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Divergent: The Tangled Love (an interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none” quoted William Shakespeare. Love is what makes the world go around and only a few is actually worth it. However, in one of his plays, love is the one what actually made the paramour’s relationships entangled.

The video embedded below is a remix of the movie Divergent and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare. Throughout the Director’s Notebook, I worked with Elaine and Maggie. Elaine acted the character Caleb in the movie Divergent which was interpreted by the character Demetrius in the play. Maggie acted Jeanine interpreted by Helena, and I acted out both Four and Tris, which are character Lysander and Hermia from the play. The Interesting thing about this film is that the mocking of the original movie Divergent is taken to another level where the lovers are all messed up, which the story line itself is humorous and absurd but the acting is mostly serious. Like the content of the play, Four and Caleb loves Jeanine, the villain from the original movie, and Tris left alone which used to be in love with four. For Caleb, there is a part when Jeanine says “And Caleb, you are just so messed up!”. This reveals the entwined love of his since he used to love his sister, Tris then now loves Jeanine, a leader of his Erudite fraction. By creating such entangled love relationships within the four characters, it gives an overall mood of entertaining and comical.

Director’s Notebook Final


Love was thought always to bring happiness. However, through working on our film of our Director’s Notebook, it reveals that love may also bring destructive transformation in changing relationships. Throughout our video, there were significant gestures and facial expressions that reflected the personality of each characters and the mood of the scene itself. For my first character Four, he was shown to be furious when introducing the characters at the very start, putting his hands into his pockets which showed his anger from the rejection of love towards Jeanine. This whole film was set in a sunny day, contrasting to the original play which was set in a night. After the introduction of the characters, the film starts with Four chasing Jeanine. When chasing her, he is not only running after her, but also his hand motions show how he is trying to reach her but eventually wasn’t able to; this reveals his pressing mood but is never able to receive her love. Also, after he pleads for Jeanine, he places his hands on her hand to show his sincerity. To further intensify his earnestness, the music, Arabesque, is played where only a piano is played creating a sweet but gloomy tune. Along his plead towards Jeanine, even though he helps her out from the web, Jeanine refuses him and throws his hands away. Since Four is a part of the fraction of Dauntless, he is strong and aggressive but by choosing to make him not able to do anything in front of Jeanine, discloses his genuine love and his attitudes of being endlessly small in front of the tough lady. Also, when Jeanine treats his attitude bogus, Four does not interrupt her but shows his reaction of shaking his head to show that he is honest in loving her. The choice of making him grab her hand and chasing her, reveals his frank love. The classical songs along the scenes of him, deepens the mood of being urgent and depressing. This pressing and loving character is mostly gentle to the old lady, but the scene where he pushes Caleb off from her is the most exaggerated part where it shows his true character, being aggressive and assertive. The strong metallic guitar song in the background also strengthens the mood of merciless and irritated. Lastly, when Four slams his glove on the ground, it echoes his personality again of being hostile, especially because of the rejection from Jeanine. Furthermore, I also played the character Tris, who is also rejected by Four. When she appears, she finds four and is chosen to run confidently with excitement; however, she is also excluded from Four’s love and when she grabs onto Four’s arm when weeping, also illustrates the same mood when Four got rejected by Jeanine. Though they are in the same situation, Tris is betrayed by who used to love her always, so the background music is the most dramatic, miserable but catchy tune where the cello solo plays when she starts to sob. In the last scene of the film, the camera angle slightly shows Tris’s legs appearing, trying to kick Jeanine. This again reminds her of being a dauntless, strong and tough. The repudiation of both character’s love reflects the destructive transformation of relationships even between the paramours that originally loved each other by using music along the scene to exaggerate the mood.


From the four paramours, two female characters unexpectedly confront the conflict of one receiving unwanted love and one who desires love from the transformed attitude of one of the lovers. The transformation between the four characters helped establish how love can transform one’s personality into either an affectionate or destructive one.

To create the Director’s Notebook, we first translated the actual script to modern language for the assigned characters. Since the script was only translated to modern language and nothing similar to the personality of the characters in the movie Divergent, I edited the whole script to make the characters have the personalities that we wanted. We first started with the actual filming instead of the Director’s Notebook and Elaine and I directed all the shootings. I wrote the introduction, also did the blocking of the film, and edited the video. Lastly, As I edited the video, I added all the music and described it in the Notebook too.


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“If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.” quoted Maggie Stiefvater. And yes. They have absolutely no reason to love us brutal and dreadful humans, but they do. As a matter of fact, plants can wither or live by what we say to them, which shows that they also have a kind of ability to feel. To these plants that possess a kind of human characteristics, we cut, grind, eat, and do horrible things that we can never imagine to do to ourselves. Dolefully, these innocent plants, trees in particular, help us ruthless humans for us to live conveniently. Inspired by these faultless trees, I created an original piece of artwork which reveals the archetype of a hero’s journey. In the end, my art piece illustrates the harmfulness of slaughtering living creatures, specifically trees for this piece.


This art piece is painted on a square canvas with the tree being the focal point in the foreground with two other subordinate elements, humans, on each side. The man on the left also in the foreground, representing the many beings that damage trees, is the shadow, and the crowd of people on the right and in the background, representing the rest that use the tree for their convenience, are the other unintentional shadows that the tree is sacrificing itself for. The crowd of people on the right side are also shown as flowers in which they grow from the tears of the tree. Applying this concept to real life, we actually grow in many ways by the sacrifice of the trees such as paper, desks, and other furnitures. In fact, since both the foreground and background is in focus, this scene shows a ‘deep focus’. From this work, the consisting of two contrasting colors, black and white, divided by the massive tree trunk in the middle, indicate two different meanings: darkness, death, evilness and light, innocence. In addition, the tears that the tree is shedding, shows how depressed it is while the color blue also signifies security and spiritual purity. Archetype of the hero, the tree’s journey, is shown by it having human characteristics such as bleeding, which shows the tree’s voyage of sacrificing himself from the shadow. Also, its immolation depicts the sacrificing of his own needs for the welfare of others, which discloses that the tree is a willing hero. However, the shadow is not just to be evil himself but is committing this harmfulness for the remaining humans illustrated at right. This whole unity of color structures creates a gloomy, heartbroken, and painful mood. Moreover, since the tree itself designates nature and the tools the shadow is using portrays the mechanistic world, this whole piece in general symbolizes the concept of nature is good while technology, generated by humans, is evil. This scene of the hero getting tortured reveals both the ordinary world and the ordeal as what the tree is confronting is the darkest fear but also a mundane world of everyday affairs, facing the abuse everyday.


Bully Bottom and Mousy Michelle. What’s The News with Ús?

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“Be the flame, not the moth” quoted Giacomo Casanova. Passion is what makes you burn from within but what if you were playing soccer, in an orchestra, or even acting? Teamwork and sportsmanship is what it’s all about and the protagonist Nick bottom in the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, by William Shakespeare, have shown an overly enthusiastic personality which in some ways did reflect similarities but did also contrasted with me.


Nick Bottom, from one of the mechanical characters, had an enthusiastic and committing personality, which revealed few of my personality as well as his. When the mechanicals entered and set characters for the duke’s wedding, Bottom displays his eagerness for acting: “That will ask some tears in the true performing of it. If I do it, let the audience look to their eyes…” (1.2.19-20). Even after Bottom was set for his character he didn’t stop expressing his passion of acting by using phrases such as “If I do it”. These kinds of word choices reveal his pride and self-confidence in his passion. Furthermore, he has certainty along with buoyancy in his word choices. For instance, his word choice of “will” and “true performing” illustrates his conviction of respectable performing towards the audience and believes that he is the only one to act out the finest and paramount performance. Likewise, I also try extremely hard to get appreciated from particular group projects that I am passionate of. For example, the time I found out that I was willing to commit so much in a group project was in humanities in 8th grade where our group had to sell a deodorant to a certain target market audience. It was then how I acted like Bottom and was enthusiastic to lead our group. I also remember when I used words like “will” to show that I was very sure about what my plan was and how to work out the project. By looking at Bottom, I found parts that was similar where both of us were enthusiastic in what we were passionate of. Moreover, during the plot of the story, the mechanicals further discusses on how to show the moonlight and the wall in the play and even during that period of time Bottom says, “A calendar, a calendar! Look in the almanac – find out moonshine, find out moonshine!” (3.1.40-41). This quote again reveals Bottom’s personality of being enthusiastic. He is, as usual and always, full of suggestions and ideas. The exclamation marks and the way how he repeats his words also display how excited he is to deal with acting amongst all of his group mates. Similarly, even though I have an introverted personality, I always had ideas for what I think as my passionate subjects. Therefore, when I was around with my friends, I enjoyed giving suggestions about the project and hearing other’s opinions about it. Alike Bottom, when I got too thrilled about something, I repeated words like him too.


Even though the character, Nick Bottom, and I had shares that reflected me in person, we also had contrasting behaviors too. During the start of the story, Peter Quince, a carpenter, assigns parts to each of the Mechanicals but Bottom, who already has a part, says, “And I may hide my face, let me play Thisbe too. I’ll speak in a monstrous little voice: ‘Thisne, Thisne!” (1.2.42). As shown in the quote, Bottom wants to take other’s role of the play without hearing other’s opinions. He also reveals how he wants to dominate the play instead of giving others a chance. He uses exaggerative words like “monstrous” and “little” to appeal himself and filch other’s position even though he has one. This shows that his personality is not only enthusiastic but is overly passionate that even wants to dominate and control the whole play, where a play is to act with others, communicate, and cooperate together as a team. In contrast, as mentioned, I have a timid personality which is not only able to talk over someone but can’t take other’s roles when working in a team. In my point of view, I view collaboration and sportsmanship an extremely essential part when working as a team. Therefore, even though I like to lead the team in some ways, I focus more on working together, and listening to others. In addition, unlike Bottom, most of my cases when working as a team was that few of the group mates did not want to cooperate. As a result, I ended up doing the work whereas Bottom was willing to take other’s positions. Furthermore, while all the Mechanicals were beginning to rehearse and Bottom suggesting changes, Quince quotes, “What sayest thou, bully Bottom?” (3.1.7). Quince’s word choice of “bully Bottom” was rather offensive, but also was very casual. This alliteration reveals how Quince thinks of Bottom, an oppressor that commands what to do in all acts and tries to transform scenes that Quince planned. His casual attitude also demonstrates what the other characters fixed-mindset of the bully typically. Dissimilar to Bottom, I am usually afraid of what others think of me, especially when they think me negatively, therefore, I do not like to strongly or overly control in group projects. Also, majority of people that do not know me well, think that I am shy rather than a bully since I do not talk much. In fact, when they do know me well, they do not think me shy obviously.


Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Cambridge School: Linda Buckle, 1992. Print.

Cease War, Bring Peace: Persuasive Monologue

Below is a persuasive speech that I wrote inspired by Markus Zusak‘s The Book Thief. I wrote in the perspective of Death convincing humanity to articulate the meaning of peace in the time frame during the war, when Liesel Meminger, the protagonist, had lost her family, friends, and neighbors.




*Bombing sound* Stop that! Stop it! Please, oh Lord, I can’t stand it. Dead bodies, the innocent dead bodies, have all fallen in my faint hands. Aren’t you the beaming lights of hope towards your generation? Aren’t you the willing heroes to save your own nation rather than destroying others’? Aren’t you human?


After all, you are just small and pitiful beings. But you did ought to make yourselves a righteous one. At least for the ones around you, right? Here, I stand, to clear the meaning of peace. A peace not to stop your clash between you and your mom. A peace not to save the universe, but a piece of peace, to simply not murder a loved one.


You have shown that you have the power to commit, to fight and sacrifice when you are called upon to do so. But you do this for the dancing devil, where one kills another, all left for me to deal with the aftermath. (hey but) But listen, it is a necessity to empathize, to feel for others. So why not fight for peace and harmony instead of deifying the demon? No. I take that back. This is a must. An obligation we all must fight for.


“In the space of a few minutes, all of [the mortals] were gone. A church was chopped down. Earth was destroyed where Max Vandenburg had stayed on his feet.” (530) What is it to be for a single life? My tiring job to take away the poor souls. Der Teufel (The Devil). He shattered the place where a child’s father stood, her mother, friends, and all of what he can take from her. Don’t you also have exhausting jobs, even at home, being a good husband, a good wife or a child? Of course you do. And it is to me too. When I see those festering fleshes lying, it is extremely exhausting of a job, just like you in your circumstances. I believe that losses there must not be and let peacefulness come when it pleas for us to stop. And I do too. I beg you. Please.



Here’s a tragic but sweet story. A girl named Liesel Meminger, so fragile and delicate, found her loving boyfriend, Rudy Steiner, dead. This was when their first but last kiss had happened. “[Their] teeth collided on the demolished world of Himmel Street. [She] did not say goodbye. [She] was incapable…” (535) She wasn’t able to do anything but only leave him, behind the life’s shade. Oh God, she was bleeding tears. I wasn’t able to recognize anything from Himmel street; what war had left for a present. Is murdering and slaughtering the right thing to do? Even when you’re aware of this tender girl? Obviously not. You know that. By head and by heart. Just as I’m in pain of dealing with these heaps of corpses, so too you. Therefore, I speak for all, we should conclude with a call to action. Repel the evil and return the harmony of peace.

You should not be torn away from your mothers, fathers, or your home. Personal ambition must be heaved aside and now your country calls! For peace and harmony! For the glorious beginning of your lives! For the cessation of wars! Humanity must take a step forward with bravery and boldness. The fields of honor calls for you and it is the time to raise each of your own voice.

Propaganda Poster of WWII

WW2 propaganda poster

This propaganda poster is a promotion for allies to further support the destruction of the Nazi party presented to the American audience.

The propaganda technique first used is fear, where the focus of Hitler’s furious face is frighteningly trying to eat the chubby man. Here, the subordinate element, the chubby man, represents the world and its purity. Exaggeration is used in the slogan since lending a single hand can’t actually save the world but is saying that small allied forces can result impactful consequences to defeat the malevolent. The technique, virtue words, is revealed through the image of the American superman, producing positive imageries of hope and security. The last technique is demonizing the enemy by comparing Hitler to a reptile, often representing the evil, drawn in the foreground. In fact, the cliff and the Nazi army drawn in the background, designates that the characters are mostly on the foreground and middle ground.

Furthermore, the illustration and the catchphrase appeals both ethos and pathos mood to the frame since the image of superman and the slogan makes the audience believe he is trustworthy, and the image of Hitler creates fearful stances of emotion.

Archetypical characters represented in this frame are the hero, which is the American superman, the shadow, Hitler, and the hefty man, the scapegoat. As I sought to make America look powerful and mighty, I chose the representative figure, superman, to be the willing hero in this poster. Also, to further elaborate on the comparison of Hitler to a reptile, often snakes are referred to the sinful trait according to the Bible. Therefore, I preferred the reptile Hitler to be the shadow. The last archetypical character is the portly man, where he represents the world, and the innocence of itself being the scapegoat.

Symbolic archetypes used here are the light vs. darkness. Since the superman suggests hope and renewal along with its color choices, he implies the light, and Hitler indicates the darkness because he insinuates despair and evil. Symbolic archetypes are also shown through certain color choices such as the color yellow around superman, signifying hope, white around the portly man, representing innocence and purity, and lastly black around Hitler to indicate his darkness and evilness. By the color contrasts, the visual weight is mostly on Hitler. In addition, the various flags illustrated in the slogan are the allied forces during the war.

Few purposeful choices used in the poster is the position of particular characters. For instance, how Hitler is placed on the lower grid of the scene and siting one third of the frame reveals his prominence and his conspiracy emerging from the underworld. Whereas, the superman is located in the upper portion of the grid which indicates that he is from the liberating and saintly world.

Documentary on Environment Policies and Internet Censorship

“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” Said Ansel Adams.

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” Quoted Joseph Brodsky.

How are these quotes related?

Social issues of environment policies and censorship of media have impacted China in various deficient consequences. In the end, our documentary discusses the significance of reviving the environment and loosening censorship itself in China. To cover the two issues, Esther and I made a documentary regarding China’s pollution and censorship.


In the first half of the documentary, it explains about how the subject of reviving the environment cannot be resolved. This was because the Chinese government is exceptionally sensitive about the topic. However, the weak environmental policies of air and water contamination are said to be solved by creating new laws and stronger regulations. The two solution suggested in the video are suspending illegal acts of harming the environment and using technology such as Envisat to help recover it. In relation, a particular incident on the topic of environment, where a topic specialist posted a video showing the seriousness of China’s haze, was shown through media. Here, as it is a sensitive topic for the Chinese government, authorities used censorship to erase the video. The actual victim of censorship is introduced and interviewed in the documentary. She elaborates on a specific topic called the “Firewall”, a certain way of using censorship. Later on, she discusses the benefits and detriments of the video. In generalization, this documentary suits our content of the two social issues, environment and censorship, by revealing facts, statistics and problems of both topics. By examining all the complications above and projecting future implications, this film will be appropriate to suit the focus of China’s social issues. Furthermore, the two matters, environment and censorship, are a huge part in the topic. Moreover, the policies of environment and internet censorship are closely related. As a result, filming documentaries on the related subjects, we thought, were the most applicable medium.

Thou Will Always Be: Inspired by the song, “Palladio – 1. Allegretto”

Palladio -1 Allegretto by Karl Jenkins


Video of “Thou Will Always Be”

Thou Will Always Be: Inspired by the song, “Palladio – 1. Allegretto”

By Michelle Jo


These lines between thou and I,

The waves that cover thy full with tears,

The desperation that no one hears,

I at least want to hear thine cry.


But whoever hinders our way,

I will break the barriers of blood.

Don’t lose hope my dear child,

Thou art still lovely, I say.


Please, oh Please, God just hear her mourning,

I can always wait for my dove.

Lord shalt feed our love,

The darling buds of May are shining.


Ergo, this seasonal path isn’t dimm’d.

The repetitive notes of eternal summer,

I, will efface the existence with murder.

Halt, and halt. Even if it’s unsuspect’d.



“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs”

(from Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare).


As everyone may know, Shakespeare had written the most tragic romance story called, Romeo and Juliet. The poem above is inspired by a song called “Palladio -1 Allegretto” by Karl Jenkins and describes the desperate mood of Romeo’s perspective. In the end, my poem depicts how the power of love is greater than any other feelings, which feels desperate and eager for the other. This poem is a quatrain of a total of 4 stanzas.  During the poem, words such as “desperation”, “cry”, and “please” creates an overall mood of haunting, merciless but too loving. This also reveals the author’s tone of cold and merciless. Throughout the poem, you may see a specific pattern of rhyme: the last word of the first and last line rhymes, while the two in the middle does too. For example, I write, “These lines between thou and I, /…/ I at least want to hear thine cry.” (line 1,4). Here, the word I and cry rhymes. Then in the middle, “The waves that cover thy full with tears, /…/ The desperation that no one hears,” (line 2, 3). Here, tears and hears rhyme. This pattern of a, b, b, a repeats for every stanza. In fact, the words “dimm’d” and “unsuspect’d” are rhymes of words inspired by Shakespeare’s verses. Furthermore, there are few metaphors along the with the rhymes: “I can always wait for my dove.” (line 10). This line compares his love, Juliet, to a dove, which also symbolizes peace, and rhymes with the word “love” in the next line. Likewise, there is a line, “The repetitive notes of eternal summer,” (line 14). This whole line is a metaphor comparing notes to their repetitive fight towards the adversaries. Additionally, the “eternal summer” here is a metaphor that describes the hot, irritating weather of summer.


About the poem…

The interesting thing about this poem is that it is inspired by a song called “Palladio -1 Allegretto” by Karl Jenkins. To start my c.r.e.a.t.e. project, I wanted to relate my passion of classical music with one of our curriculum in English, which turned out to be poems. My first attempt to write a poem was to listen to this song and first “create” my own theme of its tune. After, inspired by many of the great Shakespeare’s poems, I thought of Romeo and Juliet as my main protagonists. To relate the theme of desperation of the song, I thought Romeo’s bravery would match the song so I wrote it from his perspective, where he is so frantic that he would murder their adversaries. As you may see, this poem is kind of like a plea, begging people to accept their love. At last, this further approached to my thesis of: The power of love is greater than any other feelings, which feels desperate and eager for the other. You can impress the poem by reading the poem and listening to the song attached above. Please consider reading with the beat and the mood of the song.


An Interview with Lennie

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A bear is physically strong but lacks intelligence. So as Lennie. Through the character Lennie in the book Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, the author depicts the societal indifference towards the powerless and innocent individuals of migrant workers. For our group’s interview, Catherine and I made a recording between Lennie and the Interviewer.


Throughout the interview, Lennie’s response reveals his strong but heedless character several times. For the first question of the interview, he said, “I always buck barley. Nothin’ is ever too heavy, but still, I work hard all day long! they say I’m “strong as bull”(20). I like bein’ strong as bull! George said nobody ain’t can put no four hundred pound bale like me!” (Response 2). This response shows that other characters believe Lennie is very strong and tough, while also he himself enjoys being the way he is. This shows the characterization of his tough physical feature, optimistic personality, and his job of being a buck barley. Later, he elaborates on his dreams that he desires to achieve in the future: ““I like to pet nice things with my fingers, soft things” (85). It jus’ makes me feel secure. Oh and rabbits and mice are one of those animals small, furry, an’ easy to pet…Love to put’em in ma hands” (Response 6). Here, his response reveals what he wishes to do in the future, to pet soft furry animals. This shows that his personality is not only optimistic but also lacks in intelligence. He only thinks about petting animals but does not know what he truly desires to have. In other words, he simply enjoys pouncing them to satiate and secure himself from the intimidating reality he lives in.


Through the interview between Lennie and the interviewer, the historical context of Great Depression is shown. Answering question 4, Lennie said, “But we’ve been movin’ around currently, jus’ came from the Weed a few weeks ago, diggin’ a cesspool” (Response 4). His reply discloses the harsh conditions of migrant workers, where they dig cesspools. Not only Lennie, but this too shows that majority of individuals had a low societal level. And in order to endure and survive this society, people were willing to do anything for their living. Furthermore, after Lennie stated his living conditions and societal level, he further said “He always gets us bus tickets and some cards, precious work cards!” (Response 4). From this, it is shown that work cards during the 1930s were for workers who need employment. As he stated, work cards to the workers were significant since he said that it was ‘precious’. Moreover, “[Curley] just don’t give a damn… But George said not to get inta trouble with him. We hella need this job.” (Response 3). This shows that the workers in the period of Great Depression were desperate and urgently desired for employments based on the fact that 3.2 million people were unemployed because of the 1929 stock market ‘crashes’. Every worker here was desperate, and for Lennie, he indicated his hard times by revealing Curley and how Lennie can’t retort towards his boss no matter how depraved he was.

Ain’t wretched. Just pain.



Laborious, lifeless, lacking laughter. The photo, taken from Dorothea Lange during the Great Depression, shows clearly the means of the words.

The background of the photo shows few carrot pullers. From them, the photographer shot an interesting view of a laborer very close to the left side of the grid. He appears to be the focal point while also being the dominant element. The picture shows that the man is hardworking in the environment he is surrounded from. He carries the heavy looking box only from his shoulders which looks very experienced. By shooting the dominant element, the photographer may have wanted to represent that it is strenuous to work. The workforce doesn’t seem to be paid much from the sweated labor since they are in poor surroundings as seen in the picture. Even though they are in this condition of living, each of all the assiduous workers appear to be working on something. Furthermore, we could observe that every one of the workers are lowering their faces sorrowfully. They all look stressed and tired because of the hard labor. This creates a mood of melancholic, morose, and exhausted. The visual weight of the picture is well contrasted with the darkness and lightness of the colors.

Overall, this picture taken by Dorothea reflects the distress in labor during the Great Depression.

The True Him

English Found Poem

This found poem is based on the character of George, from the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. He is depicted as a livid and furious man who is not afraid of expectorating offensive languages to the opposing character, Lennie. However, his true feeling is revealed by him expressing the strenuous circumstances of them through empathy. Even though he uses aggressive words, he actually relies on Lennie and wants him to stay beside him as always. This reveals his character of being a raging man, but on the other side, he trusts and count on Lennie like his family.