Of Mice and Men – Chapter 5 quotes

give a summary of Chapter 4 -Lennie is sat with the puppy he killed upset that George will be angry with him-Curley’s wife comes in and talks to Lennie about her dreams and then invites Lennie to stroke her hair-he strokes in but then won’t stop and when she struggles, he grips on tighter-he won’t go and ends up breaking her neck and killing her-the men come back and plan to kill Lennie
-quotes on Lennie’s innocence -after killing the pup, ‘”Now i won’t get to tend the rabbits” He rocked himself back and forth in his sorrow’ -‘I like to pet nice things’-‘you’re a kinda nice fella. Jus’ like a big baby’
-quotes on Lennie hurting Curley’s wife -‘her body flopped like a fish’ (the same simile was used for Curley, the repetition emphasises his power’
-quotes on George and Lennie’s friendship -to curley’s wife, ‘George says i ‘aint to have nothing to do with you’-‘If George sees me talkin’ to you he’ll give me hell’ (parental friendship)-‘He ain’t gonna let me tend no rabbits’-‘We come from north so he would of went south’ (he lies to protect Lennie)
-quotes on the american dream and hope -Curleys wife – ‘Soon’s he got back to Hollywood he was gonna write to me about’ (She hoped of becoming an actress and is unhappy about her current life)-‘I’ll come back an’ work another month’ (now after knowing Lennie’s fate, the dream is over for he needed Lennie’s childlike drive to believe in it, he also needs Lennie to fulfil the dream)
-quotes on Curley’s wife -‘I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad’ (shows possession and lack of freedom she had)-‘I dont like Curley. He ain’t a nice fella’ (shows nature of marriage, it wasn’t the woman’s choice)-‘the ache for attention were all gone from her face’ -‘God d*mn trap’, ‘lousy tart’ (even after her death, she is discriminated and not respected)
-quotes which foreshadow events -‘Lennie’s fingers closed on her hair and hung on’ (situations like this have been told before like at Weed and to curley’s hand, shows something bad is about to happen)
-quotes on curley -‘I’ll kill the big son-of-a-b*tch myself’ (Curley drives on violence and revenge, his grief for the loss of his wife is not shown suggesting he is happy to have a reason to kill Lennie in revenge for breaking his hand)

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