Of Mice and Men Chapter 5 Quotes

“Why do you got to get killed?’ … He picked up the pup and hurled it from him.’ The death of the puppy at the beginning of the chapter is part of the ESCALATING SCALE OF VIOLENCE which make the failure of the DREAM inevitable. It FORESHADOWS the death of Curley’s wife.
“I never get to talk to nobody. I get awful lonely.” Curley’s Wife is drawn to talk to Lennie because of her LONELINESS as a victim of PREJUDICE on the ranch. She will thus become a victim of VIOLENCE.
“I coulda made somethin’ of myself … He says he was gonna put me in the movies.” Curley’s wife has a DREAM of movie stardom, which would give her some POWER. However, the reader realises that the men who promised her stardom were only trying to exploit her.
‘her words tumbled out in a passion of communication … before her listener could be taken away’ This portrays her desperation to be heard and to feel wanted, so any attention she receives, she clings on to. “Tumbled out in a passion of communication”, reveals how obsessive she is about her dream and gushes over the hope she once had.
“I don’ like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella.” Curley’s wife is lonely because she is trapped in a marriage to a mean and abusive husband.
“I like to pet nice things with my fingers, sof’ things” Lennie’s desire to pet soft things got him in trouble with the girl in the red dress at Wed and will now lead him to kill Curley’s wife. The parallel between the events make his death and the failure of the dream seem inevitable as he is unable to control his strength and VIOLENCE.
‘And the meanness and the plannings and the discontent and the ache for attention were all gone from her face.’ In this image, we see the youth and beauty of Curley’s wife, as she appears in death. Her face holds no anger, no disappointment, and no ulterior motives. She just a girl who’s life has been taken too soon.
‘Now Candy spoke his greatest fear.’You an’ me can get that little place, can’t we, George?” His repetitive words hint to desperation and can allude to the fact that Candy is in fear of George’s coming response. It appears that Candy half-believes that George and himself are never going to get that piece of land that George and Lenny always talk of.
“You ******** tramp,’ he said viciously.’You done it, di’n’t you?’ Candy is devastated that he had a future and companionship within his grasp and lost it because of her.

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