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What contribution does Slim make to 'Of mice an men'.

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Daniel Evans C/w What contribution does Slim make to 'Of mice an men' For my coursework I am going to analyse the character of Slim and say what contribution he makes in 'Of Mice and Men'. I will describe what he says, what he does, what other people think of him and his relationship with the other ranch hands. We first meet Slim on page fifty five, this is where the lines 'he moved with a majesty only achieved by royalty and master craftsmen' and 'the prince of the ranch' show how highly Slim is regarded by the ranch hands they use words that describe royalty like majesty, master and prince. Slim is not only respected for his skill as a ranch hand as they say 'he could kill fly on the wheelers butt with a bull whip without touching the mule' but he is seen as a man who thinks things through especially before speaking when it says 'his ear heard more...' Finally to show how highly he is respected the text says ' his authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love'. Steinbeck from the start makes Slim above the other men and this is continuous throughout the whole novel till the end of the story. ...read more.

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I think Slim does not really wanted be involved as it says 'he seemed to shake himself free for speech'. Also during this scene you see how he is admired when the man brings the magazine to share with Slim and it is like he is a little child trying to get Slim's friendship but something, which seems treasured within the ranch hands is Slim's respect. But Slim is dragged back into the debate of Candy's dog right at the end and I feel that Slim has the power over the dog's life but can see why it should be killed as it is getting old and is quality of life is low but he wants the killing to be done properly and that is why he tells Carlson to take a shovel. I feel that when Slim says loudly 'one of my lead mules got a bad hoof. Got to get some tar off it' he is trying to break the silence and say that life still goes on after death. I feel Slim shows the ranch hands that they should stand up to people when he is arguing with Curley and outwits him, but his respect is emphasised by the fact that Curley can not really answer back and he is in a higher position on the ranch, and ...read more.

Conclusion

I swear you hadda.' And by taking him to the pub for a drink is his way of comforting but you know Slim's understanding goes much deeper than the Carlson and Curley when the last comment is made of the book. I conclude that Slim is a vital person in the book and is the only character apart from George who understands friendship and has a full set of morals. Slim has so much respect it is like a power and he uses this to exercise morals on the ranch hands. He is like the god of the story and is kind of too good to be true and John Steinbeck's description makes him ideal. The is one word that can sum up what everyone in the text thinks of him and that is respect and you wish that more ranch hands were like him. Throughout the whole of the story most ranch hands seem lonely but Slim never seems too I feel he has come to terms with the depression and accepts what seems to be the inevitable life of a migrant worker and that is too be alone but sees hope in George and Lennie. Also without a character like Slim, Curley would bully the ranch hands and he is so violent you are not sure what the story would be like without him. ...read more.

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