Steinbeck uses animal imagery to describe Lennie, the larger man. Cite two examples of this type of imagery from the first few pages of the book.  

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The first time we meet Lennie, he is contrasted with George: George is "defined" with "restless eyes" and "strong features." Lennie, on the other hand is "shapeless of face." Unlike George's quickness, Lennie moves slowly, dragging his feet "the way a bear drags his paws."

Lennie's first action is to lie down next to a pond covered with green scum and drink. He drinks "with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse."

These images serve to establish Lennie as animalistic or subhuman. In the subsequent dialogue with George, it becomes clear that Lennie suffers some form of mental impairment. He has trouble remembering simple things (like where his work card is), or perhaps more accurately, the things Lennie thinks are important to remember (like the rabbits) are different than the things George thinks are important (like why they had to run away from the ranch in Weed).

Either way, Lennie's association with bears and horses suggests that, like them, he is a "dumb brute," a kind of...

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