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'Of Mice & Men' - Character Analysis

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c/w 21 September 2003 'Of Mice & Men' - Character Analysis During chapter two of the novel 'Of Mice and Men,' we are introduced to another six different characters as George and Lennie begin work on a farm. These characters are the boss, his son, Curley and Curley's wife, and the other itinerants Candy, Slim and Carlson. The first of these characters that we meet is Candy. Candy Is introduced as an old man with a physical disability. "Out of the sleeve came a round stick-like wrist, but no hand." His physical description shows that he cannot work on a farm, and we find out later that he has been demoted to a cleaner. Candy's behaviour and the way he speaks links to each other. At first he seems a bit hostile towards George and Lennie as he doesn't really welcome them. He then starts to talk to them properly and tells them about the ranch. Candy doesn't really have any moral values. When he talks about the way the black stable buck is beaten up by the boss, instead of expressing concern he laughs and jokes about it. This shows that he is very biased. George and Lennie and Candy get on right from the start, but George is very angry after the interview when Candy eavesdrops on a conversation between George and Lennie. Candy is a very lonely man with no family. ...read more.


This is also shown by the fact that he stands confidently and arrogantly. He is broad, short and stocky, but also powerful. When George and Lennie meet Curley for the first time they immediately make an enemy. Right from the beginning Curley gives them a hostile reception when he walks him. "He glanced coldly at George and then at Lennie." For some reason he seems to be looking for a fight, "his hands closed into fists." Curley seems to have a problem with Lennie. Curley is very small and not like a normal man and is jealous of Lennie - he sees Lennie as a threat. Lennie is huge and muscular, but Curley is small and stocky. Even though he symbolises a higher status he is morally and physically stunted. Curley is very violent for a small man and can be compared to George, as he is a worse version of George (George is tamed my Lennie." Of all the characters we have met so far most of them are physically or mentally disabled. Curley is very small and unman-like, Crooks has a crooked back, Candy only has one hand and Lennie is mentally disabled. Steinbeck is trying to show that even though America is the land of dreams, these people have been damaged by America. Crooks is also the target of racism. Even George is damaged by America as he has failed in life. ...read more.


He is an omnipotent who is idealised and no one is like him. Slim is used as a moral yardstick to measure everyone else. He welcomes George and Lennie to the ranch. He does this in a friendly and gentle way. "His tone was friendly. It invited confidence without demanding it." He is not suspicious like the boss and believes in friends travelling together. He doesn't seem hostile and gives George and Lennie a welcoming atmosphere and understands that George and Lennie look out for each other. George is also given the confidence to open up to George and reveal his true feelings about Lennie. George is able to trust Slim and knows that he will understand and not tell anyone. Carlson seems like a nice person from the start and by the way he welcomes George and Lennie. "Glad to meet ya." Like Slim, he Carlson is described as a "powerful, big-stomached man". He shows his respect to Slim and lets Slim go first. "Carlson stepped back to let Slim precede him". However, we then find out that he is very insensitive. He begins a conversation about Slim's dog and then talks about wanting to kill Candy's dog. "That dog of Candy's is so God-damn old he can't hardly walk." Stinks like hell, too...Why'n't you get Candy to shoot his old dog." Carlson wants to kill Candy's dog because he is too old and smells and is a nuisance. This is very insensitive. ...read more.

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