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Of Mice and Men - Chapter Two - MOORE

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Skylar Stevens

on 11 January 2013

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men - Chapter Two - MOORE

A major part of chapter two in the book "Of Mice And Men" is when George and Lennie meet Slim for the first time. Slim has worked on the same ranch for quite some time which is rare because this time period consisted of a lot of transient workers. He is described as an incredible jerk line skinner. Slim is kind and accepting of the new workers. The other ranchers respect him and he carries alot of presence amongst them. Another major point in the second chapter of "Of Mice And Men" is when George and Lennie meet Curley. Curley is the boss' son. He is small in stature but quite egotistical. Upon Curley's departure, George warns Lennie to stay away from Curley because of the potential danger that may arise. Candy, explains to them that Curley picks on many different people. he is praised when he wins a fight, and then pitied when he is beaten. By John Steinbeck Chapter Two Another major point in the second chapter is when Slim's dog gave birth to nine puppies and drowned four puppies. Ever since chapter one Lennie has always wanted something he can pet. Every time he was given a mouse he would crush it because of his strength. When the time came, Lennie was given puppy and he was ecstatic about that. Carlson has been sick and tired about Slim's smelly old dog. He convinces Slim to take it outside and end its life. George and Lennie have their first conversation with Candy, swamper at the ranch house. He over hears George talking to Lennie about what a pain he is. Candy has an old sheep dog which he has taken care of for many years. As the dog ages, it becomes more of a pain to the other ranch workers. George attests of his hate for people who are nosy and Candy assures him that he is the opposite. Candy and George exchange words about the fellow ranch workers. By the end of their talk, George knows about many of the ranchers personalities and actions. Figurative Language "His hands, large and lean, were delicate in their action as those of a temple dancer." Page 34 (Simile)

"I can smell that that dog a mile away" Page 36

"At about ten o'clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar through one of the side windows, and in and out of the beam flies shot like rushing stars" Page 17-18

"No he ain't, but he's sure as hell of a good worker. Strong as a bull." Page 22
(Simile) One major point in chapter two of "Of Mice and Men" is when George and Lennie actually arrive at the ranch. The meet the boss who is skeptical of their situation at first. George makes up a lie and says that he and George are cousins and that they have traveled together since Lennie's aunt died. The boss believes them when he is told that Lennie is a hard worker. Another major point in chapter two of "Of Mice And Men" is when George and Lennie meet Slim. Slim is an amazing jerk line skinner who works at the ranch. Unlike most workers in this time period, Slim has worked at the same place for quite some time. He is a well-known figure throughout the ranch and he carries much presence in the bunk house. Slim is kind and accepting of George and Lennie and eventually gives Lennie one of his puppies. One story line that begins to develop is the
conflict between Lennie and Curley. The first conversation between Lennie and Curley depicts Curley's aggressive feelings toward Lennie. Curley is naturally bitter man and because of that, Lennie's stature just simply bothers Curley. The book also describes Curley as someone that is likely to pick a fight with someone he has differences with. It states "He's alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy." From the start the reader can already tell that a fight between the two is a possibility. One main theme in chapter two in "Of Mice and Men" is isolationism. The workers at the ranch often talk about how they travel alone. They are so used to the fact of doing so that they think it is funny how George and Lennie arrive at the ranch after traveling together as a team. The transient lifestyle that the workers have can make it to where they feel isolated and alone even when they are surrounded by other people. Another storyline that is in the second chapter is the relationship between Lennie and the puppies, the idea of a stronger animal he can pet harder gave him joy. George told Lennie he can have a puppy first thing he can because he kept killing the mice he picked up.
Eventually he acquired a pup, but with Lennie's force, he killed the pup with his bare hands. A motif is a recurring literary device that helps
the reader further understand the themes of the book. A motif in the book is the loneliness that
most of the charcaters feel. Lennie is neglected by most charcaters for his mental state and the way he talks and acts. Crook's and Curley's wife also feel A major point in chapter two in "Of Mice and Men" is when Lennie and George meet Candy for the first time. After his conversation with the boss, George catches Candy eavesdropping on their conversation and lets him know that he isn't a fan of nosey people. Candy and George become comrades after Candy tells him and warns him about all of the people on the ranch. One example of imagery in this chapter is when Lennie and George speak to many different people at the ranch. Each person gives them a different response and a different "lay of the land." The characters' different opinions represent different parts of the American society during the time of The Great Depression. Another symbolic method in the book is the repetition of the ranch workers asking Lennie and George about them traveling together. The fact that this question is asked so many times enhances the idea of the time period and not many people had others to rely on. Avery Dustin, Skylar Stevens, Justin Novicio, Tony Kim, Jeff Anderson
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