The bunk house was a long rectangular building. (OMM #2)

Discuss Of Mice and Men through page 37 here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Also, don’t forget to annotate your text as you read and to write two or three discussion questions for class.  Remember, though, that a discussion question should not have an answer.  Rather, it should provoke interesting conversation.

OMM blog #2

33 thoughts on “The bunk house was a long rectangular building. (OMM #2)

  1. Rereading more of Of Mice and Men lent me some more insight into an idea I kept in mind before, which was the recurring motif and role of size and shape in the novella. The first thing that brought me to think about this was the description of Lennie and George in the beginning. Lennie is portrayed as a giant, towering man with rounded features with a childlike mind, while George is a small, thin man with sharp features and a strong personality. When they meet Carlson, he also points out that Lennie’s last name, “Small” does not suit him at all. In fact, he’s the opposite of small. Next, they meet Curley. Unlike Lennie, Curley is not a big guy. He constantly gets riled up when he sees other large men, which the swamper believes is attributed to his own size. He tries to provoke and gets angry at him, even though he didn’t do anything. Then, Carlson and Slim enter the scene, who are both quite tall and big as well. When they converse with George and Lennie, they have a calm, thoughtful way of speaking. Steinbeck may be trying to set up a relationship between size and personality. Both Curley and George are small, are short-tempered, sharp-witted, and are provoked easily. On the other hand, the larger characters are more at ease, placid, and calmer when they interact with others. Of course, there may be many other reasons for his implications of size that may be revealed later on when we reread.

    • Great job! Personally I don’t think size should have to do with how someone acts and in this book we see how the size of someone really doesn’t affect their “strength”, which I love. This idea is a continuation of appearance verse reality. However, the idea in which Lennie’s least name is Small and he is soft, I find kind of annoying and weird. Keep up the great work!

      • Agreed! We, small people, often get underestimated, but I do not think size affects actions and strength!

  2. In the novella, Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck,we see a lot of ideas and motifs being used to develop the storyline. While re-reading chapter 2, I noticed hands being used multiple time throughout the chapter. In this chapter, Lennie and George arrive at the new ranch and meet a guy named Candy. Candy is an old guy who is, as said in the text, “out of the sleeve came a round stick-like wrist, but no hand.” In other words, Candy only has one HAND. Here we see the hand as something that describes someone. Hands are very important to human beings. In Health class today we were playing would you rather and one of the questions was if you would rather lose a hand or leg. Many people moved to the side that said no legs. It’s almost as if our hands make us normal and the fact that Candy doesn’t have a hand is kinda hinting that maybe he isn’t so normal. The idea of making us look like everyone else and a hand is something that can describe us is one of the many ideas of what hands can do. As the chapter continues Candy talks about the bunkhouse and has a discussion with George about the previous person who slept in his bunk. In this conversation he said, “Used to wash his hands even after he ate.” Here the person’s hand is used to discuss how clean he is. I think that maybe the idea of washing his hands and being clean symbolizes something greater. Maybe it symbolizes if he was a good man just like how in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the text said, “where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” Anyways, George and Lennie then talk to the boss and Lennie is told not to talk. By not talking, they risk their job and George yells at Lennie and his reaction is, to, “stared hopelessly at his hands.” In this text his hands are used as a distraction and a way to avoid eye contact. After being yelled at, Lennie and George meet Curley and his wife. Curly gets angry at Lennie almost immediately even though he didn’t do anything wrong. The text says, “His arms gradually bent at the elbows and his hands closed into fists.” Here his hands are showing his anger. Throughout this whole chapter, we see hands being used for so many different things like representing the mood of someone, describing someone, and many other ways. I’m excited to pay close attention to all the different ways hands are being used. Some discussion questions I have are: Do all these different ways hands are being used have a connection, Why did John Steinbeck talk about hands and not feet, We use hands for so many things in our life, was Steinbeck trying to emphasise the different ways hand are used or was does the idea of hands not symbolize anything?

    • I enjoyed reading your blog. It is impressive how you noticed that Candy had only one hand. I actually didn’t know that until you pointed it out. I like how you mentioned the various uses of hands and that hands make us fit in with society. That thought brought me back to the conversation we had in class. Some of us talked about how hands and thumbs were what made us humans. Excellent analysis of the text and I liked the brief summary of the chapter you included in your blog.

  3. S’pose Curley jumps a big guy an’ licks him. Ever’body says what a game guy Curley is. And s’pose he does the same thing and gets licked. Then ever’body says the big guy oughtta pick somebody his own size, and maybe they gang up on the big guy. Never did seem right to me. Seems like Curley ain’t givin’ nobody a chance.”

    This passage is a notable quote from the second chapter of the novella “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. The text illustrates some of the unfairness in their society. If Curley starts fighting Lennie, Curley cannot lose. The activity of fighting is just unfairly biased towards Curley. In later chapters, we see Curley’s wife show her unjust power over Crooks. In this small novella, there are many examples of racism and prejudice against Crooks. Crooks isn’t even allowed to play cards with the other men as said in the following quote. “ They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black.” In a sense, Curley’s wife also lacks power. Her husband is super protective of her, and she is not even allowed to talk to other men. Society limits Crooks and Curley’s wife because of things they can’t control. Is John Steinbeck trying to make a statement against prejudice? Would some of the problems in the book be solved if there was no prejudice in the novella? Lennie is placed at a constant disadvantage because of his intelligence. George doesn’t even allow Lennie to speak during the interview for the fear that Lennie might ruin their chances of getting a job. Is Lennie another example of someone who unfairly lacks control because of something he or she is born with?

  4. After reading through page 37 of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the detail that really stuck out to me was the characterization of Slim. When we first meet Slim, he enters the bunkhouse where Lennie and George are currently located. Steinbeck says, “A tall man stood in the doorway. He held a crushed Stetson hat under his arm while he combed his long, black, damp hair straight back….There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke. His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject,” (page 33). Before this, Lennie and George were having a conversation, but the storyline seems to slow down as Slim enters. Steinbeck seems to be telling us that this is an important character. But why? Well, unlike many other people on the ranch (including, at times, George) Slim is nice and fair to Lennie. He gives him one of the newborn puppies. Slim is also empathetic and understanding towards George, who he knows is in a tough position, In fact, he is the first person to comfort George after he shoots Lennie. He says “ Never you mind…A guy got to sometimes.” (page 107). Slim is fair to everyone, no matter their background. I found this interesting because Slim is a parallel to Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. Much like George and Lennie, Scout and Jem are often fighting and misunderstanding each other. Slim, like Atticus, always steps in and listens to make sure they are fine. Another common thing is how they are both universally fair. For instance, Atticus takes on the case of Tom Robinson because he knows what is right. Slim chooses to go along with killing Lennie because in his mind he sees that as the only option. I keep finding this second read through very interesting and look forward to seeing more hints and parallels to other stories.

    • Two discussion questions I have after this reading are:

      Why does Slim choose to be so fair and honest? He doesn’t have to reach out to George or Lennie, but chooses to do so anyway.

      Will there be further parallels between characters (i.e. Atticus/Slim) throughout this novella?

  5. Up until page 37 of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, we are introduced to a very important and interesting character in Slim, among others. Upon George and Lennie’s arrival at the ranch, they meet several characters: Candy, Curley, Curley’s wife, and Slim. When Lennie and George reach the ranch they are greeted by Candy, who is a handyman that had lost his right hand. When the boss asks about their skills and previous employment, George speaks for Lennie to prevent him from revealing his lack of intelligence. When Lennie momentarily forgets George’s instructions and speaks, George becomes visibly nervous. Their behavior strikes the boss as suspicious, and he asks why George feels the need to take such good care of his companion. He wonders if George is taking advantage of a man who lacks the faculties to take care of himself. George replies that Lennie is his cousin and was kicked in the head by a horse when he was young, so George has to look out for him. Accompanying Candy is his old, and half blind sheepdog. Next, we are introduced to Curley, who is the boss’s son. He is an aggressive and malicious ex-boxer, who loves beating up big guys. After that, we get a glimpse of Curley’s wife, who is a pretty, heavily made-up woman. We only see a little bit of Curley’s wife, but from what Lennie saw he thought that she was “purty” and admired her. As a result, George immediately shuts down this admiration from Lennie by ordering him to stay away from “that bitch.” Last but not least, we the readers, are introduced to the one and only Slim. Slim is the skilled mule driver, and his talents make him one of the most important and respected men on the ranch. There is a certain feeling created by Slim and everyone stops talking and listens when he speaks. He converses with Lennie and George and is quietly impressed by their friendship, appreciating the fact that they look out for one another. He seems like the perfect character that doesn’t have any flaws, similar to Atticus Finch. As discussed in class, Atticus and Slim are both respected men that act as leaders and respects others. Overall, many new characters are introduced in this reading of Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck.

    Discussion Questions:
    What would a relationship of Lennie and Curley’s wife be like?
    How would the story be different if it was George with the disability and not Lennie?

  6. After rereading chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men, I want to talk about how the ranch and the people in it portray George and Lennie’s struggles. Once George and Lennie arrive at the bunkhouse, the difficulties of the lives they lead become apparent. There are few comforts in their quarters; the men sleep on rough burlap mattresses and do not own anything that cannot fit into an apple box. George’s fear that lice and roaches infest his bunk furthers the image of the struggles of such a life. This chapter also immediately and painfully establishes the cruel, predatory nature of the world. Carlson’s belief that Candy should replace his old dog with a healthy newborn puppy portrays a world in which the lives of the weak are considered unworthy of protection or preservation. The workers’ world has limited resources, and only the strongest will survive. As Slim, who voluntarily drowns four of his dog’s nine puppies, makes clear, there is little room or tolerance for the weak, especially when resources are limited. We know that throughout this novella, nearly all of the characters will confront this grim reality.

    • Great blog! I like how you compared the bunk house to the hard life that the people there led. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  7. Reading Of Mice and Men a second time, has opened many different things to my eye. Obviously, John Steinbeck writes this book as a realist. Two men, George and Lennie, live difficult lives, as they both dream of retiring and living on a big ranch. However, reality often interferes and life happens. Everyone in this book lives a miserable life. This is the opposite of the “American Dream.” Black men are isolated and not allowed to play cards and men in general live horribly. Also, when Curley’s wife calls Crooks a “n****er”, we see how Crooks is low and he is forced to obey Curley’s wife as she calls him derogatory terms. However, we also see how low Curley’s wife goes to make her feel better about herself. We don’t see much of her perspective on life until she talks to Lennie, but we really see how lifeless and how emotionless her life is. We don’t know much about her but Ms. Quinson told us that she was just a teenager. She isn’t even mature yet and is not aware of her decisions. She has no idea what she’s doing and she has very limited power. She is so lonely that she starts talking to Lennie. Loneliness is also another theme that plays into this novella. Loneliness is what triggered the death of Curley’s wife. Is John Steinbeck’s point of this novella to add a realist perspective of America?

  8. George and Lennie experience their first day on the ranch in this chapter. They meet a variety of different types of characters, and have to deal with each one in a different way. The most difficult person that the piar have to deal with is Curley. Curley is apparently known not to like big guys, and already does not like Lennie or George even when he does not know their names. The boss also has an eye on them due to George seeming suspicious when he does not let Lennie speak for himself. Curley is the boss’s son, so Lennie and George are in a bad spot even though they haven’t done any work yet. They also meet Candy, Carlson and Slim. These three are the nicer and less intimidating people who they meet, especially Slim. Slim is the leader on this ranch besides the boss. If anything happens, the first person that the others report to is him. Slim has a calm confidence and a stoic demeanor to him, which makes him easy to be around and someone who you can talk to. Slim is also feared, as he has many skills and can easy outsmart and outstrength most people on the ranch. An example of this is later in the novel, where Curley apologizes to Slim even though Curley stated that he would beat up Slim earlier. There is one more person who they meet, and that is Curley’s wife. She is a pretty girl, but is not only attracted to Curley and seems to want to get intimate with anybody who she can. She reveals some of her body to the new guys, and Lennie is especially transifixed on the girl. This is foreshadowing for an issue that Lennie runs into later in the novel.

  9. In rereading pages 17-37 of Of Mice and Men, we see the side of George that cares about Lennie. In the first part of the book, George is mean to Lennie, and it sounds as if he doesn’t care about him at all. In this part, George’s soft side towards Lennie is shown. When Curley threatens Lennie, George tells Lennie to stay away from him. “Look, Lennie! This here ain’t no setup. I’m scared. You gonna have trouble with that Curley guy. I seen that kind before. He was kinda feelin’ you out. He figures he’s got you scared and he’s gonna take a sock at you the first chance he gets.”(pg.29) George is being very protective of Lennie. Also, when Curley’s wife leaves the bunk house, George warns Lennie to stay away from her, too. Although he may be mean and rude to Lennie sometimes, deep down, George truly cares about him. This reminds me of the common older sibling and younger sibling relationship. Although the siblings are mean to each other, make fun of each other, play tricks on each other, and overall act like the other is useless, they care about each other. It appears that they don’t, but deep deep down, the two care for each other. Another thing that I noticed was that even if it might not be important, all of the men have Stetson hats. Slim, the boss, George, and Lennie all have Stetson hats. That might have just been a popular hat to wear back then, but that was just one thing that popped out at me.

  10. In this chapter that we re-read, what really stood out to me was the n word. It was used multiple times, and that is why it really surprised me. We briefly talked about this in class, and I think it is worth to write about. The N word is a very bad word, and it is usually used as an insult. It seemed really weird to me that the word was used so casually, like it didn’t mean anything. It was used as a name, or a casual word to call somebody. However, the word is usually used as a word to hurt someone and as an insult. I just found it interesting that a word can mean two different things, and I’ve never really seen the word used as a non-hateful way.
    In this chapter, we also see George’s control over Lennie. He is so afraid that Lennie would mess something up that he does not let him speak at all. “‘Let the big guy talk.’ Lennie twisted with embarrassment. George said, ‘S’pose he don’t want to talk?’ (page 25) What does that say about their relationship? Does George not trust Lennie? Or is George protecting Lennie? I think it can go either way. George is not letting Lennie speak for himself, he does not trust that he will do the right thing and make the right decisions. It is true that Lennie has a disability and is most likely to make mistakes, but George might be holding Lennie back from learning to behave. If George trusted Lennie, Lennie might have had the chance to actually learn to behave and do the right thing, George controlling everything is not going to give Lennie the opportunity to “heal”. On the other hand, George is protecting Lennie. George knows that Lennie will not make the right decisions, so he speaks for him. He does not want to risk losing their jobs, and does not want the boss and Curley to think that Lennie is a bad worker, because he is an amazing worker. He is protecting Lennie from doing the wrong things, like killing a women. If George was with Lennie, he would not have killed Curley’s wife.

    What affect does the N word make?
    Is George good for Lennie?

  11. In my blog, I would like to add to Noys idea about hands. In chapter two Candy is introduced with no hand. Throughout the book we see how Candy loves his dog. Although dogs are nice, they aren’t like humans. They don’t give us the same feeling of being loved. When I reread this, I thought about how Candy doesn’t have a “right hand man”. He is also missing a hand. As I am rereading the hands in this book is a reoccurring motif.

    • I like how you chose to add onto your blog after reading what someone else said and expanding on your thinking, great job!

  12. Reading up to page 32, we are reintroduced to Lennie and George. Lennie is described as a big, burly man, while childlike in mind. It is rather disappointing at first sight to have Lennie and George straight out. What we usually find at this level of literature is the author showing us the character through actions and thoughts, instead of a paragraph of description. So, I began to think if there was perhaps more to the introduction, some reason that it is a paragraph saying ‘this man is such’. While there was no such previously discussed motif, what I did find was potential foreshadowing, and possible symbolism. On the fist page, when Lennie is yet unnamed, he has a half of a paragraph of an introduction. It reads: “and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws.”(Chapter 1 page 1). This momentarily struck me as interesting. It brings up a very important motif of animals, and how people relate to them. When Lennie is described as a bear, it made me think of how bears are violent, and how Lennie ultimately does kill Curly’s wife. What’s more is that bears are often hunted, and that also made me think of how Lennie was shot at the very end. I will definitely keep an eye out for any more mentions of a bear in this rereading.

  13. In chapter two of Of Mice and Men, we are introduced to most of the other characters and we read about the bunkhouse and where they will work. In this chapter they meet their new boss and in order to make the boss trust them and give them a job, George tells Lennie not to speak so that he doesn’t mess anything up with the boss. In a way, this plan backfires because George had the intention of this helping their cause and getting the boss to like them, if Lennie didn’t talk but because he doesn’t talk, the boss becomes suspicious of them. Due to the fact that George answers for him non stop even though Lennie is perfectly capable of answer (we just don’t know if what he says will be ok) the boss begins to wonder if George is taking advantage of Lennie. So, George lies and says that they are cousins and that when they were younger Lennie got kicked in the head as a kid and that is why he can’t answer and why he isn’t too bright. This part of the story made me wonder if George had ever thought of trying to use Lennie to get himself more money because Lennie wouldn’t notice. Throughout this entire novella, I have thought of George as having a good heart but maybe he wasn’t always. What if there were times that he got so tired of Lennie that he jipped him, what could have happened behind what we knew. George and Lennie seem to respect each other so I don’t think that George would have pulled something like this on Lennie but if he did it would have completely changed the entirety of the book and how we feel about these characters and their personalities.

    • This is an intresting idea Ryan. I feel like in all books there is that “what if” idea when it comes to the past that wan’t described. I always find myself wishing for more backstory:) Great job!

  14. In my second reading of “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, I noticed the recurring actions of Lennie copying George. In the first chapter we saw Lennie copying how George was sitting by the river. Now we see Lennie copying George when they were setting up their beds, and him repeating what George says. I’m wondering why Steinbeck makes Lennie copy George so much. I think Steinbeck is trying to show how Lennie is childish. We also see him being childish when George wants to take away his mice. First of all, the fact that George has to take dead mice away from Lennie in the first place speaks for itself. When George goes to take away the mice Lennie tries to hide them from George both times. Being childish seems to be one of Lennie’s main character traits. It ends up being the reason he dies in many ways. The reason he ends up killing Curley’s wife in the first place id because of his childish qualities wanting to touch her hair. Then he grabbed her hair because it was soft, also childish of him, and then covers her mouth when she started to scream because he didn’t want George to be mad at him, still childish of him. More directly, George is able to get him to look away from him because Lennie’s childish mind is easily distracted. An interesting idea that i would like to discuss in class is, is Lennie’s childish mind a curse or a blessing? Having the childish mind gets Lennie to be able to be taken care of by George, and get opportunities that he wouldn’t have otherwise.
    But, it also makes him easily to manipulate and gets him into risky situations. I want to talk about this idea in class and hear what my classmates have to say about the idea.

  15. As I reread Of Mice and Men I noticed more than I did before. This time, I noticed descriptions of each character. When we enter the bunkhouse, the reader is introduced to the main set of characters that will be apart of the plot and story. Although some of these characters do not undergo any major development, they are used to contrast from the dynamic duo that is George and Lennie. For example, George is “small and quick and dark of face.” George also looks after Lennie, and teaches him obedience. Lennie is big and burly, and is described as having paws for hands. As we know, he has the mind of a child and is forgetful. He can only rely on George’s direction. The characters around them have distinct descriptions as well. Candy is missing a hand and to have white whiskers. Curley is little and thin. He is strong and cocky and a “mean little guy.” Curley has the glove on his hand full of vaseline for his wife, which is a dirty topic the men talk about behind Curley’s back. Crooks the stable buck is smart, and has a crooked back. He lives in solitude in the stable. Slim is respectful and respected. He is kind and talented at his job. Carlson has a large stomach and is powerful in his stature. Each of the characters represent different types of people in the world. I noticed Lennie’s behavior around these characters. Lennie followed George’s actions when they first met Candy, he absorbed everything George said to the boss and even spoke at one point. Lennie got in trouble for speaking. George went as far as to say that Lennie almost lost the job, and that Lennie should keep his mouth shut. George is obviously very distraught and exhausted with watching over Lennie. When Curley’s wife entered briefly, Lennie was in awe and thought that she was very pretty. Lennie was nervous around Curley. He seemed comfortable around Slim. George would also always tell the other men hat Lennie “ain’t so bright,” and everyone would accept it, including Lennie. However, the characters, respect Lennie because of his skill on the ranch. the characters in the novella have each of their own independent relationships, and that is what I’d like to especially pay attention to as I continue rereading.

  16. I want to write more on what Arjun was saying. Arjun said that the bunkhouse, and what was happening on the ranch portrayed Lennie and George’s struggles. I want to talk about how the people on the ranch portray Lennie and George’s struggles. Somethings I didn’t notice until my third time reading this, was how everyone in the bunkhouse has their own problems, but they can all, in a way be combined into Lennie and George. Candy is a prime example of this. candy has trouble giving up his dog, he doesn’t want to kill it, he raised it from a pup, and it was a good dog. but eventually, he let it pass on. This is very much like George. George, as much as he talks about getting rid of him, ,loves Lennie. He doesn’t actually want him gone, he just says that because he can. George protects Lennie, and when its time to say goodbye, it was very painful for George. But, just like Candy, George let Lennie pass on.

  17. While Rereading tonight, it came to my attention once again that Slim is described as a living god, “Like the others he wore blue jeans and a short denim jacket. When he had finished combing his hair he moved into the room, and he moved with a majesty achieved only by royalty and master craftsmen. He was a jerkline skinner, the prince of the ranch, capable of driving ten, sixteen, even twenty mules with a single line to the leaders… This was Slim, the jerkline skinner.”(Pg 33) Slim stands out from the rest of the workers on the ranch. Even wearing everyday clothes and speaking everyday phrases, he’s listened to. Because of this, he is the mediator and speaker for the workers. He’s godlike, watching over and protecting George and Lennie. He’s sensible and knows how to later use Curly’s social weaknesses to exploit him and protect the workers. Even though being the great protector and mediator of the ranch workers, he is not alienated from the rest of the ranch. He takes up conversation with George, and one might even consider them friends. After reading about slim, the term Guardian angel comes to mind, due to the powerful imagery used in his description.

  18. Whilst rereading pages 17-37 (chapter 2), I’ve once again noticed some other things about George and Lennie’s relationship. In the last chapter, we can see that George wholeheartedly cares for Lennie, and loves him like a little brother. But he refuses to admit, I think this is fueled by the fact that in those times, there was a great stigma against the mentally handicapped. I don’t think that George wants to admit that his only true friend is someone who has been wrongly ostracized, misunderstood and cast out from society. I understood why George might not want to seem like he is friends with Lennie to others, but why does he have to degrade Lennoe right to his face? Lennoe asks George why he said they were cousins, and George makes a comment about how if they were really relatives he would of shot himself in the head. I related this to the theme I see developing in the book of brotherhood. An older brother never wants to admit that they don’t hate you to their face, older siblings tend to give their younger siblings, “tough love”. George is a bit overzealous with his version of tough love, but nevertheless I think it explains his behavior. I think George wants to maintain power over Lennie so he doesn’t show him kindness, to keep himself as a dominant figure over Lennie.

  19. After rereading through chapter 2 we are introduced to the characters that work at the farm. These character are Candy Curly and Slim. One thing that already pops out to me is the use of the letter C on the names of background characters. Maybe it represents how they are common but the other character are special or maybe even something else. Slim also intrigued me during this chapter as well. First of all his name does not start with a C so clearly he has a major role in this book. But he is often described as a calming character unlike candy or Curly. He is different, but it is unclear how. Slim is shown also as a caring and sympathetic character. For example he gave Lennie a puppy. One question I have is what Slims true role in this book really is.

  20. In this chapter that we reread, quite a bit has happened. George and Lennie arrives, they learn a bit about the people there, and meet Curley and his wife. In this chapter, I saw a few recurring themes. I saw that status and fantasy v. reality has been shown quite a lot. Throughout the chapter, the words “bitch” and “nigger” was thrown out many times. In this book, “bitch” does not only mean a lady, but basically any female. It shows that during this time period and place, women were inferior to men, and since Curley’s wife is the only lady there, I bet she feels a bit inferior to everyone else. I feel like that might be a reason why she seems to treat Crooks so badly. She treats him that way not only because he is African-American, but possibly because he is the only one that makes her feel superior. In return, Crooks seems to have become defensive whenever approached. I have also noticed that this book is pretty realistic. Everyone in the book seems to have a flaw, which makes them human, which we talked about in class. Even their responses are realistic. When George tried to win over the boss, he thought of saying that Lennie was kicked in the head by a horse. It is a small detail, but only a few seconds ago was he told that the stable buck was hit by a horse in the back. George also replied with responses anyone under pressure may say. He kept saying that Lennie was excellent at working over and over. Everything in the book is realistic, except Lennie. Lennie seems to be stuck in his own fantasy. He lives in the real world, but he seems to refuse to live in it. He always dreams of a life where there a rabbits and that he and George had their own farm. I find this aspect of Lennie very interesting.

  21. In chapter two in Of Mice and Men, Lennie and George go to the ranch where they end up finding jobs. I thought that the theme of women was very prevalent in this portion of the novel. Curly tells George about Curley’s wife that flirts with all the men on the ranch. “ ‘Seems to me like he’s worse lately,’ said the swamper. ‘He got married a couple of weeks ago. Wife lives over in the boss’s house. Seems like Curley is cockier’n ever since he got married.’ George grunted, ‘Maybe he’s showin’ off for his wife.’ The swamper warmed to his gossip. ‘You seen that glove on his left hand?’ ‘Yeah. I seen it.’ ‘Well, that glove’s fulla vaseline.’ ‘Vaseline? What the hell for?’ ‘Well, I tell ya what- Curley says he’s keepin’ that hand soft for his wife.’” This shows that the men are almost scared to mess with this one girl on the farm. She has power in her relationship. She is obviously very broken like we have talked about in class before, so she will use every little smidge of power she has against the ranch men. However, Curley’s wife is the best thing he has, and will do anything to protect her. When she enters and the reader meets her for the first time, she has a face full of makeup and she moves in such a way that all the men’s eyes direct towards her. I think that Steinbeck didn’t give her a name because a name is a symbol of self-worth and ownership, which she doesn’t have. She doesn’t care that nobody calls her by her name, she just cares that she is getting some kind of attention. I am looking forward to reading more and looking for certain details about this ranch.

  22. While rereading chapter 2, I was further reminded of the likeness between the treatment of women in the 1930s and their treatment in today’s world. Curley’s wife was constantly told to shut her mouth and called a bitch or a tramp. Today, if a woman speaks her mind and is passionate about something, oftentimes people perceive her as a bitch and as overreacting. Furthermore, throughout the novel she is seen as nothing more than an annoyance, rather than a living person with feelings. The fact that we never even learn her name, and how she’s just referred to as “Curley’s wife,” showcases how little respect people had for her.

  23. After going through chapter 2 of OMM, there is more evidence supporting that George is unaware of the problems he creates for himself and Lennie. In my previous blog, I discussed that George planted an image of a perfect future for himself and Lennie. In this future, Lennie is allowed to take care of the rabbits on their farm. From this, Lennie gains an increased interest in taking care of animals.

    In chapter 2, we are introduced to the characters and atmosphere of the farm they will be working at. When Curly starts picking on Lennie, Georgie advises Lennie to avoid trouble. In conversation of what to do if Lennie gets in trouble, the following happens:

    “Lennie raised up on his elbow. His face contorted with thought. Then his eyes moved sadly to George’s face. ‘If I get in any trouble, you ain’t gonna let me tend the rabbits.”(pg.30)

    As if there wasn’t enough evidence already that George has embedded this perfect image in Lennie’s head. Without a doubt, George is the main reason behind Lennie’s interest in not only taking care of rabbits, but also in taking care of any small, furry animal. We can easily tell how much George’s promised land means to Lennie. However, it is clear George does not acknowledge that Lennie is obsessed with the perfect life that has been created. Had George realized his own mistake in getting Lennie’s hopes up so soon, perhaps he would have been able to restrain Lennie from trying to pet and nurture every animal.

  24. We can really see George manipulate Lennie with his story in these first two chapters. Lennie fell for the story that George had made. I believe that George is more invested in his story then Lennie. Lennie is very gullible, and even if he doesn’t understand , Lennie doesn’t deserve to be tricked like this. But, on the other hand, with a life like theirs, you would need to find some solace in a hopeful story. I would imagine that every person would have a dream if they had a life like George and Lennie’s. I really do feel sorry for them, and I believe that because of this we should appreciate the working class more.

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