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Of Mice and Men

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Explore the relationships between Lennie and two other characters in 'Of Mice and Men'. The characters in the novel 'Of Mice and Men' have different relationships and each of the characters in the novel introduces a theme. Steinbeck uses language to introduce these themes. There are characters that have a positive relationship like Lennie and George which introduces the theme of companionship and there are also characters that have a negative relationship like Curley and Lennie which introduces the theme of the aggressive nature of humans. Lennie and George have a close relationship. There is trust and companionship between them. As Lennie said in Chapter one, "because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you and that's why". Their companionship contrasts the loneliness that surrounds them as they have each other. ...read more.


"When I think of the swell time I could have without you, I go nuts. I never get peace." But when Lennie says he will leave him; George then takes back what he said. "I was just foolin', Lennie.' Cause I want you to stay with me." And the truth is that George enjoys having Lennie, as a way out of the loneliness that all the ranch hands felt. From Lennie's perspective George is the most important person in his life, his guardian and only friend. George serves as a role model towards Lennie and Lennie obviously idolises George, because of this Lennie tries to imitate him. This is shown when, "Then he replaced his hat, pushed himself back from the river, drew up his knees and embraced them. Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly." ...read more.


He feels that his small size compromises his manliness; therefore he tries to show his superiority by behaving animalistically. He often picks on Lennie because he doesn't like 'big men', but Lennie is unaware of this. He hopes that by being violent and aggressive towards the weaker characters he will gain authority. In conclusion, Steinbeck uses language to show how some of the characters felt. And some show it trough the way they act. The companionship of George and Lennie is incomparable. Their relationship is unique as they have each other. The aggressiveness of Curley towards Lennie is a way in which he expresses how he feels about his size and how he thinks that picking on men that are bigger than him will show his superiority. The quotations I used prove the relationship between Lennie and George and Lennie and Curley. ?? ?? ?? ?? Vanessa Blakemore :) ...read more.

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