of mice and men CHAPTER ONE

of mice and men CHAPTER ONE

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  • Characterization: Curley's wife
  • Symbolism: Dead Puppy
  • Theme: Power
  • In the chapter the reader gets better understanding of Curley's wife. She wore a bright cotton dress and the mules with the red ostrich feathers. Her was made up and the little sausage curls were all in place. When she walks into the bunkhouse Lennie is there. She confides in him and tells him about how she could have been an actress or travelling with a show. She feels like she can trust Lennie and tells him how she doesn't want to live on this farm and how she isn't happy being with Curley.
  • Characterization: George
  • In this chapter the reader is shown that Lennie had killed one of Slim puppies. This symbolizes the innocent strength that Lennie obtains. He first kills the puppy and gets mad and covers it in the hay so george won't know that he has done a "bad thing". He then retrieves it pets it some more and then throws it accros the barn. The behaviour demonstrates what a child may do in this situation. Once again Lennie had created an accidental tragedy.
  • Symbolism: Pool by the river
  • in this chapter the reader is shown that Lennie has power over Curley's wife. While they are in the barn She asks if he wants to feel her hair since it's very soft and Lennie enjoys the touch of soft things. While he's touching her hair he pets harder and harder and she tells him to stop but he does not. She screams and he grabs her face so no one can hear her scream. He doesn't know his own strength and shook her; and her body flopped like a fish. Then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck.
  • Theme: Power
  • In this chapter the reader is shown the true side to George. George has to kill Lennie otherwise Curley and the other men would have caught him and killed him themselves. This shows a sign of true strength in George as many people will never be put in a situation like this. Lennie had many mental issues and George would have not been able to help him. He did what he thought was best and put them both out of their misery.
  • In this chapter it the story ends where it began but the setting is darker and the values have changed. The pool is now a place of death and loneliness instead of nice sanctuary to relax. This symbolizes that something bad is about to occur. The heron is eating and killing the snake instead of the bunny's running around. The leaves are now brown and there are gusts of wind, instead of green leaves and gentle breezes. There is not longer safety for Lennie in this area, only death.
  • In this chapter the reader is shown that Lennie's mind is more powerful than himself. He begins to hallucinate that his aunt Clara is scolding him about how George is going to be extremely angry towards him. He can not control his thoughts and does not realize the difference between reality and his own imagination. He does not realize how severe the "bad thing" he has done could affect his life.
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