Of Mice and Men Chapter 7 Essay
Lennie sits by the deep pool near the river, waiting for George.
He’s proud of himself for remembering this is the spot where he’s to wait. George is really the only thing on his mind right now. After getting harassed by a hallucination of his Aunt Clara and a rabbit, Lennie is thrilled to see George and begs him to give him hell, so that things can get back to normal. George is strangely not effusive even when Lennie tells him that he has done yet another bad thing.
When George refuses to give him hell, Lennie asks George to tell him the dream-farm story again, and about how the two of them are different than other guys. George takes out Carlson’s Luger and unsnaps the safety. As George tells the story, Lennie adds his usual eager interruptions and additions about tending rabbits and living off the fat of the land. George tells Lennie to look across the river while he narrates. Lennie then tells George he’d worried that George was angry at him. After hearing George promise he’s not mad, and he’s never been mad, Lennie goes back to the dream farm.
As George is readying his courage, Lennie says, “Le’s do it now. Le’s get that place now. ”(106). George agrees they’ve got to do it now, and as Lennie continues to look over the bank, envisioning the farm, George puts a gun to the back of Lennie’s head and pulls the trigger.
Lennie lies still in the sand, without quivering, dead. The other men hear the shot and come running. They think that Lennie had Carlson’s gun and that George wrestled it away from him. George doesn’t correct them. Slim sees the situation for what it is.He comes over to George quietly and sits close to him, saying simply, “Never you mind…A guy got to sometimes. ”(107).
As the other men probe George for the nasty details, Slim intervenes. He tells George the two of them should go for a drink, and as he helps him up adds, “You hadda, George. I swear you hadda.
Come on with me. ”(107). The two leave. All in all I deduced that if there was a chapter 7 I am lead to believe that Slim and George will become good friends on the ranch, and that Lennie would haunt George.I induced that George and Slim are going to become very good friends, you could tell of this in the beginning of the book. When they finally make it to the ranch George finally meets someone who he can relate to.
Slim, like George, is young, hardworking and intelligent. George recognizes that Slim could help out both he and Lennie. In a setting where it has only been the two of them for so long, George sees a hopeful alliance in Slim. It is here where the friendship forms between both men.George, who has always done the thinking for both he and Lennie, finally recognizes someone who can provide much needed guidance in a setting where friends are few and adversarial threats are profuse third chapter, we see this need for guidance develop more when George openly “confesses” too Slim about the infraction that happened in Weed and the exact nature of the relationship between both him and Lennie. “Him and me was both born in Auburn. I knowed his Aunt Clara.
She took him when he was a baby and raised him. When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just came along with me out workin’.Got kinda used to each other after a while. ” (40). Although Slim is Crew Chief, they both form a rare friendship. Slim even understands Lenny beyond the stereotypes given to him, “He ain’t mean,” said Slim.
“I can see Lennie ain’t a bit mean. “(41). uched before the rope, hunched over almost questioningly, as though judging whether or not this was his best way out of the situation.
He was dirty and had not shaven; he had yet not bothered to change from his gloomy, threadbare work attire. His hair was greasy and unkempt, his facial hair was long and neglected and his face looked like it had not seen water for many days.His eyes seemed to have sunken in to his head, for they were carrying heavy bags, he resembled a man who had not slept for days on end. He was physically filthy, his hair, his clothes, his face even his fingernails were unclean. George reached for his lighter and suddenly Lennie appeared in front of him: “But George, Kimaru 3 you don’ smoke do ya? ” Questioned Lennie “I’m a grown man Lennie!I do wha’ I like! ” shouted George. Lennie’s voice still remained calm and inquisitive “But George, ma Aunt Clara said that smoking is the devils work, an’ tha’s bad George, you don’ wanna be no devil do ya? ” “Well maybe I do Lennie! Look a’ me,” Georges tone changed, his head fell in to his hands “I…
I mean I already killed ma bes’ friend, bet yo’ Aunt Clara didn’ say nothing’ ‘bout tha’ did she now, ya dumb bastard! ” “Yea’ George, ma Aunt Clara always tol’ me tha’ I gotta listen to wha’ yo’ sayin’” “Don’ yo’ get it Lennie, I killed yo’, don’ yo’ even car’ Lennie!?Yo’ bes’ friend jus’ put a bullet in yo’ head, don’ yo’ care? ” “Yeah, yeah I do, but George, if yo’ didn’ do it, it wouldda bee’ Curly an’ he had one of them big hurtin’ guns, at least yo’ did it quick George, betta tha’ bleedin’ ta death George. ” “Ain’t you gonna give me hell Lennie? ” “What yo’ mean George? ” “All my life all I ever done was shout at you an’ treat you like a animal, now I gone and killed yo’ don’t you wanna get back at me, don’ yo’ even care Lennie” “Not really” finished Lennie, then he disappeared again. “I swear, I swear it” repeated George I’m goin’ crazy, seein’ tha’ big bastard, I know if he weren’t in ma head, he’d be angry as hell. ” George smoked his cigarette then lay down and began to ponder, Suddenly Lennie reappeared and threw him across the barn, “Why ya haf ta go an’ kill me George? Why George! I thought I was yo bes’ friend” George roared “Be quiet Lennie, ya’ll wake the others up” whispered George Kimaru 3 “What are ya talkin’ bout ya dumbass, I ain’t really here, yo jus’ crazy as a bastard” shouted Lennie “P.Please leave me alone Lennie” Cried George “why shud I, yo’ never lef’ me alone, yo’ killed me, now yo gonna kill yo’self” “No, no! ” screamed George, tears running down his face “Oh yeah yo’ are George, ya already kill me, now yo jus’ go kill yo’self an’ go ta hell, wid dem devils ma’ Aunt Clara tol’ me about! ” “If I do it will you leave me alone? ” Questioned George “Yea’ why not” Laughed Lennie