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OF MICE AND MEN LOYALTY & PROTECTION I feel that loyalty and protection play a big part throughout the whole of this story, from the start right up to the very end. The first sign of loyalty in the book is when George tried to stop Lennie from drinking too much of the pond water in case he became ill. This showed that he felt responsible for Lennie's well being. "'Lennie for God' sakes don't drink so much' Lennie continued to snort in the pool and the small man leaned over and shook him by the shoulder 'Lennie. You going to be sick like you was last night.'" The novel goes on to explain that slow minded Lennie had cost them their previous jobs because he became innocently fascinated with a young girl's dress and frightened her. So the two men had to leave town quickly before a lynch mob found them. George could easily have left Lennie to the consequences, but he gave up his job to protect him and took him off to find another job in another town, Soledad. ...read more.


George is continually showing his frustration with Lennie, by telling him he could do much better without him. He could live a normal life and settle down with a wife and kids and a proper job and not be on the move all the time. Although he says this to Lennie, he knows that he would never leave him to do this. Curley's wife hangs around the workers looking for attention. George knows that she could cause a lot of problems for Lennie. "'She's purty' said Lennie defensively. 'Listen to me you crazy bastard' he said fiercely 'don't you even take a look at that bitch I don't care what she does. I seen 'em poison before, but I never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her. You leave her be.'" Because of what happened with the girl in Weed, George knew he had to keep Lennie away from her so he told him not to talk her at all. As the story goes on it continually shows George's loyalty to Lennie in many ways. ...read more.


The men from the ranch were out for Lennie's blood. If they caught him they would make him suffer greatly before being killed. George knows that and whilst keeping up the pretence of their dream to him, he shoots him in the back of the head to save him from the pain he would suffer when Curley and his men found him. The very last act of loyalty was when Slim helped George away and understood how bad he felt. There is a lot of loyalty throughout this book between various characters. But the strongest bond of loyalty and protection is between the two main characters, Lennie and George. Throughout the story George is loyal to Lennie by allowing him to travel with him and looking out for him everywhere they go. Lennie also is loyal and protective towards George and won't let anyone say anything bad about him. Sometimes Lennie loses hope on that loyalty by wondering if he should run away to live in a cave and leave George on his own to live his own life. But he never does this. ...read more.

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