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Of Mice And Men Character Study – George

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Of Mice And Men Character Study - George George is a central character in the story. I really like George as a character because he is believable. Lennie is a nice character but I prefer George because I can relate him to real life. When we first meet George John Steinbeck describes him as, "small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose." I think John Steinbeck uses his looks to help portray his character. We learn later that he is strong-minded because he perseveres with things like when he takes the mouse from Lennie and when raising the money for the little house with some land. This characteristic is made clearer by Steinbeck's initial description of George having strong features. George is also a leader. Lennie completely relies upon George and even when he is in trouble or away from George his thoughts return to him. This is shown clearly when he is in Crook's room and he says, "but it ain't no lie. ...read more.

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I seen that kind before. He was kinda feeling you out. He figures he's got you scared and he's gonna take a sock at you the first chance he gets." This is telling us that George knows what people are like and what is going on in the world, he also knows when to watch his back. From this we also discover he is intelligent. He has obviously watched people, seen how things work and remembered, whereas Lennie who isn't very intelligent forgets things and gets into the same sorts of trouble lots of times. Even Slim who is like a guru to the men thinks he is intelligent. He tells him, "It jus' seems kinda funny a cuckoo like him and a smart little guy like you travellin' together." This tells us that it is visible to the people around George that he is clever. George is very loyal to Lennie throughout the story and before it. He sticks with him and puts up with all the trouble he gets into and all the fuss he makes. ...read more.

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He is also a major part of everything that happens within the story. He brought Lennie to the ranch and got him the job, he got Lennie the puppy, he helped Lennie when he was in the fight with Curley, he told Lennie the dream and knew where the house was, and eventually he killed Lennie. I think Steinbeck wrote this character to add some depth to the story. You can take Lennie at face value he is a very "what you see is what you get" person but George is deep. You have to think about him and what he is thinking. His character leaves a lot to the imagination, which is really essential to the story. If George had been different I don't think I would have enjoyed the story as much as I did because George keeps things real he brings Lennie into proportion and makes the whole story believable whilst still being interesting. His interaction with other characters is very normal whereas Lennie's is different to what we see everyday and makes it hard for the reader to visualise the way he acts. George's character is easy to relate to people we know. Martha Ricketts Martha Ricketts 1 ...read more.

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This is a good example of a C grade essay, it is fluent, appropriate quotations are used and the candidate discusses personal opinions. I like how the candidate has added personal touches throughout the essay, s/he comments on their personal ...

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This is a good example of a C grade essay, it is fluent, appropriate quotations are used and the candidate discusses personal opinions. I like how the candidate has added personal touches throughout the essay, s/he comments on their personal opinions and how they felt about the story, which is a nice addition. The Candidate answers the set statement reasonably well as s/he goes into sufficient depth and detail and uses quotations to describe George physical appearance as well as his feelings and his personality.

Level of analysis

The essay could be improved by adding information found from independent research, the candidate could discuss the lonely nature of itinerant ranch workers and the ‘Great depression’ that hit America at the time this novel was written. This would show further interest in the novel and make the essay more appealing to the reader. The candidate does select appropriate quotations to describe George's character and s/he attempts to analyse these by discussing the reasons behind George’s actions and in particular his feelings for Lennie. The level of analysis could be improved by further discussion of the relationship between George an Lennie for example Lennie is rather childlike in his behaviour therefore they have somewhat of a father/son relationship, this could lead to discussion of George’s role as caretaker and how this sometimes makes him feel frustrated. This relationship is also shown as they wear similar clothes and when they are by the lake in the beginning, Lennie tries to imitate George’s actions, he want to be like him, in the same sort of way that a small child idolises someone.

Quality of writing

Unfortunately the candidate fails to discuss the use of linguistic techniques such as onomatopoeia, metaphors and the use of colloquialism. I would expect to see these terms used by a high level candidate. Overall the candidate uses punctuation appropriately, they have an average range of vocabulary and there are only a few issues with spelling and grammar.


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