Candy confides to George that he should have shot his dog himself, not let a stranger do the task. He is interested in the fact that George and Lennie travel together, a rare situation among ranch hands. He seems to let people share their ideas without sticking his opinions in. You read more about them and what they symbolize in The Characters section of this guide. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. Their conversation has also touched on a troubling event, one that foreshadows an even more tragic happening later in the story. He is a big man who is often described with animal images.
As you will see, George and Lennie have big plans, but the title gives a good hint that things may not turn out too well. A few blocks away at the Lyceum Theatre, four talented actors with Hollywood cred — Toni Collette, Michael C. Lennie follows George's words and actions like a younger brother or a faithful dog. In fact, Steinbeck had originally planned to call his novel Something that Happened. But unlike Candy, Crooks gives up on the dream. Candy continues with his description of the people on the ranch. Do you remember that story? Ultimately, Lennie, the mentally handicapped giant who makes George's dream of owning his own ranch worthwhile, ironically becomes the greatest obstacle to achieving that dream.
He tells of Lucifer's fall from heaven and the creation of hell. Carlson begins pressuring Candy to shoot his dog. Contents: Life and background of the author -- Introduction to the novel -- Critical commentaries -- Character analysis -- Critical essays -- Cliffsnotes review -- Cliffsnotes resource center. . Whit makes only two brief appearances in the book, both during this chapter. He can read, and not just the Bible. Look over this first description of Lennie to see how often Steinbeck uses animal images to describe him.
This setting is alive, but death always lurks nearby. The latest generation of titles in the series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. George seems bored or annoyed each time he begins to tell the story, but soon he gets more excited himself. These differences are described more fully in the discussion of the novel later in this guide. Or perhaps his name indicates that he is never really straight with anyone.
The play's themes still sting, but the style is retrograde. The differences between them are striking, yet they too seem to complement each other to form a two-sided whole. Steinbeck created a similar character in his earlier novel, The Pastures of Heaven. Two men have arrived on the scene, and the environment seems troubled by their presence. As you read Of Mice and Men, you'll have to decide for yourself whether Steinbeck is genuinely sympathetic toward his characters and their troubles or whether he has chosen merely to sit back and watch them in their hopeless struggle to improve their lives. When the men discover Curley's wife's body, Slim confirms George's need to put Lennie out of his misery.
This study guide was written with the assumption that you have read Of Mice and Men. Individual people within a microcosm represent groups of people in the larger world. Downloadable version available as well through PinkMonkey store. This time the description involves images of light and darkness next to each other. But when he realized that Lennie would do anything he said, even something dangerous, George stopped kidding him. One of these has already met a tragic end, and Lennie has been warned several times that the puppy may die if it is mistreated.
And after George has thrown the mouse across the river, he knows that Lennie has gone to retrieve it. The CliffsNotes commentaries, summaries, and character analysis will show you why this sweet, sad, and moving American story is considered to be one of Steinbeck's greatest works. He not only doesn't seek the society of the bunk house, he also objects to Lennie and the others coming into his sanctum. Two elements make this clear. The sentences were long and smooth flowing, like the river.
George does his thinking for him and tries to keep him out of trouble. Lennie presses once more about the rabbits he will get to tend and threatens to leave one more time. As soon as Steinbeck finished the book, he immediately began work on a play version of the story, which had a successful run on Broadway in 1938. Candy informs the two men that they are already in hot water with the boss. Weil Harry ein Zauberer ist. The focus is shifting now, and Lennie is going to be taking over throughout most of the rest of the book.
But Lennie's excitement at hearing the words and his interjections cause George to change his tone of voice. We know Lennie has a potential for violence, so we are a little afraid when he confronts Curley in the bunk house or begins petting Curley's wife's hair in the barn. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose. Slim and another ranch hand, Carlson, discuss the idea of killing Candy's old dog and giving him one of the new puppies instead. Steinbeck's story line is very tightly constructed. Lennie is at once a bear and a horse.