He was also known to sometimes find himself in sticky situations; the last of which being when he petted Curly’s wife’s hair a little too violently, but he never wished harm on anyone. I am just sorry no one else knew Lennie quite like I did to know he never did anything bad on purpose, he just did it because he didn’t know any better. I already told this next story to Slim, but for the rest of
Oh sure! I get you.” This makes the reader know that candy really loved his dog and everyone knew it so they feel bad for him. Steinbeck describes candy speaking “more confidently “ to George which insinuates that he is usually quite shy and closed off from the other men as they don’t value his opinions due to his age. This indicates to the readers that candy has probably felt degraded in the past due to experiences with other men. I think Steinbeck perhaps wanted the readers to feel some sympathy towards him, as they can tell he is a good natured person.
He later learns Lennie is a nice guy. Crooks isn't fond of the workers because they never invite him to play cards, because he's black and because they say he stinks. So Crooks assumes that since Lennie is a worker he's wants something from him, when in fact Lennie is only trying to see his puppy and later make a new friend. Crooks opinion of Lennie changes when they start talking. They start talking in a friendly manner and have a normal conversation.
George and Lennie represent the former group, for whom we can feel sympathy, while Curley is a character with whom it is hard to sympathize. The writer presents Lennie as large and strong, but mentally slow, while his guardian George is physically less capable but mentally much brighter. As soon as we hear that they are constantly having to travel the country for work, because of Lennie’s past mishaps, we feel sorry for them. We sympathize with Lennie, because what happened in Weed, for example, was not really his fault; and we feel sorry for George because he has to cope with the responsibility, if not the burden, of trying to find a way for them both to survive and to stay out of further trouble. Steinbeck invites the reader’s sympathy, in the scene where they camp overnight before going to the ranch.
After he apologizes to her for saying he didn’t like her husband Claude reflects on Mrs. Meitner. Claude says he didn’t hate her husband because he made Mrs. Meitner happy but he hated Hitler for taking away her happiness. This shows how empathetic Claude was at such a young age. Even though he did not completely want to give up on the idea of marrying Mrs. Meitner he wanted her to be happy and “let her go.” This shows how Claude has traits that no other kid had his age. By seeing past Claude Brown’s bad boy ways of robbing, drug use and thuggish persona you see very grown up attitude of a kid not even in high school.
Sin is a crime caused by wanting joy but Chillingworth is not like that. His actions are purely evil which is true sin. “ At first, his expression had been calm, meditative, scholar-like. Now, there was something ugly and evil in his face...” (Hawthorne 120.) “ Old Roger Chillingworth, throughout his life, he had been calm in temperament , kindly, though not of warm affections...but, as he proceeded, a terrible fascination, a kind of fierce...” ( Hawthorne 123.)
slimy = trying to get what you want by being over-friendly: "That man is so slimy – he makes me feel sick!" sly = doing things in a secretive way: "You never know what he's up to – he's sly and manipulative." spiteful = trying to hurt other people because you didn't get what you wanted: "If she doesn't get what she wants, she can be quite spiteful." T thoughtful = someone who thinks a lot: "He's a thoughtful person and won't do anything unless he has considered the consequences." thoughtless = not thinking about people or the consequences of your actions: "I'm sure he didn't mean to be rude – he can be thoughtless at times."
Lennie is George’s best and only true friend. They knew each other inside out, and even though sometimes they are upset with each other they still are like brothers. All throughout the book George and Lennie share this extravagant dream of the two of them owning their own small ranch where they could raise rabbits, chickens and cows. They would be their own boss and not have to work when they didn’t want to. They are going to live happily ever after, finally getting away from all the trouble and pain the great depression had caused them.