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OF MICE AND MEN
Chapter 1
Setting the scene
It describes the idyllic scene at the end of a hot day, the Gabilan Mountains and all the wildlife around
the Salinas River (water snake, coyote, carp, dog, water snake, dove and heron). This is the same
scene described at the…

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Chapter 2
In this chapter George and Lennie arrive at the ranch and all the other characters are introduced
including Candy ­ "Tall stoop-shouldered man", the boss, Curley, Curley's wife, Slim and Carlson.

The Bunkhouse
In the bunkhouse everyone has their own bed and small cupboard with a few possessions,…

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voice. George tries to ignore and avoid her. George is worries she might get Lennie into trouble, and
tells him to stay away from her. Lennie thinks she's `purty'.

Slim
Slim is introduced however Steinbeck does not focus on his physical features, but instead his
character suggesting that his character…

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Chapter 3
Set in the early evening and opens with a discussion between Slim and George. George reveals more
to Slim about him and Lennie. There are clues which foretell the outcome of the book.

George and Slim's conversation
George speaks `proudly' about Lennie when talking about how good at…

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her dodgy. "She got the eye going all the time on everybody...Seems she can't keep away from
guys." However some sympathy can be felt for Curley's wife as "It ain't no place for a girl" shows she
is not welcome in the ranch, where she has to stay. Whit is…

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When describing Crooks' harness room it describes his books and large spectacles, showing that he
reads and is smart unlike most ranchmen. It says his eyes "glitter with intensity" giving the impression
there is a depth to him, but he can't show it as he keeps his distance. This scene…

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Curley's wife enters...
Lennie first refuses to talk to her as George told him to, and she flirts slightly with him as she says
that he could break Curley's other hand if he gets tough. However you then sympathise with Curley's
wife as she says "I get awful lonely" and…

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foreshadows Lennie's death and shows that death is a part of nature. Lennie drinks from the river,
like at the start of the novel. He is proud he remembered to come to the brush, but scared George
will be mad at him.

Lennie's hallucinations
When Lennie imagines his Aunt Clara…

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