What quotes show betrayal in Of Mice and Men?I have an essay about betrayal and we have to use Of Mice and Men, but I need help finding quotes of betrayal in that story and what were the quotes...

What quotes show betrayal in Of Mice and Men?

I have an essay about betrayal and we have to use Of Mice and Men, but I need help finding quotes of betrayal in that story and what were the quotes explaining.

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Betrayal as a theme starts early in the novel. In Chapter 1 the two men are conned into walking miles to the ranch by the lazy bus driver-

Kicks us out and says, ‘Jes’ a little stretch down the road.’ I bet it was more than four miles. Damn hot day.

George clarifies the last time he betrayed Lennie in Chapter 3:

One day a bunch of guys was standin’ around up on the Sacramento River. I was feelin’ pretty smart. I turns to Lennie and says ‘Jump in.’ An’ he jumps. Couldn’t swim a stroke. He damn near drowned before we could get him. An’ he was so damn nice to me for pullin’ him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in.

Curley’s wife was also betrayed, either by the man in the dance hall, or her overzealous mother:

 …he was in pitchers. Went to the Riverside Dance Palace with him. Says he was gonna put me in the movies. Says I was a natural.

Curley’s wife never received a latter from Hollywood, and married Curley, who she met at the same dance hall.

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