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of mice and men answer aqa june 2011 paper

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    hello, can anyone read this answer and suggest roughly what grade I am writing at because I haven't been told by my teachers and I'm soo worried for the exam on Monday
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    Hello, I couldn't attach the passage but, it is the june 2011 paper, I would just like to know what grade I am writing at and if it's not an A how I can make it an A grade answer. Critisim is good it will reall help me, thanks

    A) How do the details in this passage add to your understanding of George and his relationship with Lennie.

    One way the detail in the passage adds to my understanding of George and his relationship to Lennie is that Lennie relies on George for survival similarly like a parent. This is because Lennie follows George and imitates his every move for as he moves and sits down “across from George”. This suggests that like a child he doesn’t want to be separated from their parent, Lennie relies on George so much that he tries to please him. This quote contrasts with the prominent theme of loneliness as George and Lennie support each other like family, it also suggests that Lennie looks up to George and knows ironically that when he is near him George can protect him. Alternatively, the fact that when Lennie sits across George, George laid the card with “his solitaire hand” perhaps suggests that although, Lennie heavily relies on George, George isn’t as dependent on Lennie and can take care of himself. The phrase “Solitaire” is a card game for one person only and as he automatically lays it out between himself and Lennie, he creates a barrier to remind himself that he needs to take care of himself and needs to occasionally ease off how much he protects Lennie.

    One other way the passage adds to our understanding of the relationship between George and Lennie is that evidently throughout the passage the reader learns that Lennie is always asking questions, (simple questions to the able mind) for George to give and answer too. This is seen near the beginning of the extract, “why is both end’s the same?” and also near the end when he is mentioning the “rabbits?”. Steinbeck uses direct questions in Lennie’s perspective to emphasise that George has the power and is in control in that moment. On the contrary, although Lennie may be asking a question to gain a response to the reader this is a rhetorical question because, of how simple the questions are. The way Lennie repeats the word “rabbits” when he mentions how they’re going to live “on the fatta the land” suggests that Lennie’s obsessiveness of things and objects will lead him astray.

    From this passage, we learn that through Steinbeck’s use of language, like the other men on the ranch George is misogynist, he blames “a tart” for Andy Cushman’s imprisonment when it is eluded that she was raped. From this, we are aware that George is an intellectual man because he is aware of society and what were the traditions of that time. On the other hand, on the next line, Lennie changes the topic and is described to be doing child-like actions, unlike George he doesn’t care about anything that doesn’t concern them never prejudicing someone else because he is unable to understand why they are different. It may appear, Steinbeck used structure to illustrate the extent to how different George and Lennie are by separating George’s opinion and Lennie’s lack of understanding. Steinbeck does this successful by creating a distance between their actions. In order to portray yet again who has the power in the relationship and who (ironically) is the most naïve. Perhaps this could also suggest that Steinbeck did this to emphasise how George is the leader and Lennie agrees to everything he says. Alternatively, this could also suggest that Steinbeck believed no matter who they were, society had already positioned them in their classes; indicating that no matter what between George and Lennie, George would have always been the higher of the two.

    B) How does Steinbeck use their relationship in this novel as a whole to convey ideas about America in the 1930’s.

    Steinbeck uses George and Lennie’s relationship in the entire novella to emphasise how unusual it was to have a relationship with someone completely built on trust and honesty. At the beginning of the book, it becomes apparent how strange their relationship was to the extent that the Boss questioned them and asked George whether he was “taking his pay from him”. The fact that George was questioned by Curley about his relation to Lennie and his reply that “Oh, so it’s that way” insulates how uncommon it was for people to travel together, protect each other and have faith on each other. This could be because, the Great Depression during 1929 until the late 1930’s caused people to harden and to become independent, never trusting or relying on someone becoming even worse after the disastrous Great war. because life was difficult and to survive they couldn’t get close to people. The fact that they’re getting asked about their relationship solidifies that it was a rare and strange thing. However, it also reinforces how a lack of experience with trust and being presented with it makes you vulnerable and can spiral to cause your undoing and ultimately cause your death, this can be seen during the last moments of Curley’s wife and how she is easily trusting she becomes due to her deplete of conversing with people and gaining their attention. Steinbeck used the theme of loneliness to assist with this idea.

    Steinbeck’s uses their relationship in the novella to emphasise the traditional views of people in 1930’s towards people weren't ‘normal’. For instance, in section 4 when Lennie’s in Crooks room, George appears at his door, doesn’t enter and tells Lennie disapprovingly that he “hadn’t ought to be in here”, suggesting how Black people were segregated from the whites, it also suggests how inappropriate it was to be interacting with a black person. As a result of the slave trade, black people were treated as inferior to the whites and because, of this Steinbeck used the character, Crooks to present to the readers how they were treated as equal to animals who were: easy to control and use for labour.
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