Of Mice and Men Chapter 2 Quotes

‘Inside, the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted.’ The setting of the bunk house represents the deprived lives of the itinerant ranch workers who are exploited in Depression America. It is very basic and suggests imprisonment, with no windows of opportunity.
‘In three walls there were small, square windows, and in the fourth, a solid door with a wooden latch.’ The setting of the bunk house represents the deprived lives of the itinerant ranch workers who are exploited in Depression America. It is very basic and suggests imprisonment, with no windows of opportunity.
‘at his heels there walked a dragfooted sheepdog, gray of muzzle, with pale, blind old eyes.’ Candy’s dog is SYMBOLIC of Candy himself as when the dog is old ans has no use in this utilitarian lifestyle at the ranch, Carlson gets rid of the dog by shooting it. This is symbolic as Candy realises that when the ranch has no use for him anymore they could fire him and leave him out of work because of his age.
‘he wore high heeled boots and spurs to prove he was not a laboring man.’ The Boss dresses to show his POWER and AUTHORITY over workers.
“Say-what you sellin’?” The Boss is suspicious of George and Lennie’s friendship and doesn’t want to be fooled by anything that they may be up too.
“I had ‘im ever since he was a pup… he was the best damn sheep dog I ever seen.” In the LONELINESS VS COMPANIONSHIP DICHOTOMY, Candy’s old dog, which society does not value, is his only companion, in a SYMBOLIC PARALLEL to George and Lennie.
‘Like the boss, he wore high heeled boots’ Curley gets his POWER and AUTHORITY only from his position as the Boss’ son.
‘His arms gradually bent at the elbow and his hands closed into fists’ Curley shows the theme of VIOLENCE as his PARALANGUAGE is aggressive and shows his violent impulses.
‘Curley lashed his body around’ Curley shows the theme of VIOLENCE as his PARALANGUAGE is aggressive and shows his violent impulses.
‘His glace was at once calculating and pugnacious’ Curley is always looking to fight someone to prove his strength. He looks at George and Lennie ‘calculating’ whether or not he could beat them in a fight.
“Never did seem right to me.” Referring to how Curley always picks on people who are weaker than him or bigger than him so that if he loses the bigger person will be told to ‘pick on someone their own size’. Curley’s unfair fighting style is so that he will always win and thus look more manly infornt of everyone.
“I think Curley’s married … a tart” Candy expresses the PREJUDICE against Curley’s wife as the only woman on the ranch, which is a sexist society.
“What a tramp … she’s a rattrap” George uses DEROGATORY LANGUAGE to suggest sexist PREDJUDCE against Curley’s Wife.
‘the rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off.’ The presentation of Curley’s wife uses SYMBOLISM to FORESHADOW how she will be a catalyst for the failure of the dream ranch.
‘She had full, rouged lips … Her fingernails were red…re mules, … little bouquet of red ostrich feathers’ Her dress shows that she wants to call attention to herself because she is so lonely, and also because of her DREAMS, of Hollywood stardom. The COLOUR SYMBOLISM suggests danger;one the other hand, her eyes suggest an innocence which is underlined in the scene of her death.
‘She was suddenly apprehensive.’ Curley’s Wife isn’t looking for Curley but is using that excuse to be able to talk to the men. When she finds out that Curley went back to the house looking for her, she was ‘apprehensive’ as he would expect to find her at the house.
‘a majesty achieved only by royalty and master craftsmen … the prince of the ranch’ Slim conveys the theme of POWER and AUTHORITY. He contrasts to Curley as his power and authority is natural. He has them because of the skill he has in his Job, and is a natural leader who shows emotional intelligence and is secure enough in himself to show gentleness and kindness to others.
‘His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject’ Slim conveys the theme of POWER and AUTHORITY. He contrasts to Curley as his power and authority is natural. He has them because of the skill he has in his Job, and is a natural leader who shows emotional intelligence and is secure enough in himself to show gentleness and kindness to others.
‘His slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought.’ Slim conveys the theme of POWER and AUTHORITY. He contrasts to Curley as his power and authority is natural. He has them because of the skill he has in his Job, and is a natural leader who shows emotional intelligence and is secure enough in himself to show gentleness and kindness to others.

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