Prepare for the seminar by reading the text, preparing your notes, and thinking about connections between this story, other stories we have read in class and other stories you, or your classmates, researched during the project.
List 5 stereotypes for men and 5 stereotypes for women. Where do stereotypes come from? How are women portrayed in the novel? Why does the author portray women this way?
What is empathy? Why is it an important human characteristic?
Why is it important to society for people to be accepting of those who are different? What lessons can we learn from those whose live lives different from our own?
What is an individual’s duty to others?
Why is it important for people to feel like they belong?
What can the struggles of others teach us about ourselves? How can people’s struggles define who they become?
What are the elements that build a strong friendship? Lennie and George had an unusual friendship - how are people transformed through their relationships with others? How do you know if a relationship is healthy or hurtful? What can we learn as readers from the relationship between George and Lennie?
Can mercy killing be justified?
How are the experiences of migrant workers like Lennie and George similar to what people go through today?
What is the American Dream and to what extent is it achievable for all Americans? In what ways does the American Dream mean different things for different Americans?