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Of mice and men

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Explain how Steinbeck describes the differences in character between Lenny and George The author, John Steinbeck described Lenny as the opposite of George. Lenny and George are good friends but mostly have nothing in common except that they both share the same dream, the American dream. Steinbeck described what the characters are wearing at the beginning of the story. Then he started describing the difference in characters between George and Lenny. George is the smart one and Lenny is the one who's childlike. Lenny always depends on George because George is the only friend he's got and George is like the only family of Lenny. At the beginning of the story, Steinbeck first described what George and Lenny are wearing at the beginning of the story as "Both dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons". Then he started describing the difference between George and Lenny. First he defined George as "small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose". Then he described Lenny with no similarity to George as "a huge man, shapeless of face, with large pale eyes, with wide sloping shoulders". ...read more.


'if I was alone I could live so easy...', George described what it would be like without Lennie because George always gets in trouble because of Lennie. George said to Lennie angrily, 'You keep me in hot water all the time'. George would like to be alone, but he doesn't know how it feels to be a loner, he imagines what it feels like to take care of nobody except himself and he wants to know how it feels without the trouble of Lennie. He also wants to know if he would be happy or he might be lonely without Lennie. This is the feeling of George that Steinbeck wants us to know. Although, George is not the only one who would like to have a feeling of being alone. Lennie is a very confused man that cannot think very well. However, Lennie sometimes feel that George hates him because George doesn't want him by his side. 'If you don't want me, you only jus' got to say so and I'll go off in those hills right there - right up in those hills and live by myself,' Lennie talks like he's defending himself. ...read more.


Their friendship can't be broken by anyone, easily. The two characters played a good role to people to show how important friends are. Even though Lennie wasn't bright, George accepted Lennie as he is because he is his friend. Both of them know that they have each other to take care of. Compare to other people who are alone, are the loneliest people. John Steinbeck described each of the character uniquely, unlike any other character in a novel. At the very beginning of the novel, Steinbeck described the surroundings of the Salinas River. He wants us to picture in our mind what the place looks like. He creates an image in our mind that relate to the senses, including sight and touch. 'The Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. The water is warm too...' He also uses a metaphor to describe things clearly. 'the golden foothill'. He wants the reader to imagine what its like and because he knows that we'll understand what it means because it's just a metaphor. The writer did all this at the beginning of the novel to make the target audience want to read this novel. And once they become really interested in reading the beginning of the story, they'll plan to read the whole book. ...read more.

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