Steinbeck does this to symbolise that the inhabitants had to cope with the depressing reality of the effects of the Great Depression as they were living in it. He accepts that Candy's dog and Lennie have to die. Slim gives a puppy to Lennie and Candy, whose loyal, accomplished sheep dog was by fellow ranch-hand Carlson. Cliff Notes: On Steinbeck's Of Mice and men. The way Steinbeck represents Slim does shows him as never being domineering. Steinbeck wrote this book and in what is now. I worked alongside him for many weeks.
Slim represents a dying breed. In 1970 wrote an based on this novella. This foreshadows a murder later on in the book - the mouse and the person have died in the same way, and both deaths were equally inevitable. Structured in three acts of two chapters each, it is intended to be both a novella and a script for a play. There is also an exchange between Carlson and Slim, which emphasises the theme of sacrifice that Steinbeck develops through the novel.
This dream for land and for pure happiness was called the American Dream. His love for soft things conspires against him, mostly because he does not know his own strength, and eventually becomes his undoing. When we first meet Slim, John Steinbeck writes: He was a jerkline skinner, the prince of the ranch…. Me an' you'll go in an' get a drink. He understands the situation that George and Lennie are in, questions it at first but then accepts it. Noted stage actress played Curley's Wife in this production.
It has to be noted that it is not just the characters who look up to Slim and show his good character, it is also the narrator of the novel. Archived from on October 29, 2013. The next day, Lennie accidentally kills his puppy while stroking it. Two days later we find Lennie alone in a barn, with a puppy he had accidentally killed. Even Curley, the Boss' son and meanest character appears to be a little in awe of Slim.
He is often described as 'God-like' throughout the Novel. Curley picks a fight with Lennie, who does not fight back until George encourages him to, but when Lennie does, he crushes and mangles Curley's hand, which Curley plans to tell his father about to get Lennie fired. In the beginning of their journey, they come across some workmates at the Ranch they work at, located in Salinas Valley. The first instant that George demonstrated that he cared for Lennie was when he asked Lennie to give him the mouse he had pulled out of the river. George tells Slim that Lennie, in Weed, saw a girl in a red dress and because Lennie … likes to touch things he likes or soft things he touched the girl's dress. George steals Carlson's gun to shoot Lennie after Curley's wife is murdered. Though, Slim reminds us that for every Curly - unpleasant, rich and violent - there are decent, honourable characters and although the book could be seen as a sort or tragedy of American life, it ends with Slim comforting George after he kills Lenny: 'You hadda George.
This suggests to the readers that Slim is relaxed, not afraid and in a way rather complementary. Steinbeck subtly uses eye contact and animalistic imagery to show two things; how the characters contrast and how Curley develops throughout the novel, from a seemingly strong, arrogant person to one who is weak and unhappy. He then assures George that killing Lennie was not only just but also the only alternative he could have picked at that time. Slim is introduced slowly, which is different to the other characters; who the reader is mainly acquainted with very quickly. Curley's wife enters the barn and tries to speak to Lennie, admitting that she is lonely and how her dreams of becoming a movie star are crushed, revealing her personality.
The fourth part compares the way in which minor characters… going nowhere. Proud, bitter, and cynical, he is isolated from the other men because of the color of his skin. He is very jealous and protective of his wife and immediately develops a dislike toward Lennie. Obviously if he is being compared to a deity, he has a marked impression on the people he meets. After finding out about Lennie's habit, she offers to let him stroke her hair, but panics and begins to scream when she feels his strength. The men look up to him and see him on an elevated plain, like a god.
Whereas with the other characters the focalizer seems to be perceived from a distance, with Slim it shifts into the perspective of almost a best friend; and the narrator uses compelling emotion to describe him affectionately. But Slim has the power because he has been given while they have given it to themselves. You can't let a stranger kill your friends. Lenny got kicked out of Weed, a town because he touched a … girl's dress, and she told people he was trying to rape her, so they had to get out. First… 1721 Words 7 Pages In the book Of Mice and Men, the single women that appeared in the book resented herself as an object. Most of the men look up to him for guidance and approval example: the shooting of Candy … 's dog where Candy looks to Slim for help. He is sympathetic towards George for having to look after Lennie and is the only person that Curley directs any true respect.