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How does the author make Lennie a sympathetic character?

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How does the author make Lennie a sympathetic character? In "OF MICE AND MEN" John Steinback makes Lennie a sympathetic character by the way he is described as in physique and also in means of mentality. Lennie is also described by the author in the way the other characters in the story describe him. His act of speech and his actions is also provided in the story. Lennie's attitude and actions are not the same towards all the characters in the story. He gets along well with some of the characters in the story and with some he doesn't. The fact that is really strange is that, his physique doesn't match his mentality. The time at which this book was written, USA was going under The Depression. At which during this time many people were left unemployed. Most of the people who worked in the ranches at that time were all surviving and had just enough food to feed themselves. They were given very low wages and had to work in very bad conditions. People usually traveled miles together to find a job as they never had a fixed contract. Since all this used to happen in the late 1930's, people would walk across the country in order to find a job and many a times they would get robbed as the majority of them traveled solo. ...read more.


From the characters from the story, Lennie is recognised as a type of person who has a very low understanding power but person who is very strong in terms of physical matters. He doesn't get along well with all the characters in the story. The only ones he gets along well are the ones who are good to them. Lennie is often known to be as a kid because most of his actions are quite childish and he isn't responsible as a man of his age is supposed to be. This can be proved because George takes care of Lennie's work card. He has to be incharge and give him his meals during the right times like a mother should do for her child. Another thing what proves this is that, Lennie is told off by George not to drink in the dirty water. This fact tells us that Lennie doesn't know the difference between right and wrong. When George takes the dead mouse from Lennie's hand, he starts to cry. He doesn't get along very well with Curley and his wife because the very moment he came to the Ranch, Curley hated him. ...read more.


From first itself when George sees Curley's wife he says "she's got the eye". He tells Lennie that she tries to flirt with Carlson and Slim. Lennie is only left alone once in the ranch when George goes out with his people of work. He is told by George to stay away from her. After he is told that, whenever Curley's wife tries to speak to her he tells her directly that he is not supposed to speak to her. Lennie is forced by George not to speak in the beginning part of the story when they go to the ranch to get a job. He fears that Lennie will say something stupid and show how dumb he is and this might cause them to loose their job. To prove this he says this in the exact words "I'll give him the work tickets, but you ain't gonna say a word. You jus' stand there and don't say nothing". Lennie often tends to forget what he did in the past. The way he speaks is ungrammatical and moreover like a lower class type of dialogue. They use a colloquial way to speak with eachother and Lennie many a times repeats the sentences again and again. ...read more.

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