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Lennie Small from 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck - Character Study.

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LENNIE SMALL from 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck - Character Study Lennie has a dream of owning a small piece of land with George, but can only remember one aspect of this dream, which is having a small rabbit hutch so that he can tend rabbits. He cannot entirely understand the dream. He has an obsession with rabbits, throughout the novel he constantly reminds us of this, "the rabbits we're gonna get, and I get to tend 'em." (Pg. 73) George uses this obsession to encourage Lennie to think again before doing something wrong, George says to Lennie "you ain't gonna get in no trouble, because if you do, I won't let you tend the rabbits." (Pg. 16) Lennie loves listening to George talking about their future dream "Tell how it's gonna be."(Pg. 111), he asks George. Lennie grows excited of tending the future rabbits, most likely so that he can pet them "Lennie was still smiling with the delight at the memory of the ranch"(Pg. 66) He finds great joy in touching soft things, whether a cotton dress, soft hair, a soft rabbit or puppy. ...read more.


For example Curley sees Lennie as a big guy but his strength is overridden with his childish actions, Curley is mistaken and later regrets picking a fight with Lennie because Lennie reveals his true strength. Lennie is innocent, however he is still capable of great violence he lacks the ability to physically control himself when he is violent, he is unable to make decisions for himself and relies on George for action. For example, only on George's say so did Lennie fight back to Curley but when George demanded that he should let go of Curley's hand Lennie was unable to control himself. Lennie has an innocent nature but his actions are the cause of major consequences for both animals and humans. For example, the incident in Weed. Lennie doesn't intend to harm anyone, he is just unable to control his innocent actions. Lennie relies on George to lookout for him, to prevent such incidents from occurring again. He also needs him to reach their future American Dream Lennie is useless in the few tasks that are given to him. "Lennie came crashing back through the Brush. He carried one small willow stick" (Pg. ...read more.


Lennie is almost entirely incapable of making decisions by himself and realizes on George for action. About hand SAY SO Lennie: George's companion, the source of the novel's conflict. Lennie, enormous, ungainly, and mentally slow, is George's polar opposite both mentally and physically. Lennie's ignorance and innocence and helplessness, his childish actions, such as his desire to pet soft things, contrast his physical bulk, making him likeable to readers. Although devoid of cruel intentions, Lennie's stupidity and carelessness cause him to unwittingly harm animals and people, which creates trouble for both him and George. Lennie is tirelessly devoted to George and delights in hearing him tell of the dream of having a farm, but he does not desire the dream of the American worker in the same way that George does. His understanding of George's dream is more childish and he grows excited at the possibility of tending the future rabbits, most likely because it will afford him a chance to pet their soft hides as much as he wishes. Nevertheless, a dream is a dream, different for everyone, and George and Lennie share the similar attribute of desiring what they haven't got. Lennie, however, is helpless to attain his dream, and remains a static character throughout, relying on George to fuel is hope and save him from trouble. ...read more.

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