Mice and Men: chapter one&two


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  • Character choice, Lennie
  • Symbol: dream farm
  • Theme: friendship
  • Lennie Small is "a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders." He is simple minded and most definitely has some sort of cognitive disability. He has the strength of a bear and often acts like one too. His personality is child like and he is unaware of his own strengths. These traits often result in some sort of trouble for Lennie and that is why he needs George. Never meaning to cause harm Lennie finds comfort in soft things.
  • Character: Curley's wife
  • Lennie and George have been taking orders their whole life. Doing as their told the men seek inly to stay out of trouble. Things are getting harder and the men dream up a possibility to keep them striving.The farm Lennie and George wish to own in their lifetime is a symbol of everyone's dream at that time. Having a lifestyle free of working for someone else. Instead the nature they wish to embrace represents freedom from their problems.
  • Symbol: playing cards
  • "Lennie . You gonna be sick like you was last night" this quote shows that George cares about Lennie and does not want him to get sick again. Their friendship develops throughout the chapter as Leennie relies on George. Keeping Lennie and himself out of trouble, George does his best to look after the both of them. George continues to care about Lennie and the actions he takes to protect them both. Caring for another person is key in any friendship.
  • Theme: friendship
  • The men on the farm refer to her as a tramp, a tart and a loo loo. Dressed in her fancy feathered red shoes. Steinback depicts Curley's wife not as a villan but rather as a victim. Curley's wife, like the other players in the drama, is simply a character type and the only woman in the plot. She is defined by her role: Curley's wife or possession. She is often neglected and unspoken to by the men. Curley's wife means trouble.
  • George plays a game of solitaire by himself when there are other guys sitting at the table. Even though he is aware he is not alone at the table anymore he continues to play his hand steady. The men watch him. This shows the readers that George is independent. It also shows the lack of trust he has towards others. It symbolizes the random appearance of events just as cards are drawn out at random from the deck.
  • "The old man came slowly into the room. And at his side there was a drag-footed sheep dog, grey of his muzzle, and with pale, blind eyes--" Candy continues to drag his old dog with him. He has had it forever and even though the dog is seen as not "useful" he cannot seem to let him go. No matter how everyone else see's Candy's dog, he will always see the animal and the best sheep dog ever. Friends stand by each others side and that is exactly what these two do throughout the chapter right until the dogs end.
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