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In the novel Of mice and men by John Steinbeck there are several characters which have an influence in the fate of Lennie in the novel.

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In the novel 'Of mice and men' by John Steinbeck there are several characters which have an influence in the fate of Lennie in the novel. George, a long time companion obviously has a very influential role in the life of Lennie in the novel, however there are other characters, which have a crucial role in Lennie's downfall. These characters are the downtrodden Candy, the temperamental Curley and the outcast Crooks. The basic characteristics of Candy are that he is old and depressed because he is lonely and he suffers from a disability. He is also a meddling gossip who seeks attention from the other workers at the ranch; he is a bitter man who relies on the companionship of his dog for friendship. In the novel 'Of mice and men' Candy is a significant influence on the impressionable Lennie who doesn't view Candy with any prejudice but simply as a wise old man. This is displayed at the beginning of the novel when he decides to pass on his judgements about the ranch's inhabitants to George and Lennie. ...read more.

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Crooks has suffered due to the colour of his skin and is often the scapegoat for any problems at the ranch. In the story there is one scene in particular, where Lennie and Crooks can relate this being when the two are left behind when the other men of the ranch were at the cathouse. In this conversation Crooks can tell Lennie of his problems and he knows that Lennie will not understand him, however this is a useful output for his frustrations. Slim is George's confidante; he is honest, well-meaning character who is there to offer support to both George and Lennie. Slim's relationship to Lennie is nothing but kindness, which is shown when he gives a puppy to Lennie. However with ever-good character there is a flaw his being his necessity to go along on the manhunt for Lennie for the killing of Curley's wife. All in all he does not mean to have an influence on Lennie, he does not mean to cause any harm nevertheless when he gives the puppy to Lennie this results in Lennie going into the barn, which leads to the death of Curley's wife. ...read more.

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is showing genuine state of mind in this period of closeness between the two Lennie's enthralment with Curley's wife ends up with her accidentally killing of Curley's wife. This is a result of her nature to flirt albeit inadvertently. This nature to please and constantly to put her on show, led to the attraction that Lennie felt about her and thus produced the smothering love, which he showed to Curley's wife and the puppy. Curley's wife was a strong influence over Lennie although she didn't mean to. Curley is the man who is most responsible for the story 'Of mice and Men' as he is one that leads to the manhunt of Lennie. He is vindictive, an evil character, he is the sheriff to George's Robin Hood. Curley mistreats his wife, which in turn leads to her craving of sexual attention from the other men within two weeks of marriage. This relationship with men, one of them being Lennie, leads to her eventual death and subsequently Lennie's death. 23/01/03 Of Mice & Men question Daniel Royal Q. Apart from George, which characters in the novel do you think have the most influence over what happens to Lennie? ...read more.

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