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For which characters do you feel the most sympathy? Refer closely to the novel in your answer

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'For which characters do you feel the most sympathy? Refer closely to the novel in your answer.' The two characters I have some sympathy for are Candy and Slim. I feel some sympathy for Candy because he is old and only kept on the ranch because he lost his hand working on it. He also has to bow to peer pressure, and have his beloved dog shot simply because the people who slept in the same bunk-house did not like it. I also feel some sympathy for him once Curley's Wife has been shot, were he says that he could have had a nice quiet end of his life, saying: 'I could of hoed the garden and washed the dishes for them guys.' - and again a little later where he says: If there was a circus or a baseball game...we would of went to her...jus' said "Ta hell with work," an' went to her. Never ast nobody's say-so. I also have some sympathy for Slim, because he has a great responsibility of everyone looking up to him. This is shown when Curley's wife dies, where Slim went over to her body and checked her pulse, confirming to everyone that she was dead. He also comforted George after he had shot Lennie, by saying: 'Never you mind ... ...read more.

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I feel a great deal of sympathy for Curley's wife too, because she is left on her own with no one to talk to and a husband that 'gets mad' if she speaks to anyone apart from him. We see this when she explains her situation to Lennie: 'I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.' She explain again to Lennie about how Curley is overprotective of her when she states: 'I can't talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad.' We also see that Curley's wife is confined to the house with Curley, who 'Spends all his time sayin what he's gunna do to guys he don't like,' and that 'he don't like nobody.' Curley's Wife also seems to get left out of the conversations that the men have, and gets very lonely. The men leave her out because they, for some reason, don't trust her, as they always tell her to go away. Curley's Wife gets very lonely because Curley is out most of the day, and she has nothing to do. She proclaims this where she says: 'Why can't I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.' Another action that makes me feel sympathy for her is just before she dies in the barn. ...read more.

Conclusion

He also says that he '...don't like nobody.' Curley is also more concerned with his respect and authority than he is with his wife. We see this illustrated well when he discovered his wife dead, and instead of breaking down and being saddened by the loss, he is organising the murder of Lennie. I have no sympathy for Carlston because he doesn't console George after he has shot Lennie, but marvels at the apparently good shot. He also has very little tact with regards to shooting Candy's dog. We see this were he says: 'Just shoot him right there, right in the back of the head...' Overall, I have the most sympathy for Crooks, because even though Curley's Wife paid the ultimate price in the end (her life) she also had a reasonable amount of authority. We see this when it came to speaking to people such as Crooks, where she speaks to him in a scorn, treating him badly, and so not being as worse off than him. An excellent example of the disrespect shown by Curley's Wife to Crooks is shown where she says: 'Listen nigger,' After this particular incident she continued to stand over Crooks, so that she could '...whip at him again;'. This shows that crooks, although he didn't pay the ultimate price, his life, as Curley's Wife did, his life was actually more miserable - and so I feel even more sympathy for him. Paul Heaney Page 1 02/05/2007 ...read more.

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