You gradually learn more and more about him rather than just having the first description like with many of the other characters.
Steinbeck portrays him as having natural authority and prestige.
Steinbeck shows Slim as a very respected character in the novel, ‘all talk stopped when he spoke’ the other characters are so keen to listen to whatever Slim might say that they simply stop so they can hear because he is the most important ranch worker.
Unlike Lennie, however, George does change as the story progresses.
The reader learns that he is capable of change and growth during his conversation with Slim, during which he admits that he once abused Lennie for his own amusement.
Slim is introduced slowly, which is different to the other characters; who the reader is mainly acquainted with very quickly.
The fact that Steinbeck has done this suggests that there is a lot to take in about Slim, so he immediately in our minds as a complex character.The narrator is omniscient and ‘talks’ in the third person and it is still supporting the positive view of Slim.‘Prince of the ranch’ is ‘spoken’ by the narrator and is consistent with the overall image of Slim which Steinbeck offers us.Like Lennie, George can be defined by a few distinct characteristics.He is short-tempered but a loving and devoted friend, whose frequent protests against life with Lennie never weaken his commitment to protecting his friend.The way Steinbeck represents Slim does shows him as never being domineering. It invited confidence without demanding it’ as he is not insisting upon confidence it suggests that Steinbeck is insinuating that Slim respects other people’s privacy and other people just as they respect him.This contrasts him fiercely with the other figures of authority in the book because he has not asked for it, he does not wear ‘high heeled boots’ he works but works so well and is so kind that the characters naturally respect him.However, Slim can be ruthless, ‘I drowned four of ‘em right off.’ Steinbeck has added this into Slim’s character to try and make it shown that he is not always lovely and kind ‘drowned’ is especially notable because he has killed four puppies and ‘right off’ shows that he did not even hesitate to do it.Steinbeck is adding some colour and showing that Slim can be brutal.‘Carlson stepped back to let Slim precede him’ is also a key sentence about Slim’s jurisdiction over the others.The fact that he is being allowed to precede the others is a clever way in which Steinbeck has used language to show sovereignty and that he is presenting Slim as powerful over the others.