From a craft standpoint, though, I'm intrigued. Perhaps he was insane all along, not just retarded. The reason that George kept his head down ad saved his money was so he could achieve the dream of the ranch with Lennie. Instead of a place of sanctuary, the pool is now a place of death. George had to help him out because Lennie couldn't swim. Steinbeck was a controversial novelist because of his support for the underprivileged, and he had had experience of working on ranches. Suzy is in competition with Clara, a lady who runs a rival brothel.
Lennie finds a dead mouse somewhere along the road, and keeps it in his pocket to pet it. Crooks, the stable buck, peeks in soon after to call Slim away, so George is left talking to Whit, another ranch hand, who tells George about Susy's place where the men sometimes go for male entertainment. Then Lennie comes back and announces that Slim and Curley were discussing his wife in the barn, so Whit and Carlson think there might be a fight, so they leave. Analysis Steinbeck's careful control of setting in the novel is especially clear in this chapter, which finds us back at the beginning - at the brush near the Salinas River. She sums up her situation, admitting that she feels pathetic to want company so desperately that she is willing to talk to the likes of Crooks, Candy, and Lennie. Crooks tells him to go away, saying that if he, as a black man, is not allowed in the white quarters, then white men are not allowed in his.
As for the shift in perspective, I am not certain what the true purpose was. Racial discrimination is part of the microcosm Steinbeck describes in his story. Slim and George talk about Lennie, and George confesses some things to him. Also, exhaustion could have been a factor. As Lennie falls to the ground and becomes still, George tosses the gun away and sits down on the riverbank.
He acts as though it is perfectly natural. This portrays the simple nature of the bunkhouse and it's only purpose: housing the ranch hands. They sincerely believe in their dream. Thanks for starting such a great Steinbeck discussion. Found true friendship with George who had the character of a mouse and the brains of a man. Of Mice and Men deals with a range of characters who all have dreams.
I presume that the Depression must have influenced this novel. He quietly concurs that Lennie had Carlson's gun. Feeling weak and vulnerable himself, Crooks cruelly suggests that George might never return from town. He falters, realizing that soon he truly will be without Lennie. Having Lennie around was the same as taking a small child with him everywhere and hindered him in many ways. Internorth, a holding company in headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, purchased the Northern Natural Gas Company and reorganized it is 1979. What is the impetus for change? The power of John Steinbeck's writing is that he treats these issues in purely human terms.
We follow George through all the struggles that the time he lives in presents such as racism, sexism,loneliness and futility. It is an excellent story, with, of course, a tragic theme. It could also be argued that Curley is upset when his wife is killed, because she belonged to him. He is not the descendent of slaves, he tells Lennie, but of landowners. At the novel's end, a few haunting questions remain. In the end they are unable to help each other to escape their loneliness or to escape their own fate. Of Mice And Men is about 2 men who go and look for work during the great depression.
The Lennie dream also serves the purpose of setting the stage, so to speak, of showing the complete nulification of Lennie's overall dreams, since Lennie is moments away from being killed. Steinbeck vividly describes a large heron bending to snatch an unsuspecting snake out of the water, then waiting as another swims in its direction. This is saying that most of the guys in ranches are lonely because all they do is work and care for themselves. Candy had no other merciful options for his dog, and George sees no other options for Lennie. He has a separate a separate room from everyone else who works at the ranches. Now it is obvious that Lennie is a danger to society, even though innocent in the motivations for his actions.
In this chapter Lennie gets a puppy from Slim and spends every free second he has in the barn with it. I had him so long. Steinbeck is even careful to involve the same Luger in each killing. As Carlson and Curley watch Slim lead George away, Carlson says to Curley. Curley would be upset and humiliated at having to always looks for his wife, because the novel is set in a patriarchal society men are the dominant gender and he would expect his wife to obey him.
The sound of the shot brings the lynch party running to the clearing. I think we all had a strong idea of his mental ineptitude and childlike ideology. Look down across the river, like you can almost see the place. Steinbeck presents Lennie as a kind yet simplistic character. Carlson questions George, who lets them believe that he wrestled the gun from Lennie and shot him with it. George looked down at the gun. Also, as previously mentioned in this thread, I believe the delusions depict his guilty conscience.