of mice and men chapters 1 and 2

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  • Character - Lennie
  • Lenny: Lenny is described as large, with a jock-like body structure. He walked as if he did not care about his posture. Lennie is "shapeless." He was like an animal and didn't seem to be overly cautious or aware of his actions. He is older, but has child-like actions and a lower maturity. Lenny was definitely a follower, and doesn't have much control of himself.
  • Symbol - The mouse
  • The Mouse: The mouse symbolizes how Lenny doesn't have complete control of his actions and his strength. He also doesn't notice what he has done wrong. Lenny also lies about whether or not he has killed something or not, rather than coming forth about it because it would make him feel guilty and George wouldn't let him tend the rabbits. The mouse also foreshadows how he will most likely kill other things in the future and not be able to take care of his pets if he gets them.
  • Theme - The lake
  • The lake: The lake is a setting that brings you to Lenny and George's dreams of living free and on their own. The isolation is good for George and Lenny as they would get a sense of relaxation, and not having to deal with working for hardly any money. They would be at the top of the living status rather than the bottom. At the lake it is discussed how Lenny is forgetful, and only remembers certain things. It is also notices that He has a lack of mental capability, and depends on George to take care of him like his little brother.
  • Chapter 2
  • Character - Slim
  • Chapter 1
  • Symbol - George's Belongings
  • Theme - belonging
  • Not Belonging: George and Lenny first show up to the bunkhouse and are questioned by candy, the boss, curly, and slim. They all think that something is odd when George talks for Lenny, and that they travel together. "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're poundin' their tail on some other ranch. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to." (Pg 13)
  • Slim: Slim is defined as a hard working, well kept individual. He knows a lot about most things and gives great advice. Slim is someone who is appreciated and gets along with everyone. Slim is considered the "prince of the ranch." He is perfect in everyone's eyes, and the best buckskinner. Slim makes friends with everyone easily and is the only one who is actually friendly to Curly's wife, and everyone thinks that they have a thing.
  • George's belongings: George carries his items with him as a representation of how he doesn't have a permanent home. He also doesn't carry too much, just his pills and a leather wristband His things also show how he's on the road all the time and doesn't really stay in one place for too long, as Lenny is always causing trouble. George may also carry these pills for Lenny or himself.
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