The last chapter of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men resolves the death of Curley’s wife through George’s humane killing of Lennie.
George’s action protects Lennie from Curley’s pursuing vengeance-most likely involving torture and leaves George to find a new life without his role as Lennie’s protector and surrogate father.
Steinbeck’s narrative reveals the insensitivity of George’s work mates with the notable exception of Slim. Indeed without Slim’s offer of friendship and his intelligent, yet instinctive understanding of George’s situation, the novel would close in a very lonely and even despairing way.
Yet Slim’s humanity gives George and the reader hope of a more equal and fertile friendship; a friendship that opens up the ending of the novel to new horizons and possibilities for both Slim and George.
This short video shows how just THREE quotations from the last stages of the novel, can provide you with a very detailed and helpful analysis of the novel and its searing issues about tolerance, friendship and hope.
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