Slim symbolises hope within the brutal
society as he is one of the few that
understands friendship and relationships
with other people.This is shown through his
interaction with George. Steinbeck uses the
description of Slim to make him appear like
he has a natural authority within the ranch
without violence showing that there is hope
for the future. He is Steinbecks mouth piece
fo.r a omniscient character
'Prince of the ranch'
was so great
his word would
be taken on
'I can tell a mean guy from a mile off'
'A guy got to sometimes'
'Maybe ever'body in the
whole damn world is
scared of eachother'
At the beginning of the
1930s more than 15
million people were
The stock market crash of October
29, 1929 provided a dramatic end to
an era of unprecedented, and
In 1929 millions of dollars was wiped out in an
event known as the wall street crash, This led to the
economic depression AKA the great depression that
included poverty and unemployment.
The troubles of the drought led to dead
harvests and dry land, this led to workers
moving in order to find jobs, and California was
known as ' the land of plenty' - This relates to
characters as ' why they just quit like any man
Theme of Friendship
Slim came directly to George and sat down
beside him, sat very close to him. "Never
you mind," said Slim. "A guy got to
Slim and George had a close relationship as this was the first
time George could be friends with an indervidual that can
comprehend what he was saying unlike Lennie. Tack on
another role for Slim: priest. He's essentially absolving
George of the sin of murder here, saying that it was the
right—i.e., the just—thing to do.
Theme of Justice
Slim sighed. "Well, I guess we
got to get him…"
Crushing a man's hand under extreme provocation
is one thing; killing a woman is another. Even Slim
admits that Lennie has to be brought to some sort
of justice—but not the justice that Curley wants,
because that's no justice at all.
I think that Slim
serves as a priest-
like character for
manner in which
describes Slim is
allows the reader
to see Slim the
same way that
George sees him.
Slim does flirt with Curley’s
wife, but not in a serious
way. He seems to be on to
her games. He is talented
Physically, he is tall and has
long, black hair and an
ageless face. He moves “with
a majesty achieved only by
royalty and master
Lennie symbolises the
weak and how society
had no time to
understand how to help
people like Lennie
Small. He is a child-like
figure which makes the
reader feel empathy for
him due to the tragic
end showing how the
toxic society led to
I was only foolin', George. I
don't want no ketchup. I
wouldn't eat no ketchup if it
was right here beside me."
"If it was here, you could
"If you don' want me I can g off in the
hills an' find a cave. I can go away any
Lennie cried out suddenly—"I don'
like this place, George. This ain't no
good place. I wanna get outa here."
Lennie stared helplessly at his hands.
"I forgot, George."
"I’d pet ‘em, and pretty soon they bit my
fingers and I pinched their heads a little and
then they was dead—because they was so
little. I wish’t we’d get the rabbits pretty
soon, George. They ain’t so little."
In the 1930’s, the mentally
disabled were seen as inferior to
regular people by society. Most
were put in asylums, institutions
that supposedly helped cure
mental illness, however these
asylums seemed to do the
Lennie is unaware of current events
such as The Great Depression and
therefore is not prepared for any
Theme of friendship
'Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest
guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong
no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and
then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the
first thing you know they're poundin' their tail on some
other ranch. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to."
It's hard out there for a ranchhand. Steinbeck seems to be
saying that the loneliness is even worse than the poverty: like
Lennie and George, you can bear a lot more if you have a
"I was only foolin', George. I don't
want no ketchup. I wouldn't eat no
ketchup if it was right here beside
me." "If it was here, you could have
some." "But I wouldn't eat none,
George. I'd leave it all for you. You
could cover your beans with it and I
wouldn't touch none of it."
Lennie may not be able to look out for George, but he does what he can for his
friend—like give him all the imaginary ketchup.
Theme of Innocence
Lennie cried out suddenly—"I don' like
this place, George. This ain't no good
place. I wanna get outa here."
Lennie may not be book-smart but he has a kind of
gut-instinct that makes him sensitive to bad vibes
on the ranch. Too bad George, who's a relative
genius compared to Lennie, doesn't listen.
Theirs is a symbiotic relationship. The two men
are forced together by common necessity rather than
genuine emotional attachment. Lennie, of course,
depends entirely upon his long-time comrade, and
the very thought of George abandoning him sends
the childlike giant into a state of panic. It is evident
from the start that Lennie could not possibly function
in the harsh world that they inhabit without George,
who holds his companion's work card and always
does the talking for him.
He only really meets Crooks once and after talking to each other for a bit, Crooks realises that Lennie
is not very smart and uses him to talk about things he wouldn't usually talk about because he
doesn't get company very often. He pretends that he does not really enjoy Lennie's presence
although he is actually very happy because he is the only person who does not treat him like a lower
person because he is black. Crooks does not exactly like Lennie but he enjoys the presence of being
able to talk to someone and the fact that hes very nice.