Of Mice and Men

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  • Chapter 1 Symbolism
  • In chapter one, the bunnies Lennie fantasizes about, are very symbolic. The rabbits represent the ultimate goal: How Lennie and George wish to live life one day. They dream of a future where nobody can tell the what to do and only have each other to worry about. Having this dream of a better future gives them motivation to face each day in the hope that their dream will become a reality.
  • Chapter 1 Friendship
  • Friendship is a powerful trait. In Chapter one you are introduced to a unbreakable friendship. George and Lennie cannot be more different yet the seem to fit together perfectly. George acts as an older brother to Lennie, looking out for his better interests. Immediately we are introduced to the brother like relationship George and Lennie share. When Lennie is gulping uncontrollably from the "scummy" pond water George responds as a older brother would and encourage him to stop. "Lennie, for God' sakes don't drink so much"(page 3) then continuing to remind him that he had made this mistake before "Lennie. You gonna be sick like you was last night"(page3)
  • Chapter 1 Characterization
  • In Chapter one we are introduced to Lennie. Lennie is initially described as a awkward character. When he is following George single file down the path he is depicted as a "huge man, shapeless of face, with large pale eyes, with wide sloping shoulders" (page 2). Lennie is described as child-like and foolish by his actions of gulping uncontrollably from the "scummy" water. During the chapter we are also introduced to Lennie's loving personality.
  • Chapter 2 Symbolism
  • In chapter two Georges game of solitaire symbolizes how he's basically alone through the beginning of the novel. Although George has Lennie as a companion Lennie can't always support him. When Slim reaches out to join his game of cards it shows George making a new friend and someone he can rely on.
  • Chapter 2 Friendship
  • Chapter 2 Characterization
  • In chapter two we are introduced Curley's wife. Curley's wife is a unnamed women who dresses to impress. She wears a lot of makeup and very short dresses. Her red painted fingernails and red high heels add to the look. Curley's wife knows the power she has over the men who work on the ranch and use it to make her husband jealous. She is often referred to as a "tart" or "jailbait". Curley's wife is his possession opposed to his partner.
  • The theme friendship appears again in chapter two when Slim questions why George and Lennie travel together. George explains to Slim about how they look out for each other and how its good to travel with someone that he knows and trusts. Chapter two introduces the beginning of George of and Slims friendship where George starts to open up to Slim.
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