''... and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags its paws''
-> Relation to 'bear' and lennies personality.
-> Contrast between connotation's of bear and lennies state of mind
"Slowly, like a terrier who doesn't want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again."
-> Another reference to Nature and animal imagery
-> Lennie feels undermined by George, but also looks up to him.
-> George shows a sense of leadership
'"Lennie covered his face with huge paws and bleated with terror."
-> Another relation to animal imagery
-> Bleated - connotations of a cowardly being which is contrasted in ''Huge Paws''
George and Lennies Relationship
"'Ain't many guys travel around together,' he mused. 'I don't know why. Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.'"
-> Being 'unscared' around each other, shows a closeness, not only through friendship but through love.
-> 'I dont know why' could relate to the under knowledge of Ranch workers, contextually.
"No, Lennie. I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's a thing I want ya to know."
-> George is honest around him, but only for the sake of lennie.
-> Although being pushed through alot, George has always stood by Lennie
The Concept of Dreams
"We could live offa the fatta the lan'."
-> The build up of Lennie's dream, leads to a greater tragedy at the end
-> Through lennie's dumbness, and dramatic irony, he never gets to see the life he wanted.
"'Well,' said George, 'we'll have a big vegetable patch and a rabbit hutch and chickens. And when it rains in the winter, we'll just say the hell with goin' to work, and we'll build up a fire in the stove and set around it an' listen to the rain comin' down on the roof...'"
-> The fact the dream is so drawn out, and the lengthyness of the ideas they want to persue, ensures the reader empathises with George, for the care and support he has given Lennie.
-> Making the dream, so big to both characters, again shows Lennie's state of mind.
-> Having something to look forward to is a play on dramatic irony, where Lennie is constantly looking forward the dream coming alive, and he never reaches this.
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