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Discuss the relation ship between George and Lennie as presented in the novella.

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Discuss the relation ship between George and Lennie as presented in the novella. In 1929, the American stock market collapsed, thousands across the country were impoverished. The United States entered a prolonged period of economic depression. A series of droughts and failed crops leaves thousands more in poverty. President Roosevelt, the then president, created new scheme; workers are given work cards to help with employment. George and Lennie, the two main characters, are migrant workers on the card scheme. The theme of loneliness is very important in this novella. The life of a migrant worker was very lonely, the workers travelled the country, finding part time jobs, with the aid of the cards. When the job was finished, or the workers were laid off, they moved on, seeking new employment. When we first encounter George and Lennie, we begin to see a very special, but stereotypical relationship: They had walked in s ingle file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other. As we later learn, George is the first man, the man in front, and Lennie is the man behind. This becomes much more relevant later on. ...read more.


They ain't got nothing to look ahead to George is explaining to Lennie how migrant workers can get very lonely if they don't have company. They will go to ranch, earn some money, but because of his solitude, he will go into the nearest town and spend it all on alcohol and prostitutes. By exaggerating the point of how everyone else is lonely, Stein beck emphasizes how special George and Lennie's relationship is. George and Lennie are different from the rest of the ranchers. With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don't have to sit in no bar-room blowin' in our jack jus' because we got no place to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us. George tells Lennie that they are different from everybody else, they are special; they have each other to rely upon, to talk to, and just to keep company. Without each other they would be like everyone else Although George tells Lennie that they are special because they have each ...read more.


Lennie doesn't know much himself and doesn't really know what is going on most of the time, but George is always there to tell him what to do. Loneliness is a disease. It slowly eats away at people, gradually tearing them limb from limb. It is a virus that sends some people insane, some turn senile, it sorts the strong characters from the weak and it can devastate lives. In Mice and Men, George is forced to kill Lennie. Lennie accidentally killed Curley's wife, and instinctively ran to the brush, which George had told him to do. George finds him there, he knows that people are coming after them, to kill Lennie, but he knows it is up to him to do it. He feels he owes Lennie a quick, painless death. George starts to talk about future plans with Lennie; this is to ensure that Lennie dies happily. This leaves George all alone in the world though, his special relationship has ended. We do not know what is to become of George; we do not know whether he could have a better life without Lennie. In the end, George ends up as one of the lonely migrant workers, the very thing that he didn't want to become. ...read more.

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