Of Mice and Men And A.A Milne’s ‘Us Two’ (Grade 8)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 Today we started looking at the theme of friendship in Of Mice and Men. Lennie and George are each other’s only friend, and although the friendship does not come without a large degree of stress, there is a tremendous sense of loyalty and commitment to each other. Note how in Section Two when we are introduced to the characters in the bunkhouse, the ranch men are incredibly lonely with no friends at all. Candy has his old dog, but if we re-read the end of the chapter that friendship looks as though it’s going to come a sad end. The relationship between Lennie and George reminded me of A.A Milne’s poem ‘Us Two’, the persona being Christopher Robin who is Winnie the Pooh’s best ‘human’ friend. Think about Lennie and George as you read the poem. Maybe a comparison can be also made between the imagined farm and chasing dragons? At the end of this poem is a reading by Katie Holmes (yes that’s right, Tom Cruise’s wife).
Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
“Where are you going today?” says Pooh:
“Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
Let’s go together,” says Pooh, says he.
“Let’s go together,” says Pooh.”What’s twice eleven?” I said to Pooh.
(“Twice what?” said Pooh to Me.)
“I think it ought to be twenty-two.”
“Just what I think myself,” said Pooh.
“It wasn’t an easy sum to do,
But that’s what it is,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what it is,” said Pooh.”Let’s look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“Yes, let’s,” said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few-
“Yes, those are dragons all right,” said Pooh.
“As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That’s what they are,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what they are,” said Pooh.

“Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“That’s right,” said Pooh to Me.
“I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo!
Silly old dragons!”- and off they flew.

“I wasn’t afraid,” said Pooh, said he,
“I’m never afraid with you.”

So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two,
Can stick together, says Pooh, says he. “That’s how it is,” says Pooh.

Advertisements

One thought on “Of Mice and Men And A.A Milne’s ‘Us Two’ (Grade 8)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s