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Of Mice And Men : The relationship between Lennie and George

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Introduction

Of Mice And Men : The relationship between Lennie and George Of Mice and Men is a novel written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. Based on Steinbeck's own experiences as a bindlestiff in the 1920s, the title is taken from Robert Burns's poem, To a Mouse, which read: "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley."As the novel is revolved around the two characters, one of the things that stand out the most is the relationship both the characters share with each other and how it appears to be of a strong bond, even with the obstacles that gets thrown their way. ...read more.

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George also does the thinking for them both within the team, for example, when they first arrive in the ranch, George makes sure that Lennie keeps his mouth shut when they talk to the boss. He is just making sure that Lennie doesn't say something stupid and out of turn which could strip the men off their jobs. This goes to show that John Steinbeck wanted to illustrate to us how two guys with totally contradictory attributes can be such great friends and make such a great team. The relationship is also made of resentment, which is only felt by George. He realizes how Lennie is holding him back from an easy life and how most of the time, George does nothing but get Lennie out of trouble. He doesn't seem to have any fun of his own. ...read more.

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This shows the love and companionship that they both share is truly very valuable. Later on throughout the story Lennie asks George to "tell about the rabbits" and George shows us the brilliant companionship the two men share. "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place... with us it aint like that. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us... if them other guys get in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us." After George's speech, Lennie breaks in exclaiming, "... an' why? Because I got you to look after me and you got me to look after you..." Lennie's interruption shows passion inside him for the relationship they share, and also shows us loyalty between the two men, which wouldn't have been expected of any man back in those times. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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