The last piece of the jigsaw puzzle this week is writing about your ideas in the appropriate form and language. If we can get this then there are going to be some brilliant results.

Here are the images from the work. Well done - be proud!




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Anonymous
24 January 2013 at 19:17

Hello,
Can you tell me what to write in my opening paragraph.
Kristian :)

Anonymous
26 January 2013 at 09:50

Jacks hw

You often get the impression that Curley's wife is not a very nice person like when she calls people names like 'nigga' and she seems a bit flirtatious to the ranch workers but there is a kind side to her as well. 'you're a kind nice fella' implies that she does have feelings for people and sees people in different ways. She can tell who is good and bad and maybe she just doesn't like to show that she is really a nice person. 'You're a kind nice fella' could be her trying to charm Lennie in order to win him over but then again it could be the nice side coming out of Curley's wife. This highlights that she can be kind to the ranch workers sometimes.

26 January 2013 at 16:47

Here you are analysing well but you develop a lot of points in a little writing which could be further developed. Look at the post on peeling back the layers.

When you state she is not a nice person analyse why she this is, when you state she is flirtatious give an example and when you state that she can recognise the good in people consider why this is.

A key question to think about is why Steinbeck wants us to feel this way about her? What does it add to his overall message in the text?

If you can talk about this once you've done your analysis, then you will increase your level greatly.

Try taking one of these points and developing it again.

Anonymous
29 January 2013 at 22:01

Steinbeck uses language to show Curley's wifes power over Crooks. Curley's wife shows her power over Crooks through the use of spiteful and racist comments for example 'I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny.' The word 'strung' emphasises her power over Crooks as she has no power anywhere else on the ranch so she trys to emphasise using racist comments like 'Listen nigger' Crooks trys to stand up to her but he 'drew into himself' as he is afraid of what trouble she could bring as we know from the fight curley and lennie have in chapter 3. Steinbeck is introducing the the suppression of women. Curleys wife a white women seems suppressed to the power of men however she has power over black men such as Crooks but overall she is still weak and vunreable compared to the power of men such as Curley and the boss.

Please mark

Sam Warren

Anonymous
29 January 2013 at 22:14

Steinbeck uses language to show the power Curleys wife has over Crooks.Curley's wife shows her power over Crooks through the use of spiteful and racist comments for example 'I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny.' The word 'strung' emphasises the power she has over Crooks. She emphasises her power over Crooks as she has no power anywhere else on the ranch so she uses racisty comments to over power Crooks she does this by using words like 'listen nigger' Crooks trys to stand up to her but he 'drew into himself' as he is afraid of what trouble she would bring like the fight Curley and Lennie have in chapter 3. Steinbeck is introducing the suppression of women. Curley's wife a white women seems suppressed but she is still more powerful than black men like Crooks but white men are still more powerful like Curley and the boss.

Sam Warren

30 January 2013 at 09:39

This a good paragraph Sam.

I would ensure that your first quotation is fully used wuth the 'listen nigger' included in it. Be careful with your language 'racisty' is not a word (don't know if this is a typo though).

You could develop this a little further by linking to the fact that when Crooks was talking to Lennie, he had come out of himself a bit and grown more confident but after Curley's Wife's comment his social standing and confidence go back to the status quo.

Good

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