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of mice and men

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Introduction

The character of "Lennie" is described as "the way a bear drags his paws". This gives the idea of Lennie being large. George is described as "small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp strong features", which draws contrast with Lennie, demonstrating that where Lennie is simple and slow, George is more mentally able and has a leading position. As through the book, animal imagery is used, regarding the relationship between Lennie and George. This is important, because the relationship is important with the things that are happening around them, and gives reasons for many of the twists in the plot linked to these two characters. Their relationship is a 'father and son' relationship with George as the father. John Steinbeck uses the different type of atmosphere and the different ideas to describe places in the book "Of Mice and Men". This showed at the start of Chapter one which talks about the valley and countryside. Also, at the start of Chapter two which is the bunkhouse and inside the ranch. In chapter one starting paragraph he uses nice colours to describe warm setting. For example following quote shows that "the Salinas River drops in close to the hill side bank and runs deep green." ...read more.

Middle

George decides to go after Lennie himself, as Curley is going after him "I'm gonna shoot the guts outta that big bastard my self". As this makes it crystal clear from the reader point of view that there is no way Lennie could escape now. George knows exactly where Lennie is (in the brush) as that was set to be Lennie's hiding place if he got into trouble and George quickly goes after Lennie. In Chapter two opening paragraph is about bunkhouse. It is about where the all workers slept on the ranch, where they kept their belongings and it is a dark, cold and horrible place. Steinbeck uses different colours to describe different places. In Chapter one starting paragraph he uses nice colours to describe warm setting. For example following quote says "the Salinas River drops in close to the hill side bank and runs deep green." He uses colour green to describe the colour of Salinas River. In Chapter two starting paragraph again he uses some horrible colours to describe cooled setting. The following quotes showing that "Near one wall there was a black cast- iron stove". He use black colour to describe the very dark and cooled place. ...read more.

Conclusion

Despite this, he doesn't learn. This shows the reader about how simple minded he really is. Candy the old swampier and his "ancient dog". Candy felling exceedingly lonely kept a dog to keep him company. His dog was his only friend. Their relationship is a parallel narrative to the one between George and Lennie, this is because one is in control of the other. However as the story progresses Carlson shoots Candy's Dog as he is "old" and "useless". When Candy's dog is put down he is shot in the back of the head. Candy regrets that fact that he should have shot his own dog. "I ought to have shot that dog myself George". So this suggests to the reader that if Lennie does get into a big trouble George could put him out of his misery as Candy suggested. So the reader almost sees it coming in a sense for Lennie. In the end, it was always quite clear to the reader that Lennie is going to die one way or another. The story starts to build up this mood from the very start when we learn about Lennie and hear about the incident in "Weed". And later on when Curley's wife is introduced and her behavior clearly suggested to the reader this was always going to lead to a tragic end. ...read more.

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