Chapter 1 and Chapter 4

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  • Lennie is a character that is described as very large, and very simple. He uses simple language, and gets confused easily. He is childlike, "shapeless of face" (pg. 2) and is described as having paws for hands. These attributes make him seem very animalistic.
  • In this chapter we are first introduced to the characters, and we see how separate they are from the whole world. Despite having each other, which is more than many have at this time, these two men travel everywhere on their own, and they don't seem to have any connection to family or friends back home.
  • In chapter 1, the pool and water is seen as a place of sanctuary and safety. The men are well-rested and feel safe. It is also the place that George tells Lennie to go to if he gets into trouble, so they see it as a place of refuge.
  • Light is a very important symbol in this chapter. When Lennie comes into Crook's room, he mentions that the only reason he came in was because he "seen [Crooks'] light"(pg.68). Lennie, being childlike as he is, is drawn to the good in people and the world, and for this reason we can see that despite all that is said about him in a negative connotation Crooks is indeed a good man. Crooks also argues to Lennie that he has a "right to have a light" making us believe that the light could also be seen as an inner light, or Crooks' soul.
  • In this chapter we learn a little more about Crooks, the stable buck. He is an older man who has lived his entire life faced with discrimination because of his race, and because of this he now disengages from society completely. He doesn't allow himself to hope or dream, and so when faced with the idea of helping out on the ranch of George and Lennie, it is a big step forward for him to suggest himself coming along.
  • This chapter is centered mostly around the four most outcast characters in the book. Despite being all together, these characters are used to being left alone and having no one to really listen to them. They don't know how to be friends, and so instead they argue and try to show their superiority. Despite having the chance to no longer be alone, these characters choose to continue to stay separate and lonely, because it is all they have ever known.
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