Of Mice and Men Chapter Analysis

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OF MICE AND MEN Chapter 1 Setting the scene It describes the idyllic scene at the end of a hot day, the Gabilan Mountains and all the wildlife around the Salinas River (water snake, coyote, carp, dog, water snake, dove and heron). This is the same scene described at the end of the novel which could show that despite any drama in the lives of men nature continues. Quotes: “deep and green”, “golden foothill slopes”, “rabbits sat as quietly as little grey stones (unafraid), “for a moment the place was lifeless”, “path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches.” Introducing the characters Both George and Lennie are introduced walking in ‘single file’ and ‘one stayed behind the other’. They both wear the same thing and had the same…show more content…
He glanced ‘coldly’ at L & G which shows his hostility. “His arms gradually bent at the elbows and his hands closed into fists. He stiffened and went into a slight crouch. His glance was at once calculating and pugnacious” shows that he is not comfortable with the new men and is looking for a fight, and he is not a friendly man. Curley accuses them of being gay, and George lets him. He immediately gets angry at Lennie. George says Curley shouldn’t mess with Lennie because “Lennie don’t know no rules.” Candy says that Curley picks on big guys as he’s not big himself. Curley’s wife Curley’s wife enters by blocking off sunshine through the doorway causing the boys to look up, which shows she is a big presence. The fact that she causes darkness could show that she’s not a good person. She is described as being very made up “Rouged lips and widely spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her hair hung…like sausages.” It makes her seem over done and unattractive. Her shoes with red ostrich feathers are very exotic and bright and all the red makes her seem sexual. “Nasal brittle” voice. George tries to ignore and avoid her. George is worries she might get Lennie into trouble, and tells him to stay away from her. Lennie thinks she’s ‘purty’. Slim Slim is introduced however Steinbeck does not focus on his physical features, but instead his character suggesting that his character is worthy of a closer inspection. He is shown as being really special as it says “He moved with a
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