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In Chapter 4 of Of Mice and Men, what characters do you like at this point in the...

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sarah001 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 21, 2010 at 10:02 AM via web

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In Chapter 4 of Of Mice and Men, what characters do you like at this point in the story? Why?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 21, 2010 at 10:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Candy's my guy in this chapter. We only see a few words from him here and there, but he is given the opportunity to shine as the guy who really knows the most among the guys, and he shows strength and authority even though he's generally a weak character. He tells Curley's wife that she better get going out of the bunkhouse or he is going to tell Curley. This shocks Curley's wife and gets her hustlin' out the door.

Candy orchestrates the agreed to lie, and he comforts Lennie. He gets to do just about everything a leader and whole person would do, he's just not quite whole.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 21, 2010 at 10:48 AM (Answer #2)

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"Up to this point," means through chapter four, so you can probably use anything from chapters 1-4, although you probably want to use mostly details from chapter four.

Chapter four takes place in Crooks' room.  You have Crooks, who appears sympathetic because of the prejudice and segregation he suffers from.  He is also sympathetic because of his reaction to the dream of owning their own place that he hears about from Lennie.

Lennie, of course, is also presented sympathetically.  He, one could say, is not smart enough to be influenced by society, so he talks to Crooks like an equal. 

Candy, too, is sympathetic.  He, too, has a marginal place in society and dreams of something better. 

All three of these characters are misfits, isolated in one way or another from society.  Any of them are characters that you could like.

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mrsboire | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 21, 2010 at 10:59 PM (Answer #3)

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I know it's simple, but I like George. George is the kind of guy who does the right thing. He takes care of his friends first and looks out for the little guy (Lennie in this case). He knows that he could probably have a better, if not easier, life if he weren't taking care of Lennie, but does it anyway - because that is what friends do. They look out for each other. George helps Lennie by reminding him of what to say and what not to say when they meet people, he retells Lennie the story of how life is going to be when they get a place of their own, and he defends Lennie when other people insult him.

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