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George talks about Lennie being annoying, however he says that `you get used to goin' around with a guy,' suggesting that George loves
him regardless of all the trouble Lennie causes. (p67)
George confirms that Lennie tends to get into trouble a lot and in the past because Lennie is `so God damn dumb.' (p67)
Slim talks about Lennie saying, `he ain't mean,' even though he was just told what happened in Weed; he understands the way Lennie is.
(p68)
Slim says how Lennie is `jus' like a kid, ain't he.' This means that the others apart from George also notice Lennie's childlike behavior.
(p69)
When Carlson is nagging Candy to get rid of the dog because it stinks, `Candy rolled to the edge of his bunk,' the way he does this
suggests that he is scared of Carlson and may be bullied by him; Candy is unable to stick up for himself because he's older. (p70)
Carlson carries on nagging Candy to shoot his dog, saying `Why'n't you shoot him?' which means he is trying to tell Candy what to
do for his own selfish wants. (p71)
Candy attempts to stick up for himself when he says `No I couldn't do that,' talking about shooting his dog. (p71)
Carlson uses the idea that Candy `ain't bein' kind to him keepin' him alive,' though Carlson does not actually care about this and just
wants the dog dead out of selfishness. (p71)
`Candy looked helplessly at him, for Slim's opinions were law.' This suggests that Candy wanted Slim to put a stop to it because of his
power, which meant that the bunkhouse would therefore agree with him. Slim is also more powerful than Carlson. (p72)
After Candy agrees to have his dog shot after peer pressure from Carlson, there is an awkward atmosphere in the room which means
that `silence feel on the room' at every given point when people weren't talking to try and change the subject. The silence suggests they
are all waiting to hear the shot noise. ­ Tension (p75)
Candy `rolled slowly over and faced the wall.' His body language here suggests that he tries to have some privacy after his dog is shot,
but it's hard for bunkhouse men to have that because they all share a room. (p76)
One of the other bunkhouse men describes Curley's wife not `concealin' nothing' when she tries to flirt with the bunkhouse men, which
means she doesn't care if Curley finds out and about hiding it from him. (p78)
Slim's authority means that he still has authority over Curley too and Slim is the only person Curley sucks up to. We see this when he
says `Well, I didn't mean nothing, Slim.'(p89)
When Curley picks a fight on Lennie, he `looked helplessly at George,' because he doesn't know what to do, because he doesn't want
to get into any trouble. (p90)
When Curley is beating Lennie up, he cries out saying `Make `um let me alone, George,' suggesting he doesn't want to fight back
because he is a nice guy. (p91)
George is seen to have a sense of justice when he tells Lennie to `Get him,' when they are fighting. This shows George doesn't want to
see Lennie get hurt either, even if it means they get into trouble. (p91)
After Lennie hurts Curley, he says `I didn't wanta hurt him,' ­ Lennie doesn't know his own strength. (p92)
When Curley wakes up, Slim wants to keep Lennie and George out of trouble, so he tells Curley that he got his hand `caught in a
machine' and that if he doesn't tell anybody, they won't. Slim uses his power here to help. (p93)
Curley is embarrassed by the fact he lost the fight, so he won't tell but when he is awake, `he avoided looking at Lennie.' (p93)
ESSAY
In John Steinbeck's Novella of Mice and men he explores and brings up many issues that people would have faced in the 1930's and
living through the great depression, the setting that he portrays and introduces all his characters of the book is ideal as it shows what
life for people living in that decade had to experience and live like. The issue of sexism is a major theme that is explored throughout
Steinbeck's work on of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses Curley's wife who is the only women mentioned in the novella. Steinbeck uses
many ways to diminish the importance and role of Curley's wife. Steinbeck never gave Curley's wife a name which shows that she has no
belonging in society and has no identity or position of her own. Having Curley's wife on the ranch and having no position this
foreshadows how she will be treated in the rest of the story, it shows how women in the 1930s would have had no position in the
working world and how men were in charge and in possession of their wives. Steinbeck uses methods in the introduction to show how
women were treated and shows the reader the hardship that women went through in the 1930's. The situations of women's roles are far
from what the working world is like today, Curley's wife is never introduced by any other name throughout the novella she is always
called "Curley's wife" I personally feel that Steinbeck does this to show how insignificant she looks and how nobody cares and loves her
on the ranch. However when she meets George and Lennie herself she doesn't even introduce herself which shows how insignificant she
feels about herself and how society views her. The fact that all the other ranch members call her "Curley's wife" shows that Steinbeck has
done this to show how her husband is in command and possession of her she is just like an object to all the other migrant workers; this
shows how other women in her situation would have been treated as well. Steinbeck doesn't just portray Curley's wife characteristics
but also her actions in every bit of detail. The men on the ranch are not interested in Curley's wife one little bit apart from
Lennie:"Lennie's eyes moved down over her body" this shows how much Lennie is in awe of her as he has no social skills and doesn't
realize what Curley's wife is like. "Full rouged lipstick and wide spaced eyes, heavily made up. Her hair hung in little rolled clusters, like
sausages" this shows how flirtatious and how much of an attention seeker she is towards the men.
They fell into a silence. They looked at one another, amazed. This thing they had never really believed in was coming true. (3.221)
Candy's money might make the dream farm a reality. It looks like maybe money is the difference between a dream and a plan--and we
also find out here that even Lennie never really believed in the dream. On some level, he also thought it was just a story.
"I seen hundreds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their
heads. Hundreds of them. They come, an' they quit an' go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head. An' never
a God damn one of 'em ever gets it." (4.62)

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Crooks is a little too happy to point out that George and Lennie aren't the first ones to have a dream: every itinerant ranch hand just
wants a little plot of land. Are George and Lennie going to make it good--or are they just going to "quit an' go on," like everyone else
[Crooks] hesitated. "... If you ... guys would want a hand to work for nothing--just his keep, why I'd come an' lend a hand.…read more

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He is honest with people he trusts. For example, he tells Slim that he used to play tricks on Lennie when they were young, but now feels guilty
about it as Lennie nearly drowned.
Lennie small
He is a big man, in contrast to his name. He has limited intelligence, so he relies on George to look after him. He copies George in everything George
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Later that evening, George tells Slim about why he and Lennie travel together and more about what happened in Weed. The men talk about
Candy's ancient dog, which is tired and ill. Carlson shoots it, as an act of kindness. George tells Candy about their dream of getting a piece of land
and Candy eagerly offers to join them - he has capital, so they could make it happen almost immediately.…read more

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Priestley deliberately set his play in 1912 because the date represented an era when all was very different from the time he was writing. In 1912, rigid class and gender
boundaries seemed to ensure that nothing would change. Yet by 1945, most of those class and gender divisions had been breached. Priestley wanted to make the most of these
changes. Through this play, he encourages people to seize the opportunity the end of the war had given them to build a better, more caring society.…read more

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He is proud that he is likely to be knighted, as that would move him even higher in social circles. He claims the
party "is one of the happiest nights of my life." This is not only because Sheila will be happy, but because a merger with Crofts Limited will be
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He is a man in his fifties, dressed in a plain darkish suit. He speaks
carefully, weightily, and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking." He works
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There are subtle hints that not is all as it seems. For example, early on we wonder whether the happy atmosphere is slightly forced. Sheila
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