Of Mice and Men

Miss Dunn’s English GCSE Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Knowledge Organiser rights @awaken_english


JWP Lecture: The American Dream?

Of Mice and Men Context Carousel: The American Dream FactFile

Of Mice and Men Context Carousel: The Great Depression FactFile


Of Mice and Men Title Analysis: Robert Burns ‘To a Mouse’


Of Mice and Men: Key Quotations

Stretch & Challenge: Aristotle’s ‘Three Types of Friendship’



‘Of Mice and Men’ Key Vocabulary
Socio-politicalText’s comments on the social and political era it is written in
NovellaA small novel dealing with important themes
DiscriminationPoor treatment of others
SuperiorityPositive: sense of authority and respect. Negative: Behaving as if better than another
IsolationCondition of being alone and separated
PastoralNatural and idyllic environment
IdyllicA blissful paradise. A perfect environment
AnimalisticHaving characteristics or behaviours which are likened to an animal
Parochial societyA narrow-minded or close-minded community. I.e. racist 1930s America
InjusticeLack of fairness and equality
Fear & HopeBeing scared & Expectation or anticipation for the future
ForeshadowingTechnique of hinting to the reader what is to come later in the text
Dramatic IronyThe reader knows facts or events before the characters are aware in the text. Good for building tension
CamaraderieSense of togetherness and friendship during times of difficulty
WeaknessVulnerable and in need of protection. Lacking in strength
Cyclical PlotWhere a text begins and ends in the same place. Both ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ have cyclical plots
 DisparityA vast difference
PlightTremendous suffering
EuthanasiaThe painless killing of something suffering or in pain
MisogynyThe hatred and poor treatment of women
AbuseTreat with cruelty or violence regularly or repeatedly
Literary AllusionsReferences to other literary texts or quotes
Single-mindedConcentrating only on one aim. (determined)
CrueltyBehaviour which causes physical or emotional harm to another
PoignantEvoking a keen sense of sadness and regret
LonelinessA lack of friends or company that can lead to sadness and depression. Sense of isolation
Authorial contextInformation about the era an author lived in which affects his writing, message and plot
InevitableUnavoidable set of events that will take place