“So it took an eight-year-old child to bring ‘em to their senses, didn’t it?” said Atticus. ‘That proves something—that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they’re still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children . . . you children last night made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute. That was enough.” – pg 157 (my book)
1. Write a response to this quote from chapter 16. What do you think Atticus meant by referring to the mob as “wild animals,” and why did he say “Maybe we need a police of children.”?
2. NEXT: Pair-Share/Discussion:
- What exactly is mob mentality?
- Why are mobs so dangerous?
- Why do people stop acting like humans and start acting like wild animals when participating in a mob?
Choose one specific event that stood out to you in chapter 9 or 10 and explain why it stood out. What reaction did it elicit?
Now, that you have finished this story, I want you to write about your reaction to the ending of the book – both the events that transpired between Curley’s wife and Lennie and what happens down by the river between Lennie and George. Consider: 1. Did you see the situation coming between Lennie and Curley’s wife after the death of the puppy? 2. How did the death of Curley’s wife make you feel, both about her and Lennie? 3. We will discuss the death of Lennie more in class, but for now, how did you feel about this ending of the novel? 4. How did George’s decision affect you? How did this scene make you feel overall?
In chapter 4 Of Mice and Men, the idea of dreams is discussed at length. Explain the various perspectives on dreams and how that is significant to the message of the story as a whole. Make sure to look at hopefulness toward dreams, regret at not fulfilling dreams, and doubt that dreams can ever come true. In your response, discuss how the different characters embody these ideas. In addition, analyze the purpose of the contrast. Minimum 250 words.