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Lewis Hayward (0f mice and men) Trouble for Lennie The great depression of the 1930`s was a dramatic, worldwide economic downturn which effected the industrialized country's and caused international trade to decrease. Facing plummeting demand with few alternate sources of jobs, areas dependent on primary sector industries such as: farming, mining and logging suffered the most. This caused thousands of men like George and Lennie to move from place to place to find work at farms and poorly paid jobs which some times causes people to be homeless. We learn at first that George is "small, quick, has a dark face, with restless eyes and has strong hands with slender arms." "We learn that Lennie is a huge man with a shapeless face, large pale eyes and wide slopping shoulders." This can appear to most people that Lennie is a aggressive person and can be capable of hurting someone if he got in a fight. John Steinbeck the author describes Lennie as a bear because the way he drags his legs and arms when he walks. We also learn that Lennie mimics whatever George does e.g. when George laid back on the sand then Lennie imitates him and also the way Lennie copies the way George walks. We learn that Lennie depends on George e.g. "I want you with me, Lennie Jesus Christ, somebody shoot you for a coyote if you was by yourself, no you stay with me." ...read more.


This dream is a typical American dream which farmers or people who are poor say this all the time. This could lead them out of poverty with their determination. This dreams show's that all George and Lennie want is to be independent and well of and to live without trouble and hard work. In the story we learn that Curley is the boss's son and is described as "a young man with a brown face, brown eyes and a head of tightly curled hair," He wore a work glove on one hand (his left) and he also wears high healed boots. We also learn that he is an aggressive, assertive young man because his body language and the way he speaks to people e.g. he says to Lennie "by Christ he's got to talk when he's spoken to." When he first meets Lennie and George he was rude and aggressive to them. When Lennie didn't answer to him, he was insulting and aggressive which embarrassed Lennie. I think that Curley is aggressive towards Lennie because Lennie is taller and bigger than him and he sees that as a threat to him. Candy hints that "Curley's like a lot of little guys, He hates big guys, and he's always picking scraps with the big guys." With this information George realises the possibility that Curley will attack Lennie because of the way he speaks to him. ...read more.


We learn that George can clearly see the threat posed by Curley's wife e.g. the way she looks clearly at Lennie, the rumours about her and her wearing the colour red which symbolises danger. George also warns Lennie to keep away from her, "well you keep away from her, cause she's a rattrap if I ever seen one." George also tells Lennie to hide in the brush if there is any trouble "hide till I come for you, don't let anybody see you. Hide in the brush by the river." This shows that George lacks faith in Lennie and George can see Lennie get in trouble with Curley's wife because of I know that Lennie is capable of getting into trouble also given what we know happened in Weed. I have come to a conclusion; I think that Lennie will defiantly get in trouble. I can see this because all the events that happened in scene one e.g. what happened in weed, Curley (first time seeing him), Curley's wife (the first time she see's him) and George keeps reminding him about hiding if he gets in trouble. I think its unfair that Lennie and George are in this position because they have to stay at the ranch due to poverty and lack of money and this is why I see trouble foreshadowing because they have to stay there and I think that Lennie hasn't got the brainpower to get himself out of trouble so that's why I can see it. ...read more.

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