2.) In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, many characters are conflicted with confrontations. A specific internal conflict was George vs. himself. George is a laborer also. He is smaller, tough, and has a quick temper. George is Lennie's role model and Lennie looks up to George with his life. Because, George has Lennie and Lennie has George. Here is the story; Lennie is petting Curley's wife's hair but starts to pet it vigorously. He isn't meaning any harm, Lennie wouldn't hurt a fly. She starts squirming and screaming, so Lennie tries to tame her avoiding getting into trouble. With the mind of an 8-year old and the strength of an ox, Lennie accidentally snaps her neck killing Curley's wife. As earlier stated, Lennie wouldn't hurt a fly, it was a mere accident. Also, George told Lennie that whenever he got into any trouble, to go hide in the brush. Lennie does just as his idol told him to and hid in the brush. Little did George know, Curley's wife was dead. When George found out, Curley subsequently found out too. Either Lennie would rot in jail with a bunch of scum or Curley would torture every last sense in Lennie. George ultimately had to find Lennie and decide what to do. Before it was too late, George found Lennie in the brush where he had told him to go. He knew the first two options weren't practical and running away wasn't an option anymore, especially if it was manslaughter. This was very hard for George to decide, but there had to be another option, and there was. The last option seemed insane, but it was logical. George chooses to shoot Lennie in the back of the head. It is quick, painless and it saves Lennie all of the suffering. The internal choice George made developed the story because it shows that true friends will do anything to keep you safe. Lastly, some decisions are excruciating to make.
Of Mice and Men is a fantastic novel that shows how hard it was in the times of the Great Depression. The difference between Lennie and George compared to the migrant workers is that they had each other. In the novel, it shows how George takes care of Lennie who has a mental disability. Most of the migrant workers wanted to achieve the success of the American Dream that was different for every American. Lennie and George too wanted to the euphoria of achieving their American Dream. Lennie and George’s dream was to own a ranch and live off ... Read more →
Slim: The tall, jerkline skinner whom Steinbeck describes as something of a living legend: "he moved with a majesty only achieved 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. He was capable of killing a fly on the wheeler's butt with a bull whip without touching the mule. There was gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke. . His hatchet face was ageless. He might have been thirty-fice or fifty. HIs ear heard more than was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought" (37). Slim lingers in the shadow of his overwhelming description throughout the novel. He serves as the fearless, decision-maker when conflicts arise among the workers and wins the confidence of George, offering advice, comfort, and quiet words of wisdom.