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OF MICE AND MEN BY JOHNSTEINBECK ENGLISH RESOURCE BOOKLET Name:
'US TWO' usingthe poem 'UsTwo' as inspiration,answer the following questions.useexamples,from the PoembyA.A. Milnepoem if possible,in orderto illustrate your responses: Wherever I am,theresalways Pooh, TheresalwaysPoohand Me. Whatever1 do,bewantsto do, "Whereareyougoingtoday?"says Pooh: 'Well,that'Sveryodd•cos 1 was too. Let'Sgotogether,"saysPooh,sayshe."Let'sgotogether,"says Pooh. 'What'Stwiceeleven?"I saidtopooh. ('Twicewhat?'saidPooh to Me.) "1thinkjt oughttobe twenty-two." "JustwhatI thjnK myself,"said pooh. ult wasn'taneasy sum todo, Butthat'swhat it is," saidPooh, said he. 'That'swhat itis," said Pooh. "Lettslookfordragons,"I said topooh. "Yes,let'S," sajd pooh to Me. We crossedtheriver andFound a few- •Yes,thosearedragonsatl right," said Pooh. "AssoonasIsaw their beaKsI Knew. That'Swhatthey are,"saidPooh, saidhe. 'That'swhat theyare," said Pooh. "Leesfrightenthedragons," Isaid toPooh. 'That'Sright," said Pooh to Me. "Itmnotafraid,"I said toPooh, And held hispaw andIshouted ('Shoo! SjllY Olddragons!"-and OFFthey flew. "I wasn'tafraid,"said Pooh, saidhe, "11m neverafraidwith you." So whereverI am,there'salways Pooh, Theresalways poohand Me. "What wouldIdo?' Isaid toPooh, "Ifit wasn'tForyou,"and pooh said: "TrUe, It isn't much funforOne,but Two, CanstjCKtogether, saysPooh,sayshe."That'show itis," says Pooh. 1.2. 3. 4.What exactlyis 'friendship'? What will determine whether ornota person is a 'friend'? Why is friendship important? What cana strong friendshipallowusto do? 't
CTO A MOUSE' OriginalpoembyRobertBurnsORIGINAL TEXT Wee, sleeket,cowran, timtrous beastie,O, what panic'sinthybreastie!Thou needna startawasae hasty,Wi'bickeringbrattle!Iwad belaithtorinan'chasethee,Wi'murd'fingpattle! I'mtrulysorryMan'sdominion Has broken Nature'ssocialunion,An'justifies thatill opinion,Which makes theestartle, Atme,thypoor,earth-borncompanion,An' fellow-mortal!I doubtna,whyles, butthoumay thieve;Whatthen?poorbeastie,thoumaun live! A daimen-ickerinathraveasma' request:I'll getablessinwitthe lave,An'never miss't! Thy wee-bithousie,too,inruin! It'ssillywatsthewin'sarestrewin!Antnaething,now,tobiganewane,01foggagegreen! An'bleakDecember'swinds ensuin, Baithsnellan'keen!Thou sawthefieldslaidbarean'wast,Ant wearyWintercomin fast,An'coziehere,beneath the blast,Thou thoughttodwell,Tillcrash!thecruelcoulterpast Out thro'thy cell. Thatwee-bitheap o'leavesan'stibble,Hascosttheemonie awearynibble!Now thou's turntdout,f0fa' thyfrouble,Buthouse Of hald.To tholetheWinter'ssleetydribble,An' cranreuchcauld!ModerntranslationbyMichael Burch MODERN TRANSLATION Sleek,tiny,timorous,cowering beast, why'ssuchpanicin your breast?
Why dashaway,soquick,so rash, in afrenzied flash when I wouldbeloathtorun after you with amurderous plowstaffl Itmtrulysorry Man'sdominion hasbroken Nature'ssocial union, and justifies thatbadopinion whichmakes you startle, when I'm yourpoor,earth-born companion and fellowmortal! I havenodoubtyousometimes thieve; What ofit, friend? Youtoomust live! A random corn-ear in ashock's a smallbehest; it- Ill giveme a blessing toknow such aloss; I'll nevermiss it! Yourtinyhouse liesin aruin, its fragilewalls wind-rentand strewn ! Now nothing'sleft toconstruct youa new one of mossesgreen sincebleakDecember's winds,ensuing, blowfast and keen! Yousaw yourfieldslaid bare andwaste withweary winter closing fast, andcozyhere, beneaththe blast, youthought todwell, till crash!thecrueliron ploughsharepassed straight throughyour cell! Thatflimsyheapofleaves and stubble hadcost youmany aweary nibble! Now you'returnedout,forall your trouble, less houseand hold, toendure coldwinter'sicy dribble and hoarfrosts cold! 8
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But Mousie,thou areno thy-lane,Inprovingforesightmaybe vain:Thebestlaidschemeso'Micean'Men, Gang aftagley,An'leafeusnought butgriefan'pain,For promistdjoy!Still,thouartblest,compartdwilme! The presentonlytoucheththee:ButOch! I backward castmy ete,On prospectsdrear! An'forward, tholIcannasee,Iguessan' fear!Butmouse-friend,youarenot atone inprovingforesight may be vain: thebest-laid schemesof Miceand Men go oft awry, andleave usonly griefand pain, forpromised joy! Still, friend, you'reblessedcomparedwith me! Onlypresentdangers make you flee: But, ouch!,behindme I cansee grimprospectsdrear! Whileforward-looking seers, we humans guessand fear! Thetitle ofSteinbeck'snovelcomesfroma poem by the18thcentury ScottishpoetRobbieBurns,which iswritteninan oldScottish dialect. It isaboutamousewhichcarefullybuildsawinter nestin a wheat field, onlyforit tobedestroyedbyaploughman.Themouse haddreamed of a safe,warmwinterandis now facedwiththe harshrealityof cold, lonelinessandpossibledeath.Thereis a parallel herewith Georgeand Lennie'sjoyfulfantasy ofafarmoftheirown,and its all-too-predictable destructionattheendofthe stoty.Thetwomainthemesin OF Mice and Men foreshadowedby thereferencetoBurns'mouse are loneliness anddreams.Thesetwothemesinterlock: peoplewho arelonely have most need ofdreams tohelpthem through. 9
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