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Of Mice and Men A Comparison of Slim Curly and Crooks Slim Slim is the prince of the ranch pg 33 and a man held in the utmost view of respect When we are first introduced to this character he is described as a man whose authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject be it politics or love His face was ageless His ear heard more than was said to him and his slow speech had overtones not of thought but of understanding beyond thought pg 33 Past his optimal physical attributes tall and built Slim is the most caring man of the bunkhouse He welcomes George and Lennie into the group without hesitation and even gives Lennie a pup Along with his compassion he has an air of dignity and understanding as displayed during Georges recounting of the incident in Weed His indiscrimination of Lennie as well as Crooks shows he is a fair man who does what is right not what is best for him Slim is one of few men who would risk his own well-being in order to save another as he did when Lennie was under attack by Curly In all aspects Slim represents the connection between the proletariat and the aristocracy of America He is somewhat of a middleman for he could fit into either category and does not discriminate based upon status Curly Curly the bosss son is undoubtedly harboring many feeling of insignificance His small stature and status among the guys in the ranch obviously make him feel inferior as they would anyone The constant worry of his wifes fidelity as well as his insecurities about himself and his appearance haunt him throughout each day causing him to lash out and therefore be labeled as a punk by the other guys in the bunkhouse He has an advantage based upon his size though for it makes him more
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