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Consideration of Relationship between Lennie and George.

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Question 1 Consideration of Relationship between Lennie and George. A father and son relationship is mainly comprised of the father looking after the son like a child. This is the substitute for friendship in George and Lennie's case. Lennie is George's companion, and he is also the source of much of the conflict transpiring in the novel. Enormous, and mentally slow, Lennie is the complete opposite to George both mentally and physically and this is his fatal flaw. His innocence, ignorance, helplessness and childish actions, such as his desire to pet soft things, contrast his physical bulkiness. Although he has no cruel intentions, his stupidity and carelessness cause him to harm animals and people around him and gets him and George into trouble, causing themselves unwanted grief. He is devoted to hearing George tell the dream of having a farm, but he does not desire the dream of an American worker in the same way that George does. His understanding of George's dream is more childish, and he grows excited at the possibility of tending the future rabbits. But a dream is a dream, different for everyone, and they both desire what they have not got. ...read more.


From this we can see that George will go to any lengths to protect Lennie and resolves it humanely by ending his grief, but this could also partly be because the strain of Lennie's company makes it impossible for George to survive with his companion. This demonstration of nobility and loyalty is a repeat in the way Candy's dog is shot in the back of the head by the same gun. This suggests that Lennie is like a faithful and loyal dog belonging to George, but unlike Candy, who let someone else shoot his dog, George shot Lennie himself ensuring that he meets his end painlessly and with dignity. George is Lennie's protector, and this is a unique relationship from any of the others in the novel. When they first reach the ranch, they enter the boss' office, and it is seen that George orders Lennie to "say nothing", fearing that if "the boss finds out what a crazy bastard Lennie is, they won't get no job", and because this is an important point to note, it is seen in the novel and video. This indicates that they also seem to have a master-slave relationship, and also when Lennie innocently call Curley's wife "purty", George becomes furious and instructs Lennie to "not even look at that bitch". ...read more.


He realises that he is sometimes a burden to George and would rather go his own way than stay if he were unwanted. He is immediate to sense a bad atmosphere at the ranch and we feel like he senses his own fate when he says, "I don't like this place, George. This ain't no good place. I wanna get outta here". But the two are almost inseparable. George needs Lennie almost as much as Lennie needs George, for example, at the beginning they both chant "I got you an' ' ... 'An' I got you". This cannot be said in the case of many of the other ranchers! Lennie provides the real driving force behind the dream. George also gains confidence from being with Lennie. He admits to Slim that it makes him look and feel "God damn smart". George tells Lennie not to do certain thing, like look at Curley's wife, or drink with his head in the water but to use his hands as a cup, or even to pet nice things because, from past experience, George knows that it will bring trouble. These are all child-like qualities and when George shows him and tells him how to do things, it is like a father teaching a son. He disciplines him. ...read more.

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