Of Mice and Men Task 3: Passage Analysis

Posted: April 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

Passage: (Page 60~61)

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George put out his hand and grabbed Slim. “Wait a minute,” he shouted. He cupped his hands around his mouth and yelled, “Get ‘im, Lennie!”

Lennie took his hands away from his face and looked about for George, and Curley slashed at his eyes. The big face was covered with blood. George yelled again, “I said get him.”

Curley’s fist was swinging when Lennie reached for it. The next minute Curley was flopping like a fish on a line, and his closed fist was lost in Lennie’s big hand. George ran down the room. “Leggo of him, Lennie. Let go.”

But Lennie watched in terror the flopping little man whom he held. Blood ran down Lennie’s face, one of his eyes was cut and closed. George slapped him in the face again and again, and still Lennie held on to the closed fist. Curley was white and shrunken by now, and his struggling had become weak. He stood crying, his fist lost in Lennie’s paw.

George shouted over and over. “Leggo his hand, Lennie. Leggo. Slim, come help me while the guy got any hand left.”

Suddenly Lennie let go his hold. He crouched cowering against the wall.

“You tol’ me to, George,” he said miserably.

Curley sat down on the floor, looking in wonder at his crushed hand. Slim and Carlson bent over him. Then Slim straightened up and regarded Lennie with horror. “We got to get him in to a doctor,” he said. “Looks to me like ever’ bone in his han’ is bust.”

“I didn’t wanta,” Lennie cried. “I didn’t wanta hurt him.”

Slim said, “Carlson, you get the candy wagon hitched up. We’ll take ‘um into Soledad an’ get ‘um fixed up.” Carlson hurried out. Slim turned to the whimpering Lennie. “It ain’t your fault,” he said. “This punk sure had it comin’ to him. But—Jesus! He ain’t hardly got no han’ left.” Slim hurried out, and in a moment returned with a tin cup of water. He held it to Curley’s lips.

George said, “Slim, will we get canned now? We need the stake. Will Curley’s old man can us now?”

Slim smiled wryly. He knelt down beside Curley. “You got your senses in hand enough to listen?” he asked. Curley nodded. “Well, then listen,” Slim went on. “I think you got your han’ caught in a machine. If you don’t tell nobody what happened, we ain’t going to. But you jus’ tell an’ try to get this guy canned and we’ll tell ever’body, an’ then will you get the laugh.”

“I won’t tell,” said Curley. He avoided looking at Lennie.

Passage Analysis: 

In the passage from page 60 to 61, John Steinbeck shows the human nature and the relationship among the people. More specifically, he shows the friendship and how George and Lennie are communicating with each other in a such impetuous situation, which develops and connects with the theme, “friendship” in “Friendship and support of survival.” Because John Steinbeck shows the relationship through the conversations, he is able to convey his message better to the readers, since showing is much more effective then to tell or explain. This passage shows the friendship by showing how George tells Lennie to hit Curley back and how Lennie listens to George. Because George cares about Lennie, he warns him to stop getting hit and protect himself as well. After that, Lennie grabs Curley’s hands with his massive power, which crushes his hands completely. Even though Lennie may have done this from his anger, I think he had done this because his best friend, George told him to. Moreover, Lennie may not have even done it if George told him not to hit him back because Lennie is mentally disabled and he might have listened to what his best friends has told him to. Lennie did not struggle because he was weak while he was getting hit continuously by Curley. It was because Lennie very weak mentally. Lennie can be a fearful person to many people, however, Lennie fears people first mentally. In addition, this passage can also develop and connect with the theme, “support” in “Friendship and support of survival,” since George is supporting Lennie with words and Lennie his supporting himself physically by listening to George. The passage connects with the theme through the characters, George, Lennie, Curley, Slim, and Carlson.

In this passage, like I mentioned in Task 2, there is alot of dialogue used to not only interest the readers, but also to see the actions that is happening in the situation. The dialogue help the readers to see the relationship between George and Lennie better because for example, in the passage Lennie said “You tol’ me to, George,” miserably. This is when Lennie feels miserable and regretful for causing such serious damage on Curley. Because he is mentally disabled and thinks like a young child, he is blaming on George for telling him to do it. However, Slim calms Lennie down by saying that it was not his fault at all.

The important part of friendship, especially, in this passage is that when Slim says, “If you don’t tell nobody what happened, we ain’t going to. But you jus’ tell an’ try to get this guy canned and we’ll tell ever’body, an’ then will you get the laugh,” it shows that Slim does not want Lennie to get in a big trouble. Moreover, Slim seems to show care towards George and Lennie although they have known very short period of time and they used to be strangers before this accident happened. The readers can feel that Curley is feeling an emotion of ‘horror’ toward Lennie after the incident where his hands got crushed. ‘Horror’ is developed and shown in this passage by a figurative language called, imagery. An example of an imagery used in this passage is when Curley’s face was described as bloody face, in which it is actually pointing out the feeling of horror and Curley’s bloody hands.

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