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by John Steinbeck

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Why doesn't Slim share in the other men's dreams in Of Mice and Men? Why doesn't Slim share in the other men's dreams in Of Mice and Men?

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Slim represents the owner class, the upper class of the book.  He does not consider himself on the level of his men.  He tries to separate himself from them, because they are beneath him.  He is in charge, and he wants power and money.  He wants to keep a separation between himself and his hands.

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Slim, the mule skinner, has a more permanent job; he is no bindle stiff.  That he is superior to the other men is evinced by how he stands in the doorway, but no one pushes past him; after being seated, he stands up "with dignity."   He has "God-like eyes" that see more than is visible, and he hears more than is bein said.  In fact, Slim has the right over life and death. He can decide who will get a pup from his dog; furthermore, it is Slim who gives the decree on Candy's dog's death. And, it is Slim who decrees that George "hadda do it" when he has shot Lennie .  So, while Slim understands George and the others'...

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