of mice and men chapter 2
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Symbol: Hierarchy of authority In Chapter 2, a hierarchy of authority is quickly formed. With George and Lennie being late on their arrival, Candy warns them the new boss is angry, He also informs them, though, that he can be nice. George and Lennie typically avoid authoritarian figures, but the with the introduction of the bosses air-head son an his flirtatious wife, it becomes clear to them that they will need to steer clear of conflict.
Theme: Loneliness With the introduction of so many new characters, joined with a new unfamiliar environment - George and Lennie are destined to be weary. They are also destined to feel a sense of not fitting in, which greatly contributes to this chapters theme of loneliness. Although this does end up changing when they further develop relationships with the others, they have to face the fact that their time at the ranch will not be easy.
Characterization: Candy Candy, the first key character introduced in the novel after Lennie and George, is depicted as an old frail man who lost his hand in an accident. I see him as a father-type figure throughout the story, he warns Lennie and George that the boss can be nice, but is also angry at them for being late. He also assures George that even though there was lice powder in his bunk, it is in fact clean. Candys initial introduction differs from his character at the end of the story, mainly due to the fact he ends up sharing Lennie and Georges dream of buying property and owning a ranch. His decision to join their plan influences the growth and intensity of the relationship during the novel, keeping him from being a flat character.
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