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What is an example of how an atmosphere of fear and suspicion is created in Of Mice And...

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Posted May 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM via iOS

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What is an example of how an atmosphere of fear and suspicion is created in Of Mice And Men

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM (Answer #1)

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An example of the atmosphere of fear and suspicion is George’s fear of what Lennie is going to do, and what kind of trouble he will get into.

George and Lennie live in constant fear, because George never knows what Lennie is going to do and Lennie is always getting into trouble. 

"Run us out, hell," said George disgustedly. "We run. They was lookin' for us, but they didn't catch us."  Lennie giggled happily. "I didn't forget that, you bet." (ch 1)

 They were run out of Weed because Lennie touched a girl’s dress.  Lennie does not know what he is doing is wrong, and often does harm when he does not intend to.  George worries about Lennie because he can't predict what he will do.

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