My old man had a chicken ranch, 'bout ten acres. They will have a companion, which is something that many of the men do not have now. Memory Moment: Why might this memory be important. You try to keep away from him, will you? He offers to help George and Lennie buy the place. He also slips and mentions Weed because Slim is talking about what a nice person Lennie is. Clean forgot I told him to jump in.
You try to keep away from him, will you? He realizes that his dream of owning a farm is never going to come true, and he is going to be the same kind of man he bunks with at the ranch. The choice of language here seems uncharacteristic of Lennie. How does Steinbeck comment on the relationship at the beginning of this passage? When Lennie and George sit by the river to rest, what do they talk about? Those men who were seeking work would check the blackboards to find any new jobs. George also tells Slim about what happened in Weed with Lennie touching the woman's dress. This event has triggered memories that he has of making mistakes in the past.
He also explains that Lennie is a strong worker to make up for his lack of intelligence. Feeling embarrassed, Curley attempts to boost his own ego by picking on Lennie who is the easiest target. George does so and then warns Lennie that, if anything bad happens, Lennie is to come back to this spot and hide in the brush. This passage illustrates the men's loneliness. Lennie, unjustly provoked, crushes Curley's hand, breaking nearly every bone. Curley is a menace because of his violent and cruel nature; Curley's wife is a menace because of her seductive, predatory nature. If I tol' him to walk over a cliff, over he'd go.
He takes it from Lennie, who begins to whimper. George says he takes care of Lennie because he grew up with him and knew his Aunt Clara, so when she died, let Lennie come along with him. Curley's wife explains how she also has a dream. Curley is a jealous man, and this could spark problems between Curley, George, and Lennie later in the novel. Curley's wife, lonely and desperate, sits beside him. Lennie is silenced because he thinks like a child.
I nterpretation 3: George overcomes the evil in his society by making sacrifices for Lennie. Like the ranch-hands, she is desperately lonely and has broken dreams of a better life. Crooks, the stable buck, peeks in soon after to call Slim away, so George is left talking to Whit, another ranch hand, who tells George about Susy's place where the men sometimes go for male entertainment. I never knew till long later why he didn't like that. George tells the men that Lennie would have gone south because they came from the north. GradeSaver, 30 November 2008 Web. He remembers being scolded and reminded that he was keeping George from accomplishing his dreams.
Together, they are more than the solitary and miserable nobodies making their migrant wages during the Depression. Lennie, the larger man, lumbers along heavily like a bear; George is small and has slender arms and small hands. As a Californian, I know that Soledad is a highly agricultural part of the state and the place where many migrant workers come to find work. Slim is angry because Curley keeps asking him if he is involved with Curley's wife. Steinbeck uses direct characterization to describe Slim.
George explains where they could build rabbit hutches and how Lennie would feed alfalfa to the rabbits when suddenly Candy sits up and asks how much a place like that would cost. The reader might expect that George would be saddened by Lennie's actions; however, based on the image used to describe George's face, the reader might instead think that George is angry at Lennie's actions because he knows that Lennie has killed any chance the two men have of achieving their dream. If George had not made any derogatory statements about Curley, George might be able to blackmail the old man or tell Curley what the old man had said. Seems like Curley ain't givin' nobody a chance. Slim's dog has just given birth, and Carlson wants to replace Candy's old, useless dog with one of the puppies.
Due to his mental disability, Lennie is completely reliant on George. First, George has Slim convince Curley not to tell anyone what Lennie did but instead to say he got his hand caught in a machine. He glanced coldly at George and then at Lennie. Curley sets out to hang Lennie, but George runs with Lennie into the woods. At the new ranch they are headed for, George wants Lennie to keep quiet.
George decides that they must tell Curley about his wife. The men also meet Curley, the boss's ill-tempered and violent son, and, later, Curley's sexy wife, who likes to flirt with the ranch hands. Just as the dog is an example of a weakness being destroyed by strength, the men on the ranch are powerless as well. This in itself is not surprising, but George has to know that Lennie will face the negative consequences of murder. George says he killed Lennie in a struggle for Carlson's gun. George tells Lennie that he does not want Lennie to speak.
Friendship Friendship is an important theme in Of Mice and Men. Curley's wife, in a flirtatious attempt to comfort Lennie after he accidentally kills the puppy, confides in him that she's not fulfilled in her marriage with Curley and when she learns that Lennie loves to pet soft things, offers to let him pet her hair. After this outburst, George feels ashamed. Lennie remembers what George told him and goes to hide in the brush. Lennie asks George to once again describe the little farm that he knows about that they someday hope to own. His reputation would be ruined if people knew what happened.