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Of Mice and Men

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Lennie and the Cats

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Lennie breathed hard. "You jus' let 'em try to get the rabbits. I'll break their God damn necks. I'll... I'll smash 'em with a stick." He subsided, grumbling to himself, threatening the future cats which might dare to disturb the future rabbits.

What is the significance of the above statement by Lennie when George tells Lennie he'll have to make sure their cats don't get the rabbits?

A

This develops Lennie's character as a violent man who isn't as unaware of the consequences of his actions as previously indicated.

B

This, just like Carlson's choice to shoot Candy's dog, shows how violent these men's society is.

C

This highlights Lennie's irrational and, therefore, dangerous side, which contrasts Steinbeck's consistent portrayal of Lennie as a childish victim in this chapter.

D

It is the first time readers actually see Lennie lose control versus just hearing about it, which further foreshadows his future actions.

E

Answers B, C, and D are all correct.