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Coursework - Of Mice and Men HOW DOES STEINBECK REPRESENT GEORGE AND LENNIE'S RELATIONSHIP IN THIS NOVEL? In this novel, 'Of Mice and Men', Steinbeck tells a tale of two men who travel frequently, seeking employment. They also share the same dream of having a better life, full of freedom. In the book itself, most of these characters strive to achieve the same dream for freedom. However, at the beginning of the novel, accomplishing this seems impossible, mainly because of Lennie's character. The theme of failure is hinted at as Curley's wife failed to achieve her dream (becoming an actress) and ended up marrying Curley. The novel consists of two leading characters: George, an intelligent worker stuck with a child-like character, Lennie. Lennie has unrealised immense power, yet the mind of a child. His strength is the reason George cannot settle down anywhere. It gets them both into trouble repeatedly; therefore, they have to move, consistently. George, it seems, is eager to attain his own land for Lennie's sake. They are trying to escape their past. In this essay, I am going to write about how George and Lennie might be related and what they mean to each other, using evidence from the text to support my answer. ...read more.


'"But you ain't gonna get in no trouble, because if you do, I won't let you tend the rabbits."' This is how George hopes he can get Lennie to be a 'good boy' and not do anything to get in trouble, 'like he done before'. However, even with this bribery, he knows that Lennie is bound to get into trouble. '"...Lennie - if you jus' happen to get in trouble like you done before, I want you to come right here an' hide in the brush."' This manifests George's pre-told knowledge of misfortune, that Lennie will eventually lead to and how he already thought of what to do, supposing Lennie did mess up. This plan is then efficient when Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife and has to run, to escape an irate mob's wrath. George and Lennie's relationship corresponds Candy, a worker at the ranch, and his dog's relationship. Candy is an old worker who's had a sheep dog ever since it was a pup. The man is used to having the mutt around and by his side; he is very attached to him...just like George is used to having Lennie around. ...read more.


At the end, when George is going to shoot Lennie, the reader may feel sympathetic towards him as the sorrow George feels is evidently depicted. George treasures the friendship he has with Lennie as he says to Lennie, 'stay with me' and 'don't leave- I was foolin''. Lennie accompanies him and prevents George's loneliness, although he is a nuisance. Even Lennie seems to prize their relationship as 'I got you an' you got me'. He sees George as his safe harbour and, I think, sometimes may realise what George is giving up for him. George kills Lennie, his long time travelling companion, to save him from agony and suffering. This is better known as sacrifice and an immensely heroic deed. Steinbeck's language is simple yet the communication between George and Lennie can appeal greatly to the reader. This is because the two men are very close and are always sacrificing for each other (although, it is George who has sacrificed more than Lennie). This kind of friendship is quite hard to find in modern days between anyone, especially adults; this may be why some readers may feel empathetic towards the two men and it also might be the reason most people have taken a liking to this particular novel; because of the way friendship is portrayed. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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