Of Mice and Men

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Male Relationship Theme


One of the major themes in Of Mice and Men is the idea that men who are close friends often form fraternal bonds with each other.

Which of the following excerpts from Chapter 2 contributes to the development of this theme?


Slim looked through George and beyond him. "Ain't many guys travel around together," he mused. "I don't know why. Maybe ever'body in the whole damn world is scared of each other."
"It's a lot nicer to go around with a guy you know," said George.


The old man sat down on another box. "Don't tell Curley I said none of this. He'd slough me.."
George grunted, "Maybe he's showin' off for his wife."
The swamper warmed to his gossip.... The old man was reassured. He had drawn a derogatory statement from George. He felt safe now, and he spoke more confidently.


"What kind of a guy is the boss?" George asked.
"Well, he's a pretty nice fella. Gets pretty mad sometimes, but he's pretty nice. Tell ya what- know what he done Christmas? Brang a gallon of whisky right in here and says, 'Drink hearty, boys. Christmas comes but once a year.'"


Lennie twisted with embarrassment. George said, "S'pose he don't want to talk?"
Curley lashed his body around. "By Christ, he's gotta talk when he's spoke to. What the hell are you gettin' into it for?"
"We travel together," said George coldly.
"Oh, so it's that way."
George was tense, and motionless. "Yeah, it's that way." Lennie was looking helplessly to George for instruction.


Answers A, B and D are correct.