Of Mice and Men

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Lennie Scolds the Puppy


What is significant about the following statement?

And Lennie said softly to the puppy, "Why do you got to get killed? You ain't so little as mice. I didn't bounce you hard." He bent the pup's head up and looked in its face, and he said to it, "Now maybe George ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits, if he fin's out you got killed."

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This demonstrates how truly unaware he is of the consequences of his actions because he's upset with the puppy, as if it is the creature's fault for getting killed versus his own fault for playing too rough.


This shows that Lennie is a cold-blooded killer because he doesn't even care that he just killed a puppy. He's more worried about himself and the rabbits.


This indicates how oppressed Lennie is by George because he knows George will likely discipline him harshly for what he's done.


This is foreshadowing that George will not let Lennie tend the rabbits once they get their land.


This develops the theme about the importance of dreams because Lennie's focus on his dream keeps him from understanding the seriousness of the situation.