- George and Lennie -- Child parent relationship
- Lennie is described as an animal; "his big paw" , he snorts "like a horse", he behaves "like a terrier"
- STRENGTH - WILDNESS - LOYALTY
- "Beans and no ketchup - Alive but not living
- Contrasting and conflicting characters
- Hints of a dark and difficult past
- Two people braced for an uncertain future
DREAMS ... HINT WITH DEAD MICE
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- Character introductions
- George is ANXIOUS about the ranch
- He's SUSPICIOUS of Candy's warm welcome
- He's DEFENSIVE with the Boss's questioning
- He doesn't like Curley's AGGRESSIVE attitude
- Curley's wife is a "tramp" , "*********"
- Curley's wife = Tart
- Candy, Slim, Carlson, = Friendly
- The Boss = Power hungry
- Curley = Aggressive and imitates his dad.
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- George opens up to slim
- Carlson shoot's Candy's dog
- Candy join's "the dream"
- Curley and Lennie fight - Lennie crushes Curley's hand
- Tension and Conflict create atmosphere
DEAD MICE --- CURLEY
SLIM HAS ULTIMATE RESPECT
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- Lennie, Crooks and Candy share an optimistic moment and "the dream"
- The lowest people in the story are full of hope and can see a way out
- Curley's wife comes to cause trouble and she shows she superior to them
- The men return - Normality returns
- The scene ends with Crooks putting "liniment" on his back. The focus turns back to Pain and Work.
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- Lennie kills his dog
- Curley's wife spills her dreams and hopes and the harsh reality of what she has to live with
- Lennie kills Curley's wife , he breaks her neck
- Curley sends his men to kill Lennie
- George tells lennie the story about "the dream" and shoots Lennie in the back of the head.
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- Lennie dies in a place of death and destiny
- Destiny - where the aranged to meet, lennie saves teh life of a watersnake by disturbing a heron
- Death -- A heron eats a watersnake, lennie has previously killed mice here, lennie dies here
- He's killed like an animal unwanted
- The characters react differently to his death
Carson doesnt care , Curley thinks he killed him like a pompous prat , George and Slim are thoughtful
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