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How does Steinbeck use Slim to show ideas about power in Of Mice and Men?

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adeyemi123456 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM via web

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How does Steinbeck use Slim to show ideas about power in Of Mice and Men?

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cornert07 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM (Answer #1)

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Slim is the most respected person on the ranch. Steinbeck's descriptions of him suggest an idealised characterisation. He exerts a natural authority as a result of his strong moral sense. His opinions are valued by all of the ranchers and his pronouncement about Candy's dog, "he ain't no good to himself", seals its fate. In addition, his superior status is reinforced when Steinbeck attaches images of royalty to him through his use of divine imagery, for instance, "majesty" and "prince"

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