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Of Mice and Men
Transcript of Of Mice and Men
The Jerk Line Skinner Slim Crooks is an African American stable-hand who is segregated and discriminated from the other men because of his race. He is not allowed to live or go inside the bunk house with all the other men so he lives in the barn with the ranch’s animals. Just like the other men though, Crooks expresses his feelings for being lonely to Lennie. All the men also want to own a piece of land, but Crooks, claiming that he has seen many men with the same “American Dream”, scornfully puts them down. When Lennie and Candy tell Crooks about being able to buy the plot of land within a month’s paycheck, he softens up and wants to become a part of Lennie, George, and Candy’s dream of owning and working on their farm. Crooks is also a proud man that is a descendent of landowners of a chicken ranch and not slaves. He got his name because of his crooked back that was kicked by a horse. Crooks Character Analysis: Lennie and George get run out of the barn because Lennie murdered Curley's wife. They end up in the same place the story opened only George is forced to end Lennie's life, thus forming a circular narrative. When Lennie is conversing with Curley's wife at her final moments, he states "'I like to pet nice things with my fingers, sof' things'"(Steinbeck 90). He is mentally disabled and is stuck in a childlike state trapped within his physically superior body. His young intellect forces him to have obsessions with soft things and adorable animals. Whenever Lennie feels an emotion it is always heightened to the extreme. If an animal or person would not like how Lennie acts toward them, then he would not react well. This flaw in his mental capability is responsible for the damage done to Curley's hand, the outcome of Curley's wife, the lives of countless animals, and inevitably the death of himself. Lennie is George's companion and he follows him blindly. "Lennie said miserably, 'George wun't
go away and leave me.
I know George wun't do that" (Steinbeck 73). "'But I get to tend 'em,'
Lennie broke in " (Steinbeck 75). "'I di'n't know you'd get killed so easy'"(Steinbeck 86). Lennie "'Lennie. You gonna be sick like you was last night'" (Steinbeck 3).
George worries about Lennie and tells him not to drink for it will make him sick. George doesn't want
to carry around Lennie with him
because he'll have to always
pay attention to Lennie, but George
cares about Lennie and wants to make sure he doesn't get sick or injured. "'I was jus' foolin', Lennie.' Cause I want you to stay with me'" (Steinbeck 13).
George tells Lennie this when Lennie feels that George doesn't want him to stay. George thinks that Lennie is his responsibility and always have to be taking care of him even though Lennie doesn't know anything that is going on around him. George is a small and quick
minded character who is
of his surroundings. He
plays a father-like
figure and takes
care of Lennie like a
son, telling him what and
what not to do. Lennie and
George try to achieve their
own american dream. George Curley's Wife Character Analysis Slim is a tall, respectable man who works on the farm with George, Lennie and many other workers. He wears a Stetson hat, blue jeans and a short denim jacket, as do some of the other people. His hair is long, damp and black, all of which compliment his powerful stature. His authority is another remarkable trait that is greatly admired in Slim. His advice is sought for and utilized by everyone willing to make the time to listen to his wise words. Curley's wife is a woman who is very flirtatious and lonely. She is flirtatious only because she seeks attention from the boys. She is the only woman on the farm, and is very excluded because of it. All the men view her as a threat of getting them fired. No one looks at things from her perspective, and because of that she will never get to live her dream of becoming an actor. Quote: " A show came through, an' I met one of the actors. He says I could go with that show. But my ol' lady wouldn't let me... If I'd went, I'd wouldn't be livin' like this, you bet" (Steinbeck 88). Analysis: This quote shows the dream of Curley's wife. She feels regretful that she did not go with the show. She feels like she deserves better, than to live on a farm where she gets no attention, which she is not use to. She is not pleased with her life and has a displeasure with her surroundings. Quote: "When I'm doin' my hair, sometimes I jus' sit and stroke it 'cause it's soft" (Steinbeck 90). Analysis: This is an example of her being flirtatious with Lennie, because she just wants attention. She is doing this to get attention, because no one gives it to her, and being flirtatious is the only way to get it.
The other workers are cautious when she is around because they view her as trouble, and nothing else. The only person that is allowed to give her attention is Curley, but they have not even been in a scene together throughout the book Summary: Most people view Curley's wife as nothing but a tramp, but if you look at things from her perspective you will find out she is just lonely. How How would you like it if your husband was never around and all the people you could talk to were men. Also the men won't have a conversation with you because they are scared. She is frustrated because she is othered by everybody on the farm just because she is a girl. Lennie has a mental disability which makes it a daunting task to remember simple things as his aunt, a certain rendezvous, or his own strength. Lennie is incredibly strong and versatile
but his childlike tenacity interferes with him acheiving his goal to one day live on his own property and tend rabbits. Crooks forced Lennie to realize how
dependent he is to George. He needs him and cannot adapt with his guidance. Lennie has been constantly compared to an animal throughout the story but in this passage he almost resembles a pet. Lennie constantly fixates on his dream to "live off the fatta the lan'" and tend rabbits. The American Dream is common for all migrant workers but he goes about his dream in an extremely childish way. Continuously bringing it up and bragging, he embodies his innerchild
throughout the story. Lennie is a sensless character who is unable to control his actions in the moment. Lennie can only offer hindsight and retrospect to his actions. He is an unusually powerful man who is unaware of his strength. He cannot think when he acts which causes drastically negative events. Quote Analysis Crook does not know the difference between someone accepting him, and someone excluding him, because he has been "othered" by society. Crooks is aware that he is separated because of the color of his skin. Crooks is just lonely and wants to have a friend, but he believes no one is trustworthy and they are just trying to hurt him. Since Crooks is lonely, he is delighted to see others lonely and others misery. Quote "'He's a nice fella,' said Slim, 'Guy don't need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus' works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain't hardly ever a nice fella'"(Steinbeck 40). Analysis This quote is an example of many of Slims favored features. It shows the kindness he is renowned for and the intuition and sense of guidance he bestows upon others with his great advice. He barely met George at the time of this quote and to already be knowing what's best for him takes much skill that only he possesses. Slim likes George, and they grow to be pretty close friends.