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lennie

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  • Symbolism
  • One of the symbols in chapter one is the river. George tells Lennie that if he ever gets into trouble like he "always done before" that he should hide in the brush "till I come for you." The pool is a symbol for a safe house or a meeting spot in case there is trouble.
  • Major theme
  • In chapter one, the major theme of friendship begins to be developed. It can be seen in the first chapter that although George yells at Lennie and is annoyed by him it is clear that they have a strong friendship because George always apologizes for being mean and they continue to move onward with their journey, and their friendship will continue to be seen throughout the story.
  • Characterization: Lennie
  • Lennie is one the first characters to be introduced in the story. he is described as Georges "opposite" he is "a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws. His arms did not swing at his sides, but hung loosely." Lennie is like a big child, he has the body of a man but his brain power is equal to that of a 5 year old. When Lennies Aunt dies him and George are left alone and of course, George ends of taking care of Lennie in a "leader and follower" friendship.
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  • Major theme
  • Characterization: Slim
  • Slim is introduced in the second chapter of the book. On page 33 it says "a tall man stood in the doorway. He held a crushed stetson hat under his arm while he combed his long, black, damp hair straight back. Like the others he wore blue jeans and a short denim jacket." This is slims physical description, the next part describes his place on the ranch. "He moved with a majesty only achieved by royalty and master craftsmen." He is compared to royalty. "The prince of the ranch, capable of driving ten, sixteen, even twenty mules with a single line to the leaders. He was capable of killing a fly on the wheeler's butt with a bull whip without touching the mule." Again, the author creates a sense of Slims power on the ranch. The last quotes describe again his power and authority on the ranch. "There was a gravity in his manner" and "all talk stopped when he spoke", "his word was taken on any subject"
  • One of the symbols that we will begin to see throughout the story is first used in chapter two and that symbol is the game of solitaire. The game symbolizes the impact of chance in the story, every time something happens to the cards, they get shuffled, a new one is drawn, etc, there is a random event that happens in the story and we will continue to see this later on.
  • In chapter two the major theme of friendship continues to develop further. George and Lennie have arrived at the ranch and they are greeted by the others, not very kindly. In chapter one Lennie is told not to say a word to anybody and in chapter two he is tested by the others on the ranch when Lennie is asked to speak for himself, as Lennie continues to get bullied George displays their friendship by standing up for him which raises more suspicion about the two.
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