a time line of the important events that happen in the book
Created by carleydep on Feb 2, 2011
Last updated: 02/15/11 at 12:03 AM
The setting of Chapter 6 is back at the river; the same river from Chapter 1. Lennie escaped there after the accident. George told him to return to the river if anything had happened and wait for him. So Lennie did. When he got there, it was late afternoon, and the sun was setting. The sycamore leaves were brown and dry.
George knows that Lennie accidentely killed Curley's wife, and he knows that Lennie has run off to the river. He now has to make a very important desicion. Does he deal with Lennie himself and flee their job again, or does he let the other men and Curley get to him and torture him before they kill him? He knows either way that the men will find him, and he doesn't want to give up this job. So after stealing Carlson's shotgun, George decides to put the big guy out of his misery. If he lets the other men get him, it would be worse than dying for a man of Lennie's composure. George goes to find Lennie at the river. He tells him to relax, and that everything will be fine and that they will be able to ge ttheir own ranch and tend to rabbits. Remorsefully, George shoots Lennie in the head before he can even figure out what is going on. George was a hero, and it showed true love and friendship, what he did.
Lennie arrived at the riverbank flustered and scared, waiting for George to come find him, just as he was intructed to do. Given his mental state, he was very confused and began to hallucinate. First, he saw his Aunt Clara, the woman who took care of him before George. She spoke to him in Lennie's voice. She told him that all George had ever done for him was be nice, kind, and care for him. He constantly is thinking about the best for Lennie, watching out for him, and making decisions based on the best for Lennie, says Clara. She also says that all Lennie has done is casue trouble for George. He gets in trouble and does bad things. Aunt Clara scolds him, and disppears disappointed. Next Lennie hallucinates a rabbit; a rabbit that he and George planned on owning and caring for on their own ranch. It tells Lennie that he isnot fit to tend to rabbits. He teases him that he would forget about them and let them go hungry. The rabbit says that George is going to beat Lennie, and that he will never let him take care of any animals. This makes Lennie very upset and worried, and even more scared.
At the beginning of chapter 5, we find Lennie in the barn. Slim gave him one of his new puppies. Lennie loves the puppy and lies to stroke it. Unfortunately, Lennie "over-loved" the puppy, and accidently killed it. He is very scared that George will not let him tend to the rabbits when they have thier own place because of what hes done and decides not to tell George. Lennie is very upset. The puppy dying is an example of foreshadowing.
Lonely again, Curley's wife wanders into the bar. She finds Lennie sitting on e gournd, and sees the dead puppy next to him. She acknowledges that Lennie isupset and sits down to comfort him. THy get talking about how much he loved to stroke the pupy, and about soft things that they like to touch. Curley's wife metnions how soft her hair is and lets Lennie touch it. When he won't let go, she starts screaming, yelling, and kicking. This makes Lennie flustered, scared, angry, and confused. He starts shaking her tot tr to make her stop. Not knowing his own strength, he shakes her so hard that her neck snapsand kills her. Lennie knows he has done something wrong, and gets scared once again. He decides to try to cover her in hay, when he hears George's voice.
Curley's wife is the wife of Curley, the boss' son. She is the only woman on the whole ranch. Before she married Curley, she wanted to be a star, and appear in commercials and performances. Unfortunatley, her dreams were crushed and she was forced to marry Curley. She told Lennie that she regrets all her desicions and doesn't really love Curley. There are rumors all voer the ranch that she has "the eye" and that she likes to flirt and tease the other ranch workers. Curley's wife is a lonely woman who is always being left behind and is feared by all the men, when really all she wants is to talk.
Crooks is the African-American stable buck on the ranch. He is a very lonely man because he is the only black man on the ranch in a time of prejudice. He is called "Crooks" because he has a very crooked back. Crooks is a smart, cunning man who believes in the fact that if he isn't allowed in the white men houses, then they are aren't allowed in his. This why he gets angry and cruel when Lennie comes in to visit.
Candy, Crooks and Lennie were not the only ones left behind that night. Curley's wife is also always being left out. She notices the other three men talking together, and decides to join them for company. She can't find Curley and asks them if they know. Lennie doesn't mind her company, but Candy and Crooks get very uptight about it. THey have heard the rumors about her and do not want to get in trouble. The two men try to get her to leave.
Most of the men have gone into town at the beginning of chapter four. Left behind, were Lennie, Candy, and Crooks. Lonely, Lennie walks around the ranch only to see a light on in Crooks' room, so he walks in to talk to him. At first Crooks does not like this, but then he eventually lightens up once they start coming. Candy joins them eventually. These three characters have in common the fact that they are different from the other men and are always being left behind.
Chapter 3 occurs in the bunkhouse. George is talking to Slim about where they came from while Carlson walks in. Candy also comes in with his very old dog, that Slim doesn't like. They have a discussion saying that the dog is useless and suffering and should be put out of its misery. Candy doesn't want to let go of the dog, but in the end, lets Carlson take the dog out and shoot him. Candy is very upset about losing his dog, but Slim reassures him that he can have own of his brand new puppies.
Curley is the son of the boss. He is a little man with tight, curly brown hair. He is pugnacious, jealous, and easily angered. He has a prejudice towards bigger, taller, and stronger men and like to picks fights with them. Curley is newly married and lives on the ranch.
At the end of chapter three, the second confrontation between Lennie and Curley occurs, this time though with a more dramatic ending. George warned Lennie the moment they met Curley to avoid him because he knew that it could become trouble. Curley walks into the room with Csrlson and another ranch worker. They were arguing and Lennie happened to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Curley went at him with rage, and like George instructed him to, Lennie did nothing. Curley started punching him in the face, so George gave him the go ahead to fight back. Eventuallly, Lennie was clasping one of Curley's hands in one of his own. He held it so tight, that it shattered and broke under the pressure. All of the men agreed not to tell anyone about the incident.
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