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Of Mice and Men - What do you find interesting about the presentation of George and Lennie in Part one?

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Introduction

Of Mice and Men. What do you find interesting about the presentation of George and Lennie in Part one? Two men wandered up from the highway, their entrance disturbing the peace and harmony of the deep, green forest. They approached in single file, one behind the other. Immediately it is obvious that George is the leader of the duo. Lennie follows George's lead, "even in the open." They are dressed identically, both wearing "denim trousers and denim coats with brass buttons." From first impressions it seems that the two are remarkably alike until Steinbeck physically describes them. George is a small, defined man, "quick and dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Lennie on the other hand is his complete opposite. He is "a huge man, shapeless of face, with large pale eyes and wide, sloping shoulders. Even in their movements they are complete opposites. George is quick and compact, he moves with confidence and composure. Lennie tries to do likewise but ends up walking "heavily, dragging his feet a little." ...read more.

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An example of this is when he and George have been travelling for several days and Lennie decides to ask, " George? Where we goin' George?" In many ways, Lennie is simply a child trapped inside a mans body. He is totally dependent on George, so much so that George feeds him and looks after all of his important possessions. He also admires George like a boy admires his father. He often seeks approval and imitates George's movements: "He imitated George exactly.... Looking over to see whether he had it just right." We also see that Lennie is tactile. He has an uncontrollable urge to touch things. This urge is so powerful that he carries a dead mouse around in his pocket, "I could pet it with my thumb while we walked along." All this further indicates that Lennie is simply 'not all there'. In chapter one we also learn Lennies life ambition- to tend his own rabbits! He is easily satisfied, he has no worries or burdens and goes from day to day following George's lead. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is also very realistic and cautious, George is a great planner, he doesn't leave things untended to . An example of this is when he organizes a place for Lennie to hide in case of trouble or danger. The relationship between George and Lennie is an interesting one, given their two different personalities and also the time they are living in. It is a very dependent relationship, both men need each other, although George seems unwilling to admit it. George's' attitude towards Lennie is cruel, but caring at the same time. He seems to take Lennie for granted and continually convinces himself that he is doing Lennie a favour and that Lennie is just a hindrance to him. "I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn't have you on my tail.... you keep me in hot water all the time!" Despite the peculiar nature of their relationship, George and Lennie are satisfied with what they have- a friendship in a world filled with lonelinss. Adam O' Donnell 11H ...read more.

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