English

Section 1 Study Questions

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Comprehension

The novel takes place “a few miles south of Soledad,” (1) California, during the 1930’s.
 Lennie is described as a man who is “… small… with restless eyes… slender arms, a think and bony nose.”
George is described as a “… huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, and wide, sloping shoulders.”
Lennie is compared to “a horse.” (3)
I would compare George to a wolf because he is similar to a leader. George has to guide and take care of Lennie, who is very much like a young wolf.
George and Lennie ran out of Weed because Lennie held onto a girl’s dress and did not let go. By not letting go, the girl screamed and made people assume that Lennie is raping the girl.
Lennie speaking in incomplete English and not letting go the things he finds appealing makes him childlike.
George tells Lennie to hide “in the brush” (15) near the Salinas River, if he gets in trouble.

 

Interpretation

Steinbeck conveys Lennie’s animal-like qualities through his actions. For example, when Lennie was drinking water from the river, he was described as a person who “flung himself down and drank from the surface of the green pool; drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse.” (3)
Steinbeck describes the actions of Lennie’s hands, to show that Lennie isn’t bright and is childish.
George’s attitude towards Lennie in the first chapter can be described as caring and annoyed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
When Lennie gets his hands on a mouse, he always holds on to it. In the Weed, Lennie did not let go of the girl’s dress. From these actions, it shows that Lennie will not let go of anything that he finds appealing.
George’s dreams of owning a little house and a couple of farm animals.
Lennie constantly making childish choices, getting in trouble, and having to stay with George suggest that this dream is unrealistic.

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