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Compare Chapters 1 and 6 of 'Of Mice and Men'.

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English Essay - Compare Chapters 1 and 6 Steinbeck uses the opening of his novel to introduce to us the main characters of the novel and also to hint at the forthcoming events that are yet to come in the novel. In the opening Steinbeck describes the setting as a tranquil and peaceful scene, which is almost like the Garden of Eden this, is almost too good to be true this also describe George and Lennie's dream. Everything in the setting is natural, 'the deep green pool of the Salinas River' and 'a far rush of wind sounded and a gust drove through the tops of the trees like a wave. The language creates a feeling of light and brightness, particularly the "twinkling" water. The leaves are 'deep and so crisp' so that a lizard 'makes a great skittering' as it runs through them. The sycamore leaves turned up their silver sides, the brown, dry leaves on the ground scudded a few feet'. ...read more.


George and Lennie upset the natural scene at the pool near the Salinas River as they arrive just like they upset the scene at the ranch. Once George and Lennie arrive at the ranch we begin to establish and understand the characters and their relationships. George and Lennie have a father like son relationship because George is the one who has to sort out the mess Lennie has gotten himself into and always explain to him what they are doing and where, he feels responsible for Lennie and looks out for him but George also likes the relationship between him and Lennie because he wants someone to talk to, a companion and someone who can look out for him too. Lennie is dependant on George and he obeys him without question and doesn't get into trouble but when Lennie is alone he gets into trouble straight away. Lennie is innocent like a child, he is a little kid inside a big man's body. ...read more.


When George arrives at the pool by the Salinas River, Lennie is so pleased to see him. George tells Lennie to look down the river and to imagine the farm, George now starts to tell Lennie about the dream. Lennie is now really focussing on the mental image of the farm in his head just before George shoots him he tells Lennie about the rabbits that he wants to tend. Lennie has been shot by George in the back of the head where Candy's dog was shot, George felt he had to shoot Lennie to save him form Curly and from being alone without George in a mental institution. There are a few hints in the first chapter about this event, when George talks about trouble and also what happened in weed. By the last chapter Lennie's death is unavoidable, and we have been prepared for it from the start of the book. Steinbeck flags up his themes in the opening chapter and shows the consequences in the ending of the novel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Habib Ahmed 11X3 ...read more.

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