‘A silent head and beak lanced down’
The water snake is introduced in the first chapter and the fact it dies at the end of the novel showing the cyclical structure Steinbeck has created as the characters are metaphorically trapped in their current situation.
“Well he’s sick of you,’ said the rabbit.’
Throughout the length of the novel, one of the subject that remained constant was Lennie’s devotion to his dream of tending rabbits. His very aspiration comes to life before him to mock him for even aspiring to such a silly dream. This appears to be a statement from the author on the subject on the American Dream, as all it does here is turn around mock him.
‘She wore a huge gingham apron with pockets, and she was starched and clean.’
This may be a way for Lennie to cope with his situation and hope that George will forgive him. He portrays Aunt Clara as forgiving to potentially uplift his stress.
“Ain’t gonna be no more trouble. Nobody gonna hurt nor steal from ’em”
George tells Lennie about the dream ranch one last time to comfort him before he shoots him. Lennie still believes they can achieve the dream, but George knows that it was never really achievable. It now sounds like a fantasy of a perfect world, a kind of heaven, relating back to crooks’ point that ‘Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land.’
‘Lennie begged, Le’s do it now”
This shows dramatic irony as we the reader know of Georges intentions while Lennie is oblivious. Lennie is essentially encouraging George to take the shot that will kill him.
‘Slim said, ‘You hadda, George.”
Slim understands why George killed Lennie and how upset he is, but nobody else does.
“Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?”
Carlson’s last words suggest a society in which everyone is LONELY because there is no real understanding and COMPANIONSHIP.