Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

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  • Chapter 1
  • Lennie: "I'd leave the ketchup all to you. You could cover your beans with it and i wouldn't touch none of it
  • Chapter 2
  • Boss: "He ain't much of a talker, is he?"
  • George" "No, he ain't, but he's sure a hell a good worker."
  • Chapter 3
  • Lennie: "Tell about that place."
  • George: "Well, it's 10 acres, got a little windmill, little shack on a chicken run... I could easy build a few hutches and you could feed alfalfa to the rabbits.
  • Situation: Lennie is being friendly to George, and is talking about giving all his ketchup to George. Analysis: Lennie giving all his ketchup to George symbolizes friendship. He thinks George deserves it more than he does. Theme: Lennie does not need the ketchup, and wants George to be happy with him. This is a sign of friendship.
  • Chapter 4
  • Crooks: Well, s'pose, jus' s'pose he don't come back, what will you do then?"
  • Situation:George and Lennie are introducing themselves to their new boss. George has told Lennie not to speak, and let George do all the talking. Analysis: George is helping Lennie get the job because if he spoke, he would probably not get hired. Theme: George is friendship to Lennie by giving him a better chance of getting hired.
  • Chapter 5
  • Lennie: "This ain't no bad thing like I got to hide in the brush. Oh! no. This ain't. I'll tell George I foun' it dead."
  • Situation: George tells Lennie their dream again because he knows it makes him happy. Analysis: George telling Lennie again about their dreams is a symbol of friendship, because he knows it makes Lennie very happy. Theme: George is keeping Lennie happy about talking about the ranch to show that he cares about Lennie and his dream to tend the rabbits.
  • Chapter 6
  • Situation: Crooks is trying to scare Lennie so that he can feel powerful, and Lennie knows George won't leave him because they are best friends. Analysis: Lennie is sticking up for George because he knows George would never abandon him, even if Crooks says otherwise. Theme: George and Lennie's close friendship is what keeps them from abandoning each other
  • Lennie: "George won't go away from me. I know George won't do that!"
  • Situation: Lennie accidentally killed the puppy by petting it to hard, and is afraid that George will get mad at him, and not let him tend the rabbits. Analysis: Lennie is scared that George will get mad at him, but knows that if it isn't anything too bad, George won't be upset with him. Theme: George and Lennie's close friendship is noticeable to Lennie, that he can trust George to be understanding.
  • Situation:George shoots Lennie in the back of the head so that Lennie doesn't have to endure a worse fate for killing Curley's wife. Analysis: Since George cares about Lennie, he felt it was necessary to kill him before he was brutally tortured by Curley, and made it peaceful for him by reminding him of their dream. Theme: George shows friendship to Lennie by letting him die peacefully at the hands of his best friend, because Lennie was George's responsibility.
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