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Do you agree that Lennie is always incapable of taking responsibility for his actions? You should refer closely to Lennie's words, to events and to the actions and opinions of other characters in your answer. Throughout the majority of the novel, Steinbeck demonstrates how Lennie relies on George to help him out of the dire, tense situations he brings upon himself. Steinbeck conveys this image of Lennie by producing this by frequent reoccurring events, Lennie's actions or even implicit use of speech from or even directed at Lennie. At the opening section of the book, Steinbeck chooses to show us the large contrast between George and Lennie; he describes how Lennie "flung himself down" "snorting into the water like a horse." The use of crude descriptive words such as "flung" or "snorting" suggests just how careless Lennie can be. This compares Lenny to an animal which instinctively lashes at the sight of something they want without thinking logically at all. And with this, the readers taste the first time at which how reliant Lennie is of George. Steinbeck chooses to have George say that Lennie will "be sick like you was last night." By mentioning "last night", the reader learns that Lennie must regularly make stupid mistakes like this. It is made very apparent how Lennie is unable to take responsibility for his actions when he crushes Curley's hand. ...read more.


This can symbolize how weak and inexperienced Lennie is since he is also new to this aggression he is receiving likewise to a new born pup is to the world. At this stage, Slim sees how vulnerable and useless he is and "jumped up" to help. The impact the moment is causing on the other workers watching is shown to be so big that the respected Slim is even shaken conveyed by "jumped up." It shows how emotions inside Slim were building up until they finally "jumped" out of him in an explosion. Steinbeck does this to show how useless Lennie can be in these situations so that even people around him who have known him for a few hours understand how dependent he is. However, Lennie with George's guidance was able to do something however his actions shows the reader once again just how unintentionally irresponsible he can be. At first the description of Lennie's attack is just that Curley's "fist was lost in Lennie's big hand". It isn't very dramatic at this point and just seems like Lennie stops Curley from attacking him. For example, it could of been described using dramatic words such as: Curley's hand was absolutely crushed causing him to scream with agony however it uses the word "disappear" to relieve all the tension that may of built up; this may be done to cause a greater impact later on. ...read more.


And after he causes the death of Curley's wife, his fears remained the same. At that point, "he pawed up the hay until it partly covered her" and left for the place where George told him to go if anything wrong happened. The fact that Lennie crudely leaves the body openly "partly" hidden in the barn shows how little concern he has for the bigger picture. The way Lennie only "partly" hides the corpse shows what little concern he has almost to the extent where it becomes ridiculous as all he can think of is go to the rendezvous part and have George help him yet again. Up until the beginning of section 6, Lennie has acted irresponsibly and ironically, he begins to think accordingly to the situation only when it is too late. Opposed to how he "flung" himself around in section 1, Lennie went through the bushes to the meeting place "as silently as a creeping bear moves". He also "drank, barely touching his lips to the water" opposed to how he was "snorting" it like a horse. Steinbeck uses the same location to create a strong contrast between the juxtaposition used here. As he crept "silently" and drank "barely" touching the water, these two words emphasise how carefully he is acting. Steinbeck deliberately does this to emphasise how late it is for him to be responsible and coordinated. And even so, it is George once again who has to take the real responsibility to shoot him. ...read more.

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