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Why do you think that Slim is held in such high esteem by the other characters?

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Slim Why do you think that Slim is held in such high esteem by the other characters? In 'John Steinbeck's' novel 'Of Mice and Men' Slim plays an important role. Steinbeck gives this character whom he gives a dynamic personality, and portrays him to be an idol to all the other characters on the ranch. He has many qualities for which he is respected. He takes an interest in the other ranchmen's problems and is able to give them advice. He is friendly and recognizes the true bonds of the relationship. Nevertheless he is detached. Slim is a powerful person and a skilful man, however his power is limited. Slim receives the longest introductory description of any other character in the novel, 'A tall man stood in the doorway... He looked kindly at the two in the bunk-house.' This description accounts for every feature of his character. The content of the paragraph is very descriptive and word such as; 'majesty' and 'authority' are used to describe him. This exemplifies the respect he receives on the ranch. ...read more.

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Slim realised his fate, that he will be a ranch worker all his life, so in theory, instead of having dreams he decides to be the best ranch worker he can possibly be. Slim can be considered to be a practical person and has the capacity to make important decisions instantly. He may seem to be cruel, but his intentions are good and tries to show the other ranchmen the practicality in his decisions. There are various examples which illustrate this. When the controversy about Candy's dog was taking place, Slim takes the path of practicality and sides with Carlson. He says, 'Carl's right Candy. That dog aint no good to himself. I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I get old an' cripple.' Slim is not showing a sense of cruelty but is being realistic. Another incident as such takes place on the ranch for which Slim is being practical. This is when Slim drowns four of his own puppies. This is not an act of cruelty, as he is being practical once again, 'she couldn't feed that many.' ...read more.

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He says, 'I think you got your han' caught in a machine.' Curley agrees to this even though he is the boss's son. The most imperative part where Slim's presence is very significant is towards the end of the novel. This is when Curley's wife is discovered to be dead, and is missing as he is the culprit of this vile act. He mentions that Lennie has to be killed twice, 'I guess we gotta get 'im.' He also consoles George, as Slim knows that he is the one who shot Lennie, 'Come on, George. Me an' you'll go in an' get a drink.' The whole novel is cynical, apart from Slim. Steinbeck depicts him as the only positive character, and can be seen as the morality of the novel. The novel can be considered to be a tragedy, as nothing goes according to the character's desires, as Candy's wife and Lennie also end up dying. All the characters, excluding Slim need dreams, as they are the only means of bringing a hint of happiness into their miserable lives. But through Slim, Steinbeck conveys that the key to success is by sticking to reality. ?? ?? ?? ?? Of Mice and Men 04/12/2007 1 ...read more.

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