Lennie waits for George at the clearing by the pool
He sees a vision of his Aunt Clara who reprimands him
A vision of a giant rabbit tells Lennie that George will leave him
George arrives and confronts Lennie and shoots him in the head
Slim comfronts George and tells him he had no choice
This section is important because...
It brings the novella to a dramatic climax
it finishes back where the novella started
It introduces for the first and last time two fantasy vision
Shows Steinbecks brilliance at natural description
It shows the tragic but perhaps inevitable ending to Ge's and Lennies relationship
The section opens with a description reminiscent of the opening of the novella. In the opening there was a heron and a water snake. Now the heron kills the water snake preparing us for the death of Lennie.
Note the marvelous image of the sun blazing on the Gabilan mountains and the contrast with the shade of the pool. Here, as before, Steinbeck uses light in his descriptions. In addition, tiny wind waves, on the water remind us of the…