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In Of Mice and Men, who is the fat old woman and why does she speak in Lennie's voice?
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In Chapter Six, after Lennie has inadvertently killed Curley's wife, he retreats the the green pool of the Salinas River where the novel began. Lennie is thinking about how he has let George down again. Having been scolded by George each time he's made a mistake, Lennie remembers his Aunt Clara who helped to raise him and he imagines her scolding him just the same as George would. Lennie begins to consider living in the cave if George wants nothing more to do with him, and this is when he hallucinates about Aunt Clara, the "little fat old woman," as he imagines seeing her in front of him. Feeling guilty about letting George down, Lennie (in Aunt Clara's voice) starts to scold himself:
And when she spoke, it was in Lennie's voice. "I tol' you an' tol' you," she said. "I tol' you, 'Min' George because he's such a nice fella an' good to you.' But you don't never take no care. You do bad things."
Lennie answers her, in his own voice, and proceeds to have a conversation with himself: as Aunt Clara and himself. This is Aunt Clara's voice and influence but it is really Lennie criticizing himself.
Posted by amarang9 on October 31, 2013 at 12:36 AM (Answer #1)
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