Iconic. The book Of Mice and Men and its central characters are iconic. Readers around the world have experienced and sympathized with their Depression Era plight. The students in Ms. Katelyn Maroney's 9th grade classes chose characters to write a poem about.
According to Ms. Maroney, "They worked collaboratively to demonstrate their understanding of the novella and the primary themes embedded within Of Mice and Men. In addition to the students illustrating the theme and plot events, they also embedded 7-10 literary devices/ writing strategies like a published author would. These students did an outstanding job!"
Below are a few of the students' poetic works; click the link to read others.
By Dominick Ferreira and Aaron Cuascat
There is a man, dumb as a stone
Talking to another completely alone.
White one named Lennie, Dark one named Crooks
The dark one is so alone all he does is read books.
Lonely Crooks has a hostile mood
Discrimination is the cause of his attitude.
Simple Lennie is discriminated against too.
His thoughts and ideas aren’t given any value.
The stable of safe solitude is where Crooks and Lennie bond
For the stable is Crooks home, a black man can not go beyond.
These two men are helping each other learn
Like when Crooks told Lennie, George wouldn’t return
Candy lost his dog and feels alone
Curley’s wife is simply on her own
All of these characters are alike in one way
The feeling of loneliness is there to stay.
So different yet the same in so many ways
George and Lennie dream of having their own land some day.
By Isabella Rivera and Liam Gorman
Small and contained
Crooks bunk is deranged
Dust and dirt
Crooks barley had one shirt
Alone Crooks felt
the hardship he’s dealt
is making his life harder and harder
“Guys don’t come into a colored man's room very much”
Here comes candy the eldest on the ranch
his life is hard too, barely hanging on by a branch
And here comes Lennie a misfit too
He wishes he can hang with the crew
Stands tall like a giant
And is very defiant
All three men have such big dreams
Candy and crooks know it will never be
But Lennie believes George and all his schemes
And is sure he is going to raise rabbits and be free
Even here they are not left alone
Curley's wife comes in and shatters them all
She messes with the men and makes crooks feel small
Crooks tried to help, but he knows she’ll win
They are all misfits, in a way that we can’t comprehend
By Marcos DaSilva, Angelo Goncalves, Imani Rivera, Nick Ramos, Wendell Ramos
In chapter 4 they show discrimination
Because on this ranch it is a white nation
Crooks lives in his own station
But Lennie annoys Crooks to have a conservation
The old man appears
Then is left with tears
Saying George is spending all of their money
And Lennie does not find this funny
They dream to own a ranch
Crooks asks to follow
He claims he will work for no money
Which will leave his wallet hollow
Later in the day
Curley’s wife appears in the doorway
Stating she needs someone to talk to
But no one is interested in what she has to say
Crooks tells her she has no right to stay and tries to be the boss
She fights back and made crooks take the loss
She frames and threatens to lynch crooks
But all he was doing was enjoying his books
Candy is old
Almost like mold
Lennie is a giant
But he is not reliant
Curley’s wife is a big flirt
Because if this she is treated like dirt
Crooks is forced to live with the animals
Because of this, it makes his place uninhabitable
No matter what changes on this ranch
It will always be unique
Especially if you’re like candy
And as old as an antique