Of Mice & Men -Chapter 1/2

Of Mice & Men -Chapter 1/2

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  • Characterization: Lennie Small: In Chapter One, the reader is introduced to Lennie. Lennie is immediately categorized as a man of tremendous size. Unfortunately, he has the mind of a young child. Lennie is described to be a follower, always walking behind George. He's a huge man with a shapeless face. He has large pale eyes, with broad sloping shoulders. When he walks, he tends to drag his feet; he's compared to the likes of a bear. His arms do not swing. They loosely hang down by his sides. He is always dressed in denim and wears a black hat. It is the uniform of a hard worker.
  • Symbolism: The Setting: In Chapter One, we are introduced to a symbol, the setting. It's a symbol of their hopes and dreams; a life they want to live. They dream of being free, for the two of them to not have to work for anyone, to live together in a little home out in the country,
  • Theme: Friendship In Chapter One, we are introduced to a major theme in the book, that theme being friendship. People who worked on farms during the 1930's, were not known to travel in pairs. It was very unusual to see two men together, especially two men such as Lennie and George; the two men being polar opposites, and yet sharing a friendship. They take care of one another, and keep each other company.
  • He tends to carry around dead mice, and has dreams of one day owning many rabbits and working for himself. He is strong but lacks intelligence. Lennie has a past of causing trouble with women. His actions, have lead to the two men being kicked out of a town in the pass.
  • and to only have to work for themselves. They dream of having chickens and rabbits to tend to, and of thick, heavy cream in the winter. The setting is very free, with animals running wild in nature, as the two men hope to be one day.
  • Characterization: Slim The character of Slim is first introduced in Chapter Two. Slim is described to be a tall man. He wears a crushed Stetson hat, which often covers his long, damp, thick black hair. Like the other workers on the ranch, Slim wears blue jeans and a short denim jacket. Slim gives off a certain royalty vibe, of a master craftsman. He is referred to as the " prince of the ranch", and works as a jerk-line skinner. He is described as having an ageless "hatchet" face. Slim could be anywhere between the age of thirty-five to fifty.
  • Lennie looks to George for guidance, and George always has someone to keep him company. Although at times George feels he would have an easier time without Lennie, George cannot bare to lose his one and only friend.
  • Their friendship goes beyond simple companionship. When Lennie is being insulted by the boss, George immediately comes to his rescue. We don't know how they became to be friends, but it's clear it's a strong friendship.
  • Theme: Friendship: In Chapter Two, Lennie and George finally make it to the ranch. Being Lennie's friend, George doesn't let him speak for himself, for fear of them not getting a job. If Lennie doesn't make a good impression, there would be no work for either of them, because they travel together.
  • He has a certain authority around the ranch; when he talks others listen, even Curley. He has large, lean and delicate hands compared to those of a "temple dancer". Slim is considered to be an expert at his job. He is a very trustworthy and rational.
  • The light is reflecting through the window and into the bunkhouse, lighting up the place just as they walk in through the door. Their arrival the ranch is a new beginning for them; a place to start over. The new ranch is a place for hope; hope for a new bright future.
  • Symbolism: The Light: In Chapter Two, we are introduced to a symbol, the light. "At about ten o'clock ... the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars." p.18 A quote from when Lennie & George just arrive at the ranch.
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