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How does Steinbeck make Lennie a sympathetic character?

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GCSE John Steinbeck

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How does Steinbeck make Lennie a sympathetic character?

In the novel 'Of Mice and Men', John Steinbeck deliberately creates and describes the character of Lennie and the events that surround him in the aim of evoking the reader's sympathy towards him.

It is obvious from the beginning of the novel that Lennie is in some way mentally disabled, and has the mind and actions of a child, the first time that a character mentions this is Slim, who remarks that Lennie is 'Jes like a kid', Curley's wife also point out that he is 'jus' like a big baby'. It is obvious to the reader of Lennie's mental ability by the way he speaks, as he has a definite speech impediment. By having Lennie be described as like a child and by his actions being like a child, it effectively creates sympathy for the character from the readers. This is because it is always easy for a reader to feel sympathetic towards a person with mental difficulties as you can understand how challenging it must be in their situation.

The events which occur around Lennie are a main factor in creating sympathy for

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