Of Mice and Men: Chapter 2
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Curley, the son of the boss, is a thin young man wearing high-heeled boots. He dreams to be a strong man like Lennie, and he is always jealous at big guys and picking fights with them. As an amateur boxer, he is extremely ambitious. He proves himself by marrying a physically attractive woman. However, since he gets married, he becomes even cockier because his wife seems to be a temptress flirting with other men in the ranch even though he does not allow her to talk to any one.
In chapter two, George is shown to be a fan of solitaire, a game which can be played by only one person. The cards represent loneliness. Like everyone else in the ranch, George feels lonely. However, they deal with this in different ways: Lennie mimics George’s every action; Curley’s wife flirts with every man there; Candy keeps an old dog as his friend… George, though accompanied by Lennie, enjoys playing solitaire, which explains how isolated they are during the Depression.
Slim, described as “the prince of the ranch”, is respected by the rest of the people. He is good-looking, and an expert in his job. Undoubtedly, he is a perfect man, a distinctive existence in the ranch. There are only few detailed descriptions about Slim in chapter two, but his debut is absolutely impressive: “There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke. His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love.”(p 33)
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