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Discuss the hopes of the characters and consider the implication for the book as a whole and in particular, where do you think Slim fits into the story?

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"OF MICE AND MEN" JOHN STEINBECK Discuss the hopes of the characters and consider the implication for the book as a whole and in particular, where do you think Slim fits into the story? In the book we come across a group of characters based in barn where most are working on to gain money for a great purpose that some believe they will achieve at the end. The two main characters are George and Lennie who we start the story off with. We see them on their way to the ranch to be workers. The main characters in this book, all of who have ambitions are shown below, * George - American Dream along with Lennie and Candy to get their own land. * Lennie - American Dream * Candy - American Dream * Curley - Boxer * Curley's wife - Actress * Crooks - He wants to live equally with right and respect among the white characters and have someone to be and talk with. * Slim - He has no real ambition, unlike the others, but he is seen as the fearless worker offering advice, comfort, and quiet words of wisdom. He's the decision-maker when it comes to conflicts and problems. As you can see from the above descriptions it is clear that in the story most of the characters have some sort of ambition apart from Slim who I think plays a different role in this story which I will explain later. ...read more.


He is mentally handicapped with child like behaviour and ideas, yet he has enormous strength, a combination that proves fatal as we go into the story. Lennie through out the story uses George as his fuel for getting him out of trouble and hope for his childish interpretation of the American dream, a bizarre one, where he sees himself stroking and taking care of rabbits, again another example of is stupid ness. As in many cases he has killed animals by stroking them, a mouse, a pet dog and even a human at the end. The important part that Lennie plays is the conflicts and broken dreams he causes. Candy, the old one-handed swamper who is the first to join their plans is one character that seems to be at the end of the line after his dog being killed, and therefore has only one more option, that is to join George and Lennie's dream. As with all the others when Lennie kills Curley's wife he is angered by the fact that all hopes are over for him. The same goes for Curley's wife, the neglected woman in the story who wants to escape from the loneliness of her husband and talk to the other men, who find it awkward. She dreams of being and actress and in many ways she already has fallen into the deep dark hole like the others will because she was denied to be an actress when she was small by her mother and married off to Curley and to a life of loneliness. ...read more.


I think the author uses the game of solitaire effectively as another metaphor. In the story George seems to play solitaire very frequently with the others. Solitaire is a game that only requires one person to play it also means in many ways loneliness. The fact that George plays solitaire himself and not with Lennie (because he thinks he's mentally incapable) in my personal view foretells the future for George, a future of Loneliness. After getting rid of Lennie as his burden he adopts the burden of a life of loneliness like many others have in the story. The dead mouse and dog are again indications of the fate to become of George and Lennie. Lennie touches the animals and kills them even though he never meant to hurt them and he loves them they still die. This is very similar to what happens to the dreams of Lennie and George, even though they never meant to cause trouble and conflicts, they still suffer by the death of lennie and a broken dream for George and Candy. I think this also brings about the whole idea and implications of the story and the title. I think men are just like the mice, even men are destined for the same fate, no matter what your intentions are, even if they are love, when in a world like George and Lennie were in, a fate of loneliness, pain and most of all broken dreams are to behold you. By Sayfur Rahman 10B ...read more.

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