‘Slim stands out as a positive role model for those around him.’ To what extent do you agree with this statement?
Slim is considered the ‘prince of the ranch.’ He is strong, practical, skilful, fair and exceptionally good at his job. Slim is symbolic of the model of the hero, king or leader. He is a ‘god’ among the men on the ranch and his word on any subject is law. He decides who is wrong and right and is like the law on the ranch. The other men recognize his superiority and never question his actions or decisions, making Slim a constructive role-model for the men, except for Curley. Slim can’t influence Curley and is not a good role-model for him. For example, when Curley’s wife dies, Slim suggests Curley ‘stay with his wife’ but Curley is set on finding Lennie to kill him, ‘I’ll kill the big son-of-a-bitch myself. I’ll shoot ‘im in the guts’.
Slim has been working on the ranch for a long time and welcomes George and Lennie to the ranch warmly unlike Curley for example, who suddenly takes a dislike to Lennie because of his size, ‘Curley's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys. He's alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy.’ Slim is the only person who is kind to Crooks, whereas everyone else on the ranch is racist towards him. They give him the name ‘stable buck’ which is an offensive name normally given to a male animal. Slim is the only one allowed in Crooks’ room, so Crooks obviously likes him or at least accepts that Slim isn’t racist.
Slim isn’t the type of person to discriminate against people, even though 1930s California was a prejudiced time. George has to take Lennie with him where ever he goes because if he left Lennie by himself, he would most likely get locked up in a mental home and be dealt with cruelly just because he has a mental illness. Slim is the only one who understands George’s sympathy for Lennie and he doesn’t care about Lennie’s mental illness and treats Lennie the same...