Animal Imagery Symbolism

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  • Created on: 24-03-16 11:35
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  • Animal Imagery
    • Lennie
      • Physical apperance
        • Hands
          • His hands are called "paws"
            • Indicates trouble he has done with them
          • It is his heavy handedness that causes the deaths of the mice, puppy and Curley’s wife.
      • Rabbits
        • His dream (he will get to tend them on the farm
        • They are soft things he likes to pet
        • Symbolize his realisation that he is in trouble; if Lennie does "a bad thing," George will not let him tend the rabbits
        • Rabbit vision to Lennie in last scene.
          • Imaginary rabbit tells Lennie that George will leave him
      • Bears
        • ‘He walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws’
          • Signify his size and strength.
            • ‘Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water’
        • ‘Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water’
    • Steinbeck chose these images because they connote particular traits:
      • Shame
      • Loyalty
      • Unleashed power
    • Helps the reader understand Lennie and why he often acts naturally.
    • Steinbeck uses lots of animal imagery in little places. Overall giving off the importance of each extended metaphor used
      • Portrays realism for the reader


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