QUOTE: “He walked heavily dragging his feet a little, way a bear drags his paws. His arms did not swing at his sides, but hung loosely” (Page 2)ANALYSIS: Lennie is being spoken about like an animal, specifically, like a violent bear, which Lennie acts sometimes like when he kills mice.QUOTE: “Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water and wiggled his fingers so the water aros in little splashes… Lennis watched them go.
“Look, George. Look what I done.” (Page 3)ANALYSIS: Again, Lennie doesn’t have hands, he has “paws”, like an animal. He’s fascinated with pretty basic things like just water rippling, which is an animal-like quality, too.QUOTE: “The little man jerked the brim of his hat and scowled over at Lennie. “So you forgot that awready, did you?..
. Jesus Christ. You’re a crazy bastard.” (Page 4) ANALYSIS: Already, George is getting kind of fed up with Lennie. I get the sense that George has been dealing and guiding Lennie for a while. Lennie needs someone to guide him and without George, who knows what he could or would do.
I do, now that I’ve read it. He kills Curley’s wife and this might’ve been foreshadowingQUOTE: “A mouse? A live mouse?” “Uh-uh. Jus’ a dead mouse, George. I didn’ kill it. Honest! I found it.
I found it dead.”ANALYSIS: This is kind of gross. I don’t think that most people could just pick up and pet a dead mouse without throwing up, but Lennie doesn’t think like most people, he thinks more like an animal than human. This could be foreshadowing again.
QUOTE: “Lennie – “George … I ain’t got none. I musta lost it.” He looked down at the ground in despair.
George – “You never had none, you crazy bastard. I got both of ’em here. Think I’d let you carry your own work card?” Lennie grinned with relief.
“ANALYSIS: George constantly looks out for and guides Lennie, but when he calls him a crazy bastard, it kind of seems like he might be getting a little sick of doing so. I wonder if George ever thinks he’d be better off without having to lead Lennie, but I think Lennie is a good friend to George, so I hope they stick together.QUOTE: “His huge companion dropped his blankets and flung himself down and drank from the surface of the green pool; drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse. The small man stepped nervously beside him.
(Page 2)ANALYSIS: AGAIN Lennie is being compared to another animal. This time it’s a horse. I don’t really think Lennie is much like a horse, but he definitely does have animal like qualities.
There’s got to be some reason why Seinbeck is constantly using animal-like language when talking about Lennie and this could be foreshadowing.THESIS: Steinbeck uses animal imagery in “Of Mice and Men” to describe how Lennie can be dangerous and powerful, and can, more so, needs to be trained to live in the human world.Journal #2 Chapter 3-4QUOTE: “Candy – “You seen what they done to my dog tonight? They says he wasn’t no good to himself nor nobody else.
When they call me here I wisht somebody’d shoot me. But they won’t do nothing like that. I won’t have no place to go, an’ I can’t get no more jobs.
“ANALYSIS: First off, this quote is super depressing. Candy’s just some old dude who wants to die without his dog. I think Steinbeck likes comparing humans to animals and vice versa.
Is it worse to make old men suffer or put them out like dogs?QUOTE: “Lennie covered up his face with huge paws and bleated with terror. He cried, “Make ‘um stop, George.”ANALYSIS: Yet again, more animal imagery, “Paws” is used to describe Lennie.
I didn’t know what bleated meant so I looked it up and apparently it means a lamb’s cry, so that’s even more animal imagery.QUOTE: “A shot sounded in the distance. The men looked quickly at the old man. Every head turned toward him. “For a moment he continued to stare at the ceiling. Then he slowly over and faced the wall and lay silent.
“ANALYSIS: Even though this act of violence is also an act of mercy, this scene, to me, is the saddest in the book next to Lennie’s death. It’s kind of messed up that Candy didn’t even kill his own dog and it almost forced to happen.QUOTE: “Lennie smiled helplessly in an attempt to make friends. Crooks said sharply, “You got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.” (Chapter 4, Page 7-8)ANALYSIS: It seems pretty nice having a bunk all to yourself until you realize that it’s just because your skin color is different and the others don’t want you.
Crooks has been on his own for so long that he doesn’t even want to make a friend.QUOTE: “Lennie smiled with his bruised mouth. “I didn’t want no trouble,” he said. He walked toward the door, but just before he came to it, he turned back.”George?””What do you want?””I can still tend the rabbits, George?””Sure. You ain’t done nothing wrong.
” “I didn’t mean no harm, George.”ANALYSIS: Lennie is so innocent it makes me kind of sad. He’s struggling to control his impulses, again showing parallels between him and an animal.QUOTE: “You go on get outta my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain’t wanted in my room.””Why ain’t you wanted?””Cause I’m black.
” (Chapter 4, Page 10-11)ANALYSIS: Lennie can’t understand racism or prejudice. To him, Crooks isn’t any different from anyone else. Everyone else is thinking in 1937 while Lennie is thinking like its 2017.
THESIS: In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses the interactions between Crooks and Lennie to point out the wrongs of racism and prejudice.Journal #3 Chapter 5-6QUOTE: “He was so little,” said Lennie. “I was just playin’ with him… an’ he made like he’s gonna bite me… an’ I made like I was gonna smack him… an’…
an’ I done it. An’ then he was dead.ANALYSIS: Its sort of scary how fast Lennie retaliates against a puppy. This could be foreshadowing, but Lennie is the only person that could snap a puppy’s neck and get away with it in my book.QUOTE: “Then-It’s all off?” Candy asked sulkily. George didn’t answer his question. George said, “I’ll work my mouth an’ I’ll take my fifty bucks an’ I’ll stay all night in some lousy cat house. Or I’ll set in some poolroom til ever’body goes home.
An’ then I’ll come back an’ work another month an’ I’ll have fifty bucks more.”ANALYSIS: I think this class talks a lot about the “American Dream” or something, so that’s what I’ll do. George hasn’t made very much progress at all towards his “American Dream”, but he doesn’t show any signs of giving up, either. He’s set on the dream and that’s admirable.QUOTE: “Slim sighed “Well I guess we got to get him.”ANALYSIS: This is sad.
Lennie and Slim were the two outcasts of the book, and now even slim is admitting that something needs to happen about Lennie.QUOTE: “And when they were gone, Candy squatted down in the hay and watched the face of Curley’s wife. “Poor bastard,” he said softly.”ANALYSIS: Okay, what. Candy is staring at a dead body right now, and he doesn’t say “Poor girl”, he says “Poor bastard”, referring to Lennie. I sort of get it, though.
Lennie was really innocent and Curley’s wife maybe should’ve been more cautious around him.QUOTE: “Lennie said, “George.” “Yeah?” “I done another bad thing.” “It don’t make no difference,”George said, and he fell silent again.”ANALYSIS: This is super depressing. Lennie knows that he messed up, but I don’t think he realizes to what extent.
He’s getting in the way of George’s goals and dreams. It may have been better that George killed Lennie before the town got to him, though.THESIS: Steinbeck uses events such as Lennie retaliating on mice and puppies to foreshadow Lennie killing Curley’s wife.