Of Mice And Men Detail Analysis
CHAPTER 1 "O.K. Someday--- we're gonna get the jack together and we're
gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an' a cow and some pigs
and-----" "An' live off the fatta the lan'," Lennie shouted.
"An' have rabbits. Go on George! Tell about what we're gonna have in the
garden and about the rabbits in the cages and about the rain in the winter and
the stove, and how thick the cream is on the milk you can hardly cut it. Tell
about that, George." This was the conversation of two laborers, George

Milton and Lennie Small. This was their impossible dream, which once seemed to
be within reach. However, due to Lennie's aggressive behavior, this dream
evaporated. Yet, was Lennie to blame for this? What was the cause of his
actions? A. Objectives This research paper aimed to: 1. identify Lennie's
childlike qualities, 2. analyze Lennie's aggressive behavior, and 3. gather
sufficient information regarding mental retardation. B. Statement of the Problem

This paper aimed to answer the following questions: 1.a. What were Lennie's
childlike qualities? b. What events displayed Lennie's childlike qualities? 2.a.

What events displayed Lennie's aggressive behavior? 3.a. What was mental
retardation? b. How did you determine if a person was mentally retarded? c. What
was the cognitive functioning of a mental retardate? C. Hypothesis If Lennie

Small exhibited childlike qualities and behavioral disorders and was poor in
memory, thinking and reasoning, then, he was mentally retarded based on his
cognitive functioning. D. Methods and Procedures This research paper aimed to
use a descriptive-analytical method of study. E. Significance of the Study This
paper enabled the researcher to analyze Lennie Small's psychological state. The
researcher also gained information regarding the background of the novel and its
characters. Moreover, it enabled both the author and the audience to understand
mental retardation and the victims of this condition. F. Survey of Related

Literature 1. Chess, Stella and Mahin Hassibi. "Principles and Practice of

Child Psychiatry" A book that was accurate and comprehensive covering not
only child psychiatry but also psychological disorders of adults. 2. Engle, T.L.
and Louis Snellgrove "Psychology" This book involved the principles
and applications of psychology. 3. Goodman, Michael. "Barron's Book Notes:

John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men" It was a guide to the plot and structure
of the novel. G. Scope and Limitations This research aimed to determine Lennie's
psychological state. Furthermore, it aimed to ascertain the cognitive functions
and behaviors of a mental retardate. However, the intelligence or I.Q. of Lennie

Small was a limitation; likewise, the other characters' psychology was a
restriction. H. Definition of Terms 1. Adult- a person who had reached an age of
maturity as defined by law, usually the age of 18, sometimes the age of 21 2.
cognitive function- this involved the language behavior, learning, memory,
thinking, reasoning, motivation, and behavioral disorders of a person 3.
childlike- innocent; frank simple 4. I.Q.- intelligence quotient; a number that
showed a person's intelligence 5. Mental retardation- subnormal intellectual
development or functioning 6. Ranch hand- farm laborers CHAPTER 2 BACKGROUND OF

THE STUDY John Ernst Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California and was educated
in Stanford University, leaving without taking a degree. His novel, Of Mice and

Men, was published by Civici-Friede on February 6 1937. He was a Nobel laureate
for literature on the 25th of October, 1962 "for his realistic as well as
imaginative writings, distinguished by a sympathetic humor and keen social
perception." Two years later, he died of arteriosclerosis in New York The
novel Of Mice and Men was originally called Something That Happened. It was
converted into a play by George Kaufman, which had 207 performances. This play
received the New York Drama Critics Award. There are also two film versions of
the novel. One was created in 1940 and the other, just recently, in 1992. The
plot of the novel was a tragic story of two itinerant farm laborers yearning for
a small farm of their own. The two main characters were Lennie Small and George

Milton. The minor characters were as follows. Slim and Carlson was two of the
other ranch hands. Candy and Crooks were the outcasts of the novel. Curley was
the son of The Boss, which appeared to be the villain of the novel. Curley's

Wife was a sad character constantly avoided by everyone in the farm, except by
her husband, because she was believed to spread trouble. Lastly, there was Whit
who played a very minor role in the novel. CHAPTER 3 PRESENTATION OF DATA The
novel opened