John Steinbeck 's Of Mice And Men Essay example

1047 Words Feb 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Have you ever met a person that was just…so optimistic…so…cool? A person who could just take the world in and be easy about it all and everyone listened to him or her because what he or she had to say was just, you know, right? Well, in the world of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, there aren’t too many characters that are optimistic and not oppressed by the migrant lifestyle. In fact, there’s only one character who, throughout the whole book, is what you would call optimistic, and his name is Slim. Slim is the only major character to not be truly oppressed because he is optimistic and offers help to others.
Slim does not let the oppression of a migrant lifestyle stop him from being optimistic when he helps his friends during rough times on the ranch. With this in mind, Curley mistakenly observes Lennie fantasizing about his wife, leading him to pick a fight with Lennie. For fear that Lennie will be fired, Slim “smiles wryly” and then says to Curley, “‘If you don’t tell nobody what happened, we ain’t going to. But you jus’ try to get this guy canned and we’ll tell every’body’” (64). In other words, Slim believes that Curley is only trying to get Lennie in trouble to get him fired. To put it bluntly, Slim is implying that Curley has had other men fired for fighting with him or hitting on his wife in the past. Ultimately what is at stake is that Slim does not want George and Lennie to be oppressed by Curley and be forced to search for a new job so soon after arriving at the…

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