Then Lennie comes back and announces that Slim and Curley were discussing his wife in the barn, so Whit and Carlson think there might be a fight, so they leave. Everyone or nearly everyone is poor and scrambling around desperately for work, food, and money. Now, even a reasonable person would be furious with someone for killing his wife, so you can imagine Curley's reaction. His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love? Lennie passive-aggressively offers to go away and live in a cave so that George can have fun. As long and as hard as he wants.
He even offers to shoot the dog for Candy. This time the discrimination is based on race, and Crooks is not allowed in the bunkhouse with the white ranch hands, therefore he has his own place in the barn with the ranch animals, and he is treated as such. In section one, George directly points out that how important is the role of Lennie in his life. This ain't no good place. He's acting all weird, so we're pretty sure something bad is about to happen. I would describe Crooks as the most jealous character in the novella.
George admits that he lied about Lennie being his cousin. He runs off in a panic. When he leaves, Candy explains that Curley, who is short, hates big guys like Lennie out of jealousy. As they prepare to sleep, George reminds Lennie not to say a word during their interview with the boss the following day. As they talk, George realizes that Lennie is concealing something from him — a small dead mouse, kept in his pocket where he can easily pet it. Lennie, not realizing his own strength, hurts Curley's wife during one of these over-petting sessions, and when she screams out in pain and fear, he freaks out and accidentally breaks her neck in an attempt to quiet her down.
Steinbeck's attitude toward her, at least at this stage in the novel, is hardly sympathetic. The Corrupting Power of Women The portrayal of women in Of Mice and Men is limited and unflattering. Narration describes the arrival there of two men — the small, sharp-boned and sharp-tongued George, and the large, strong but dull-witted Lennie. Candy enters and finds Curley's wife's body. In my initial reading, this was the first time the book made me cry.
He has no notion of the darkness in the natural world, the competition and the cruelty. Curley, as a symbol of authority on the ranch and a champion boxer, makes this clear immediately by using his brutish strength and violent temper to intimidate the men and his wife. Their physical portrayal emphasizes both their similarities and their individuality. Along with Candy, Crooks is a character used by Steinbeck to show the effects of discrimination. Raise your hand if you think that sounds like a good idea. Each of these characters searches for a friend, someone to help them measure the world, as Crooks says.
Candy has no relatives and doesn't expect to live a great deal longer, so he would will his share of the property back to Lennie and George. George tells the boss that Lennie isn't bright, but that he's as strong as a bull and an incredibly hard worker. He fills his hat and puts it on his head, letting the water trickle merrily down his shoulders. When Lennie and George first come to the ranch, Slim is one of the first to give them a warm welcome. Crooks, jealous of Lennie having a friend to spend his life with, scares him and makes up the story of George leaving him.
As they get ready to eat and sleep for the night, Lennie asks George to repeat their dream of having their own ranch where Lennie will be able to tend rabbits. Analysis accomplishes a number of goals in the first chapter of his story. The book is a story of loyal friendship. Steinbeck set a lot of his novels in this part of California, to the point that some people refer to the region as Steinbeck country. Physical strength is not the only force that oppresses the men in the book. In this chapter Lennie gets a puppy from Slim and spends every free second he has in the barn with it. George is the brains behind this operation, while Lennie is, well, a few crayons short of a 164-colors box.
Lennie asks George to once again describe the little farm that he knows about that they someday hope to own. It's hard not to feel bad for the guy because you know he doesn't actually mean anyone any harm. Near his bed George finds a can of insect poison, which leads him to think that his bunk is infected, but the old man reassures him, telling him that person who had the bed before was a meticulous blacksmith named Whitey who kept the insect killer around even though there were no insects to kill. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, we see Slim, although not a central character, of great importance to the story. Slim get it, but everyone else is confused about why George is upset. 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.
If the theme of friendship is not the main theme that author Steinbeck was going to convey then the end of story would not be like that. Though unusual for a novel, this approach is typical of plays and film, which helps explain why Of Mice and Men was easily adapted for the Broadway stage and as a Hollywood movie. The friendship between the two men has grown to include Candy who never really had a friend besides his dog and has found something worthy to spend the money on that he received as compensation for losing his hand. Make that a parent who swears a lot. She worries about him messing it up though, and as she wriggles to avoid a ruined hairdo, Lennie panics and, again accidentally, breaks her neck and kills her. Lennie offers to leave and go live in a cave, causing George to soften his complaint and tell Lennie perhaps they can get him a puppy that can withstand Lennie's petting.