This suggests that the dreams that men like them held during this period in America were hopeless.Curley and Carlson are both stock characters, characters that represent a recognizable type. Each is made a better human being as a result of giving himself to friendship. Many of the characters in the novel act out of self-interested malice. Indeed, Lennie seems incapable of developing, of changing or growing. He is a realist, not only about the world, but also about his own life. Slim understands Curley's fear of ridicule, and he uses that fear to help George and Lennie. Their failure to understand the danger that goes along with Lennie's obvious innocence results in the "bad things" that Lennie does. George also gives him advice and helps Lennie when overwhelming forces, like Curley , scare him. George senses in Slim a person of intelligence and empathy who will not be mean to Lennie, make fun of him, or take advantage of him. Steinbeck invites the reader to recall several additional associations in order to piece together the tragic resolution to come. Candy agrees to allow Carlson to shoot the dog. In Chapter 4 she accuses them of ignoring her if more than one of them is around, implying that each is open to talking to her if he is alone. Repetition of Lennie doing bad things one after another and increasing trouble from time to time represents the serious trouble, which Lennie might get in to very soon. Even his need for occasional female company is balanced by his concern about leaving Lennie unsupervised, so he does not regularly visit the whorehouses with the other bindlestiffs.
George must remind Lennie where they are going, and he is carrying both of their work tickets. This poem is about a mouse, whose home is ruined by a farmer ploughing a field. When George leaves, Candy scolds the corpse for being a "God damn tramp" The color red is frequently associated with violent passion and disorder.
It's quite a fitting structure for the death of a would-be actress.
When Carlson suggests killing Candy 's dog, Candy appeals to Slim as the final authority. As George and Lennie first appear, walking single file to the pool, George is leading, establishing his position in the hierarchy of this twosome.
Unfortunately, friendship does not create a force strong enough to ultimately restrain natural forces, and so friendship is vulnerable to inevitable loss. Like a dog who feels a mixture of fear and love for his master, Lennie is both fiercely loyal to George and terrified of upsetting his friend.
His dead Aunt Clara appears to him, chasing him and telling him that he always does bad things, that he never thinks about George and all the nice things George has done for him.
Hunderds of them. Again and again, Lennie's intrusion in the affairs of Curley and Curley's wife have been tinged with sex, and her offer to let Lennie touch her hair may be construed as a sexual advance.