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How does Steinbeck present the relationship between George and Lennie in "Of Mice and Men"? The author John Steinbeck presents the relationship between the two characters, George and Lennie in different ways as they are both different characters and have different personalities. This means that George is a man like person and Lennie is a childlike. However, John Steinbeck is one of the greatest storytellers of the twentieth century. This novel was written in 1937 and was set in California (USA) in the 1930s, when America had a great depression. Depression affected everyone this is because many people were unemployed and had to travel and migrate to look for work. The book explores people's unrealistic dreams, their desperate needs for work and money, not belonging and being an outsider and the terrible loneliness the depression left people feeling. It is possible that Steinbeck wrote the novel based on his own experience he used to work on a ranch. He knew what these workers had to go through and had the desire and belief to show other people what was actually happening at the time. The language of 'Of Mice and Men' that Steinbeck used is about the itinerant workers. This is because this sort of language would have been used on the forms of that time. This helps add to the realism of the story and it makes it more life like. Steinbeck also uses a great description if metaphors and similes to describe the landscape around them e.g. George and Lennie. " A water snake slipped along the pool, its head held up like a little periscope". This is a good example as it shows Steinbeck's imagery that he uses to describe the scenery and surroundings. This particular simile is symbolic for the reality of life for animals and humans. The snake is on the look out for food whilst at the same time being cautious of any potential attackers. ...read more.

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In this chapter George describes their dream on the ranch. In the last chapter George shoots Lennie. This is because Lennie had killed Curley's wife and now everyone is after Lennie. At the start of chapter six, Steinbeck's description is almost poetic: "The deep green pool of Salinas River was still in the late afternoon. Already the sun had left the valley to go climbing up the slopes of the Gabilan Mountains, and the hilltops were rosy in the sun. But by the pool among the mottled sycamores, a pleasant shade had fallen". This is an intense description of the setting that the characters are in and enables the reader to develop a clear image of the surroundings. It is an example of Steinbeck's imagery. However, loneliness affects George and Lennie. The reason how this is because George and Lennie stay in one place long enough to form permanent relationships. Even if such relationships existed, they would probably be destroyed by the demands of the itinerant life. Candy is lonely because he is old, and is different from the other hands. His only comfort is his old do, which keeps him company and reminds him of days when he was youth and whole. He has no relatives, and once his dog is killed he is going to become alone. He eagerly clutches at the idea of buying a farm with George and Lennie. Candy's disappointment is expressed in the bitter words he utters to the body of Curley's wife, whom he blames for spoiling his dream. George is also caught in the trap of loneliness. Just as Candy has his dog for company, George has Lennie (who is often described in animal-like terms). Continuing the parallel, George too is left completely alone when Lennie is killed. The dream farm is his idea, and he says: "we'd belong there...no more runnin' around the country..." another lonely character is Curley's wife. ...read more.

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As the novel opens, Steinbeck shows how Lennie has the physical strength beyond his control, as when he cannot help killing his mice. Great physical strength is, like money, quite valuable to men in George and Lennie's circumstances. Curley, as a symbol of authority on the ranch and a champion boxer, makes this clear immediately by using his rough strength and violent temper to threaten the men and his wife. Physical strength is not the only force that bothers the men in the novel. It is the unbending, greedy human trends, not Curley, that defeat Lennie and George in the end. Lennie's physical size and strength proves powerless; in the face of these universal laws, he is utterly defenceless and therefore disposable. However, Steinbeck approaches the relationship in a very special way. This is how by the boss being suspicious. This means that the boss was suspicious because Lennie did not say a word to him when he approached the boss, however, George spoke behalf of Lennie. "one guy take so much trouble for another guy" Curley also makes a similar comment. But Crooks, however, he appears to be envies of the relationships because of his own loneliness. Therefore, this upsets Lennie out of spite. The only person who actually seems to understand the relationship is Slim. Slim is sympathetic and George confides in him. He gives us hope for the future, another friendship is forming. George becomes frustrated by his friendship with Lennie. He also gets annoyed when he forgets things. However, George needs Lennie. This is because Lennie is the driving force of the dream, he gives him the incentive to carry on. However, the language and structure used in Of Mice and Men was written in the 3rd persons view, but the writer seems 'invisible', but can still see everything that goes on. It uses simple language and straightforward vocabularoy. The story is told in a direct and plain way. This echo's the lives of the characters. It also uses different speech for different characters, for example, Lennie sentences are very childlike in a character. Gurpreet Birdi -1- ...read more.

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