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Compare George and Lennie in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". What purpose has the first chapter served?

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Compare George and Lennie in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". What purpose has the first chapter served? This chapter is introducing the two main characters of the book, George and Lennie. It describes their appearances, personalities and their relationship with each other. We also start to get an idea of their backgrounds as well. John Steinbeck presents these points in a logical order starting with their physical description then moving on to their personalities and finally their relationship. George and Lennie's appearance and clothes are of all described. They are both wearing the same Denim clothes and both have blankets under their arms. George is small and sharp with defined features, slender arms and a thin bony nose. Lennie is the large man behind George and described as being his opposite. He has broad shoulders, long dangling arms that swing involuntarily due to his massive hands. Lennie has a large yet featureless face. He has a lumbering walk dragging his feet behind him. Right from the beginning of the book we can see that George is the leader of the pair. In fact he is physically leading Lennie down the path at the beginning of the novel. ...read more.

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There are a lot of reasons. One is that he cares and feels responsible for Lennie. Another is that Lennie gives him a role in life, a clear task to look after Lennie. Also even though being with Lennie can get George into a lot of trouble, it can also get him out of being in trouble. Lennie has brute strength and not very many people are going to pick a fight with him. So as George looks after Lennie, Lennie also looks after George. So we see in the first chapter the personalities of the two main characters being established and the reason why they are together, illustrating their dependence on each other. Compare George and Lennie in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". What purpose has the first chapter served? This chapter is introducing the two main characters of the book, George and Lennie. It describes their appearances, personalities and their relationship with each other. We also start to get an idea of their backgrounds as well. John Steinbeck presents these points in a logical order starting with their physical description then moving on to their personalities and finally their relationship. ...read more.

Conclusion

George is a kind of role model for Lennie, Lennie models his behaviour on him for example when they are sitting round the pool, "Lennie imitated him, raising his head to see if he was doing it right." Lennie does manipulate George slightly acting like a child when his mouse is thrown away and therefore gets the sympathy that he wants. George says that he could leave Lennie anytime and he would be able to set up a ranch and maybe get a girl. Then why doesn't he leave Lennie who only seems to be a burden? There are a lot of reasons. One is that he cares and feels responsible for Lennie. Another is that Lennie gives him a role in life, a clear task to look after Lennie. Also even though being with Lennie can get George into a lot of trouble, it can also get him out of being in trouble. Lennie has brute strength and not very many people are going to pick a fight with him. So as George looks after Lennie, Lennie also looks after George. So we see in the first chapter the personalities of the two main characters being established and the reason why they are together, illustrating their dependence on each other ...read more.

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