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Analysing George and Lennie's Relationship in the Novel "Of Mice and Men"

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Analyse the way George and Lennie's relationship is presented by Steinbeck. Compare their different characteristics. The two main characters of the story "mice and men" is George and Lennie. The central point of the book is their unusual relationship. From first look, it appears that Lennie, because of his mental immaturity, depends completely upon George to survive. George is needed by Lennie to somehow obtain work at the various ranches that their sent to. However, equally George relies on Lennie for companionship in the lonely environment of a ranch worker. He doesn't just look after Lennie at the pity of her Aunt Clara, but it can also be seen that George generally cares about Lennie and does his best to take care of Lennie. This bond is the main highlight of the novel and works as the spine of the book. Here I will compare their different characteristics. George is a fatherly figure to Lennie; he does his best to keep him behaving. ...read more.


However every single time that George has a go at Lennie, he feels sorry and guilty straight after, he realises how hard it is for him with his mental disabilities. "No-look! I was jus' foolin, Lennie. Cause I want you to stay with me.' George feels sorry straight after the heated encounter; he doesn't want to have any hard feelings between him and his best mate. He worries that Lennie might leave so he humours him straight away, and he convinces that he was only messing around. This is partly because he does really care about the guy; he knows at a time like this in America, people like Lennie can find it cruel and horrible in the social world. Things are hard as it is, and with someone like Lennie it's only going to get worse. So George kind of looks after him the best he can, and cares about him. ...read more.


I can go away any time." Lennie is clever here, he uses reverse psychology and makes George feel guilty and sorry. He tells him that he'll leave if he wants to. This makes George scared and causes him to humour Lennie, and make him feel wanted. This proves that he does have some brains. However in the beginning of the novel, Lennie is described like a large animal by Steinbeck, due to his large image and big presence. The way he does things and his various movements and actions can make it easy to compare him to a typically large animal. "He walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws." Here he is compared to a bear because of his size and the way he drags his feet. This creates a good idea of the character Lennie in the reader's head. Lennie might not be the smartest person in the world, but he also has a dream, a dream that he shares with George but with his own personal twist. ...read more.

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