Chapter 1 Storyboad

Chapter 1 Storyboad
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  • Symbol: The Dead Mouse
  • Character: George
  • Jesus Christ!
  • Theme: Dreams
  • In chapter one the dead Mouse Lennie pets is symbolic of his child-like nature. A normal adult would easily be able to see the issues with keeping a dead pet, but Lennine, like a child, does not. Furthermore, like a child his view point is very egocentric. The only thing that’s important to him is that the mouse is soft, not whether the mouse is happy, or even alive. Lennie even becomes obsessed with the mouse and much like a child, chases after the mouse after George reprimands him and throws it away.
  • Symbolism: Lennie
  • In chapter one Of Mice and Men, we learn that George is a pragmatic and intelligent person. He holds on to Lennie’s work card for him because he’s prepared for something to go wrong; George is the type of person who is always planning ahead. However his plans don’t often reach fruition and we see him lash out at the people he perceives to be stopping them, such as the ‘lazy’ bus driver and Lennie with all his past mistakes. Of the duo George is the one who keeps them on the path of success, but he needs Lennie to remind him what he’s working for.
  • Character: Lennie
  • In the first chapter we can see that the dreams of the characters play an important role in the story. We are shown the dream that George and Lennie both share, and we see that it is a driving force for them. Even though George feels resistant when Lennie prompts him, he eventually gets carried away with the life he wants to live. George says himself he could have an easier life without Lennie, but the dream that they both share gives him a purpose that he wouldn’t have otherwise.
  • Theme: Dreams
  • Lennie is symbolic of both the dreams the characters wish to achieve and the unpredictability of the world that prevents them from achieving it. In this chapter he is described in an animal like manner, emphasizing his existence as a being not of logic or reason, but of nature itself. He is not able to control his actions or emotions but his obsession with simple pleasures reminds people of their own wants and deep desires. Lennie represents a paradox or duality of the story's world. It both inspires and feeds the characters grandest dreams and crushes them with it's harsh and indomitable nature.
  • From the begining of this chapter Lennie is described in terms of a hulking animal and no longer at all as a human. He comes into the clearing “as silently as a creeping bear” and like an animal twitches and turns at the slightest sound. His mental state is also shown to deteriorate without George's accompaniment. As he's alone in the forest he sees hallucinations of a giant rabbit and his old aunt Clara. These hallucinations constantly mention George as they take his place in scolding Lennie. They represent truly, how reliant Lennie is on George's guidance.
  • In chapter six, dreams are finalized as something that no matter how close the characters come, or how well they plan, they can never reach. In this book the dream is an almost mythical place rooted at the heart of the characters most deepest desires and is a world that exists without the pain and fear of their reality. However we see at the beginning of the chapter with the death of the water snake that even nature, in all it's wonder, is still a cruel place that is inseparable from the pain and fear that the characters despise. For this reason the dream can never be achieved and in acceptance of this fact, George shoots Lennie, ending the dream for good.
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