Of Mice and Men Project

By- Yhen Keim, Tierra Andersen, and Taylor Jaeckles

Research-Source 1:

Agg writes, "sexual harassment in professional kitchen is ubiquitous. What's surprising is that someone finally came forward about it."

Credibility: New york times

Accuracy: Story on women getting harassed in kitchen job

Reliability: News article
Relevance: A woman can get harassed anywhere
Date: 10-20-15
Sources: New york times

Research- Source 2:

Mother to daughter, "The girl tells her mother what the boy did, but instead of trying to get the doll back, the mother says, "He's a boy dear, he's entitled to what he wants."

Credibility: Buffalo News

Accuracy: Senior at School. She learns Science

Reliability: Tatiyana Parker is a senior at Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School
Relevance: How girls/women are getting treated lowly by men
Date: October 15, 2015

Timeline of Events:

Event 1: Candy says, “Well, I tell ya what---Curley say he’s keepin’ that hand soft for his wife.” (page 27)

Relation: This shows that they don’t talk Curley is thinking lowly of his wife and is publicly talking inappropriate about his wife, which is rude.

Event 2: George says, “Don’t you even take a look at that bitch. I don’t care what she says and what she does. I seen ‘em poison before, but I never seen no piece of jailbait worse than her. You leave her be.” (32)

Relation: This relates because when Curley's wife talked to them, they were being rude to her and disrespecting, this relates to gender expectations because men think they're better than women and think they’re better

Event 3: Candy says, "Maybe you just better go along an’ roll your hoop.We ain’t got nothing to say to you at all. We know what we got, and we don’t care whether you know it or not. So maybe you better jus’ scatter along now….” (79)

Relation: Won’t talk to Curley's wife because they don’t want anything to do with her.

Event 4: Curley's Wife says, “If I catch any one man, and he’s alone, I get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an’ you won’t talk. Jus’ nothing but mad”--Curley’s Wife( Page 77)

Relation: This shows that Lennie and Candy are being rude because they shouldn’t ignore a women just because there is another man to talk to them. If there is a woman present, you should be respectful and talk to her even if there is someone else there.

Event 5: Curley's Wife says, “Awright, cover ‘im up if ya want. Whatta I care? You bindle bums think you’re so damn good. Whatta ya think I am, a kid? I tell ya I could of went with shows. Not jus’ one, neither. An’ a guy tol’ me he could put me in pitchers….” (page 78)

Relation: This shows that Curley’s wife knows that she’s being treated poorly and says something about it.


Theme: Unfairness and discrimination are targeted against women

Evidence: George says, "You give me a good whore house every time, he said. “A guy can go in an’ get drunk and get ever’thing outa his system all at once, an’ no messes. And he knows how much its gonna set him back. These here jail baits is just set on the trigger of the hoosegow.”

Connection: This relates to the issue because george is talking about women like their objects and is objectifying them. He’s talking about them like they’re only there to please his needs and only there to please other guys’s needs also. He also talks about them like their not important and verbally harass them.


Character: George

Evidence: George says, “ She’s gonna make a mess. They’s gonna make a bad mess about her. She’s a jail bait all set on the trigger. That Curley got his work cut out for him. Ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain’t no place for a girl, specially for her."

Connection: This relates to sexism being a problem because George and the other guys underestimate women’s ability to do things and they downgrade them thinking their less important than men. Also, they’re implying that women belong in the kitchen and serving others because they’re saying that she (Curley’s wife) doesn’t belong in a ranch. This is bad because men and women shouldn’t have certain gender roles.

Non-fiction to Present Society

Link: http://www.elibrary.com/elibweb/elib/do/document?set=search&searchType=natural&dictionaryClick=&secondaryNav=&groupid=1&requestid=lib_standard&resultid=15&edition=&ts=E117498F084282E60FDE8DC9F01A4866_1447724335025&start=1&publicationId=&urn=urn%3Abigchalk%3AUS%3BBCLib%3Bdocument%3B237067672

Purpose: The purpose of this link was to show that today, women still get sexually discriminated and are treated unfairly.

Connection: This connects to the main idea because even the lady in the story, who has a higher role in her job, still gets treated unfairly because of her gender and is treated different.

Essential Questions:

How are the topics and problems in Of Mice and Men similar to or different from the topics and problems we have today? They are similar because men in the book can treat their wives poorly and in real life men now days still treat their wive unequal. This isn’t fair for the women. This issue has last a lot through history, men thinking they are better than a woman.

How does the problem or idea relate to the modern day? I think it has gotten better over time, especially when women got their rights in 1920. Even though they got their rights, men still treated women poorly.

How has this problem changed over time? Women rights, 1920

How do we fix or solve the the problem presented? Give women every right men have and men having more respect for them.

Group Research Questions/Answers: How has sexism become worse or better, Why does a certain gender think they’re better than the other, and How many women fight for women’s rights?

Solutions to the Problem/Issues: Sexism has become worse because in 2012, “Women around the globe are blocked from advancing in their careers because of unequal access to high-visibility jobs and international experience, according to a new report. After graduate school, women start at lower-level jobs than men and receive less pay, and the gender gap just gets wider as their careers progress, the study by non-profit group Catalyst showed.” People that have been fighting for women’s rights says, “We need public awareness, more people speaking out and a standard of zero tolerance from industry leaders.”

Then evidence why one gender thinks they are better than the other is, “The men at the top often find it difficult to relate to a lot of the problems women face and therefore we aren't taken very seriously. Yet, women are just as guilty of discriminating against women.

Another piece of evidence is, “The figures support the idea that men are perceived mainly as the directors. This conditioning affects women as much as men, and therefore some women looking to hire directors may think about the men out there before women. “