In Of Mice and Men, what are significant quotes that explain or describe Slim?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you can find ten descriptions given how Steinbeck demonstrates a reverence for him.  Steinbeck holds a great deal of respect for Slim.  Consider his "god- like" eyes, and the manner in which his initial description captures the latter part of the second chapter.  The authority in which Slim carries himself is evident when Candy searches for anyone to help sustain the life of his dog.  The narration indicates that Candy, through his eyes, waits for Slim's judgment and when Slim doesn't give it, Candy relents to the dog being killed.  Slim is the authority figure and it is not surprising that the opening of chapter 3 features George speaking with him in a "confessional" type of description.  This is the kind of detail that convinces the reader that Slim holds a position of authority on the ranch, and assumes a role that is not to be doubted or questioned.  Another hint given as to how Steinbeck thinks of Slim is that he gives him the lines that render judgment on humanity.  It is slim that comes up with the idea that "Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other" and distilling the difference between "smart" and "nice" individuals.  I think that this type of lauding description through both speech and narration can be found throughout the novel.

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