The Significance of Slim in 'of Mice and Men

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The Significance of Slim in 'Of Mice and Men.' Slim lingers in the shadow of his overwhelming description throughout the novel. He serves as the fearless, decision maker when conflicts arises among workers and wins the confidence of George offering advice, comfort and quiet words of wisdom. Slim has many functions in the novel. For example through Slim we find out information from George and influences our opinions in events, which take place in the book. Through Slim Steinbeck uses him to show the problems in society at that time. Slim is the ideal friend and brings the best out of people. Also some people, when compared to Slim's God-like individuality, appear to be more spiteful and wicked. Slim also keeps reminding the reader of Lennie's strength but his incapability of controlling in. The main attitude towards Slim throughout the novel from the rest of the men at the ranch is of respect. He is authoritative in any subject, talented and competent. When Slim first enters the bunkhouse he is described as "He moved with a majesty only achieved by royalty." His mere manner makes him seem almost like a king. When Slim talks to George he comments that he does not know why men do not travel together. He insightfully wonders, "Maybe everybody in the whole damned world is scared of each other." Slim sees the problem with society that one trusts each other. It shows Slim as a sort of true king with power of knowledge and understanding but being trapped in the society all the same. When George and Lennie arrive together at the bunkhouse people think it is strange for men to travel together. This shows that society is use to people travelling alone. So through Slim, Steinbeck uses him as a way of criticising society. With all of Slim's God-like features it is hard for us to understand why he is there at the ranch. Slim is probably there due to the fact of the 'Great
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