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Of Mice and Men Chapter One : how does Steinbeck present the relationship between George and Lennie?

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Of Mice and Men Re-read the end of Chapter One, from: 'George's voice became deeper. He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many times before.' to the end. What does this tell us about the relationship between George and Lennie and why is it important to the novel? Answer: In this novel Steinbeck present two ranch workers who dream of owning their own land. Many men in the 1930?s travelled around America in search of work. These men were often lonely, with no companionship. It is this migrant lifestyle which highlights the significance of the relationship between Lennie and George, which is perceived as a rarity amongst other characters. George claims that ranch workers are ?the loneliest guys in the world?. ...read more.

Middle

George and Lennie dream of being able to independently. Lennie is set on ?tending rabbits? whereas George focuses on freedom. As the story develops the reader begins to believe they will be successful. Steinbeck reveals that George and Lennie are dependent on one another. ?With us it ain?t like that. We got a future.? This demonstrates the uncommonness of their relationship. Even though George is the one who recites the dream speech, Lennie knows it off by heart, ?an live of the fatta the lan!? Lennie?s response is childlike and further establishes his immaturity. Lennie is simple minded, this is shown by his enjoyment of petting soft things. George tells Lennie ?I can let you tend the rabbits all right?. ...read more.

Conclusion

George then replies ?Good boy!? his response is reminiscent of how a parent would praise their child for doing as they?re told. As the novel continues we can infer that George doesn?t think of himself as superior, he sees it as his responsibility to take care of Lennie who is mentally handicapped and referred to as a ?crazy bastard?. From this we can understand that Lennie is unable to look after himself. This section of the novel is successful in establishing the close relationship between the characters George and Lennie. In the closing paragraphs of the first chapter Steinbeck concludes ?As the blaze dropped from the fire the sphere of light grew smaller?. This description of sunset is symbolic of change. At the end of the novel George shoots Lennie to end his suffering, the sunset perhaps symbolises the ending of their relationship. ...read more.

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