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Of Mice And Men Slim Analysis

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Transcript of Of Mice And Men Slim Analysis

Slim is the jerkline skinner (lead mule-team driver) at the ranch. He is referred to as "the prince of the ranch".
Representation of Slim
Slim as a Narrative Device
Slim as the Voice of Justice
Slim in Of Mice and Men
Respect Towards Slim
He has a quiet dignity and doesn't need to stress himself to be heard. "All talk stopped when he spoke." (pg 56)
Slim's Masculinity
The Main Purpose of Slim
Slim is "the prince of the ranch" (pg 55) as he has great skill "capable of driving ten, sixteen, even twenty mules with a single line to the leaders". (pg 55/56)
Ismah and Zakiya
Other men on the ranch look up to him e.g. "Slim's opinions were law" (pg 72)
However, he never tries to be manly. "Slim don't need to wear no high heeled boots" (pg 50)
His word is as good as gold and everyone trusts what he says to be right. "His word was taken on any subject" (pg 56)
He is an excellent judge of character. "I can tell a mean guy from a mile off."
Slim's opinions are unbiased so it seems suitable for him to be the arbiter of justice.
Slim makes good decisions, his views are more advanced. "I drowned four of them right off" (pg 58)
His character represents light and hope: “Slim reached up over the card-table and turned on the tin-shaded electric light. Instantly the table was bright with light, and the cone of the shade threw its brightness straight downward, leaving the corners of the bunkhouse still in dusk.” (pg 64)
Slim has a lot of power on the ranch which permits him to make fair decisions.
Slim is a good listener . "Slim neither encouraged or discouraged him. He just sat back quiet and receptive." (pg 65)
Slim's narration is neutral.
Steinbeck gets his opinions across using Slim. "Maybe ever'body in the whole damned world is scared of each other" (pg 57)
His position on the ranch is higher than the boss's son, Curley as even he listens to him. "'I won't tell,' said Curley." (pg 93)
He creates harmony between all the ranch workers.
He is important in the play as he is there at every crucial juncture in the play.
To get Steinbeck's veiws across avout how life was like at that time during the Great Depression as he has "understanding beyond thought". (pg 56)
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