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George to Lennie When they are in the bunkhouse, after Curley comes in. between Lennie and George, how they are there for each other, their relationship . Analysis In Chapter 2, Lennie sensed that the ranch is not a safe place for them. George and Lennie's relationship is further developed by Steinbeck in and Candy's reaction can be seen in the adverbs Steinbeck uses to describe how. Of Mice and Men Friendship Quotes They had walked in single file down the path , 4) From the first sight of Lennie and George, a dynamic in their relationship is 2) George describes his friendship with Lennie in no abstract terms and with.
He also mentions the story of Andy Cushman, a man who is now in prison because of a "tart. In this chapter, the gloom is relieved by the hopeful planning of the three men — George, Lennie, and Candy — toward their dream. For the first time in his life, George believes the dream can come true with Candy's down payment. He knows of a farm they can buy, and the readers' hopes are lifted as well, as the men plan, in detail, how they will buy the ranch and what they will do once it is theirs.
But while Steinbeck includes this story of hope, the preponderance of the chapter is dark. Both the shooting of Candy's dog and the smashing of Curley's hand foreshadow that the men will not be able to realize their dream.
The shooting of Candy's dog shows the callousness of Carlson and the reality of old age and infirmity.
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Carlson offers to shoot the old dog, complaining many times of the smell. He brutally keeps after Candy, and Candy's reaction can be seen in the adverbs Steinbeck uses to describe how Candy looks: Carlson is the stereotype of a macho male. He relentlessly pursues the dog's death, more for his own comfort he doesn't like the dog's smell than to put the dog out of its misery. He quickly and emphatically says he has a Luger that can do the job, and he has to be reminded by Slim to take a shovel so Candy will be spared the glimpse of the corpse.
Carlson even cleans his gun in front of Candy after the deed is done. While it may be true that killing the dog put it out of its misery, little concern is shown for Candy's feelings after a lifetime of caring for the dog. Now Candy is like the rest of them — alone. The rough and brutal world of the ranch hand is revealed by Carlson's actions and then brought up once again with the brutality of Curley toward Lennie.
Continued on next page Why does Steinbeck use this technique? It's another way of creating Lennie's mental disability. He is very strong, however, just like a bear or other animal, he has little control over his strength and emotions.
As we've already seen, George tries to take care of Lennie. In their relationship, George is in control, while Lennie is just like a little kid. We see many, many examples of this throughout the novel, and just one example is, "like a terrier who doesn't want to bring a ball to its master". Another simile compares Lennie to an animal, though this one shows him as something small, and though unwilling, unable to do anything about it.
At the same time, it calls George the "master". Another note to make is that George threatens to "sock" Lennie, and despite his gigantic size, Lennie never even thinks to fight back. This once more shows his simplicity, and in a more subtle hint that as Slim and George say, he "ain't mean".
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Why does George stick with Lennie? However, his anger soon fades, and "he looked ashamedly at the fire". This shows his guilt, and that in reality, he didn't mean all the nasty things he said about being stuck with Lennie. George gets companionship from being with Lennie. While their relationship first started with him knowing Lennie's Aunt Clara any conspiracy theories?
When they talk about the dream, he explains this. However, George isn't like this because he has Lennie, to talk to, to take care of, and to be admired by. Alongside Lennie, George feels "smart" - the reason he once played tricks on Lennie. Because of their relationship, George makes the ultimate sacrifice for Lennie at the end.
Death is the easy option. George will have to live and work as one of the "loneliess guys in the world" for the rest of his life. More on that later. Candy and his dog Friendship is a strong issue in the novel, and a lack of it. Even Slim finds it "funny how you an' 'im string along together" -- talking about George and Lennie.
The boss thinks George must be "takin' his pay" Lennie's because he "never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy". Candy and his dog are another key instant where the lack of friendship is shown. Their relationship mirrors George and Lennie's in many respects, such as Candy's had the dog "from a pup".
Candy gets companionship just from having the dog around - much as George does Lennie - and remembering the olden days, "the finest sheepdog". However, the other ranch workers don't understand this relationship. Carlson thinks that just because the dog is "old" and useless, it should be put out of its misery. Candy tries to protest to this, tries to make them understand how long they've been together and what the dog means to him, but none of the others understand. Even "Godlike" Slim agrees with Carlson, and Candy, with no other alternative, is forced to submit.
Curley's Wife In the early stages of the book, she is presented through the eyes of the other characters, in very unflattering terms like "tramp" and "bitch". Only innocent Lennie has a less negative response, "She's perty," for which George hastily reprimands her. George fears that she will get them into trouble and calls her "jailbait": Curley's wife is aware of the power of her attractiveness and aims to use it to her advantage: We might interpret this unflatteringly and as evidence of her promiscuous status, as she has no reason to be so dressed up on a ranch; equally, as the colour red represents both lust and danger, the latter being apt foreshadowing for later events in the story.