English Literature: Of Mice and Men Analysis Chapter Six

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What does Lennie's return to the pre-arranged hiding place suggest?
That his destiny was already decided - George sensed that Lennie would need to come to this spot.
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How is the pool linked to death?
Lennie's dead mouse was here. A water snake is eaten by a heron. Lennie will be killed here,
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Where does Lennie return to?
The spot where George told him to hide if he got into trouble again.
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Talk about the repetition of Lennie drinking from the pool.
He's still like an animal but he's more cautious than he was before
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What is one of the last things Lennie does? What does this show?
Accidentally save the life of a water snake by disturbing a heron. This shows how fragile life is and how chance events can happen between life and death.
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What does Lennie know he has done?
"Bad things" and he tries to come to terms of what he's done.
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Which two characters does Lennie have visions of?
His Aunt Clara and a giant rabbit - he talks to both of them.
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Who do Aunt Clara and the giant rabbit represent? Explain.
Lennie's conscience - they are both talking in Lennie's voice. He's heard so many criticisms about his behaviour that now he's saying them to himself.
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What doesn't Lennie feel guilty about? On the other hand what does he feel guilty about?
Doesn't - killing Curley's wife. Does - letting George down and that he won't be able to tend to the rabbits.
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What does the fact that Lennie imagines talking to his Aunt Clara and a giant rabbit suggest?
That he is mentally unstable
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What does the rabbit reveal? What does it warn?
It reveals Lennie's fears for the future and warns Lennie about the mistakes he will make in the future - he will forget to tend to the rabbits.
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How is the giant rabbit's language similar to George's language? What does this suggest?
Calls him a "crazy *******"-George says same thing in chapter 2 after they meet Curley's wife-suggests rabbit represents Lennies greatest fear-that Georgell get fed up with him&leave him behind"He's gonna beat hell outta you an then go an leave you"
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What do the things that Aunt Clara and the rabbit say suggest?
That Lennie is beginning to understand that his actions have threatened his and George's dream
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Who arrives at the moment of Lennie's greatest need - as the rabbit is tormenting him?
George
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What does George use as a distraction? Why?
The dream so he can shoot Lennie from behind.
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Is this the first time in the novella dreams have been used as a distraction? Explain.
No - many characters use dreams to distract themselves from the awful reality of their lives at some point.
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What makes the whole execution much worse for George? How is this evident?
Lennie's happiness and childlike hope about the dream. George's eternal struggle is obvious - his "hand shook violently" - as he held the gun.
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Does George want to kill Lennie? Explain.
No, he's his friend and companion, and know that his life will have no meaning without Lennie - "I'll work my mouth an' I'll take my fifty bucks an' I'll stay all night in some lousy cat house"
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Why does George have to kill Lennie?
Because he has no option - Lennie will die anyway. He'll either be caught and tortured to death by Curley or he'll starve in the wilderness.
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How is Candy's Dog's killing different to Lennie's?
George won't let anyone else kill Lennie - he takes responsibility for killing Lennie because he cares about him.
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What is Curley's reaction to Lennie's death?
He's glad to see him dead - and goes straight over to examine the body and is impressed with George's shot - "Right in the back of the head"
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What is George's reaction to Lennie's death?
He is in shock over what has happened - he can barely speak
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What is Slim's reaction to Lennie's death?
He knows straight away what's really happened and comforts George.
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What is Carlson's reaction to Lennie's death?
He doesn't understand why George and Slim are so depressed - "Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin' them two guys?" Carlson has no dreams.
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What is significant about the last line in the novel?
It is fitting that a man with no dreams and hopes ends the novel. It's an indication of what George might become without Lennie
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Talk about the repetition of Lennie drinking from the pool.

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