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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
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Relationship between George and Lennie in Of Mice of Men

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Introduction

Discuss the Relationship between George and Lennie in the book "Mice of Men" The novel, "Of Mice of Men" portrays the deep relationship of George and Lennie. As the book progresses, the reader plunges deeper into their relationship. The curiosity of George and Lennie friendship is intriguing for the reader and is very thought-provoking for the reader as it very complex and full of twists and turns. Undoubtedly, George has come to like Lennie and feels a sense of duty and responsibility towards him. Lennie needs George, but it is equally true that George needs Lennie as well. George was also a harsh, mean and derogatory to Lennie, however, it is also very evident that George never left Lennie despite his life would have mean much easier without him. Lennie is George's hardship, but George loves him regardless. Since the death of Lennie's Aunt Clara, George took it upon himself to take responsibility of him and his special needs by finding him jobs, feeding him, and making sure he is safe. Their mutual dependence on one another is what keeps George and Lennie together. Lennie stays with George because he has no other option. His only family, his aunt, has passed away, and he has the mind of a very young child.

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...I could stay in a cat house all night. I could eat any place I want, hotel... get a gallon of whisky...", if he were alone his life would be much easier and free, in addition to this George has to get Lennie out of numerous situations throughout the length of the book. As well as protecting Lennie, George also stood up for him when others said harsh things about him, or when they threatened to harm him. One time Slim claimed that he thought Lennie was a "cuckoo" and wondered why George traveled with him. In response, George defended Lennie, and he explained to Slim that although Lennie wasn't very bright, he surely wasn't crazy. He also added that it's not that strange for two guys to be traveling with one another and that he and Lennie grew up together and just got used to each other after awhile. After Lennie killed Curley's wife, George told Candy that he won't let them hurt Lennie, and he also pleaded with Curley not to shoot and kill him. He tries to explain to him that Lennie didn't mean any harm and that he didn't know any better.

Conclusion

George Is constantly reminding Lennie how lucky they both are to have each other. George was cruel to Lennie at times, continuously told Lennie that life would be easier without him, but he did in fact care about him and his well being. In the book, there are many instances proving that George cared about Lennie. There are some occasions, which are evident of the fact that George does nice things for Lennie to make him happy. George knew that Lennie had always wanted a puppy of his own, so when he learned that Slim's dog just had a litter he asked Slim himself if Lennie could have one. George used to lead Lennie on, telling him to do things he wasn't capable of, such as telling Lennie to jump into the Sacramento River, just to impress a group of guys. Lennie did jump in, despite the fact he couldn't swim at all. He almost drowned and it was a while before Lennie could be pulled out. After he was pulled out, he was incredibly grateful to George for pulling him out, completely oblivious to the fact that it was George who told him who primarily told him to jump in.

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The student shows thorough knowledge and understanding of the novel and of the relationship between George and Lennie. In an exam, it is important to be clear and concise. One weakness of this essay is that it is a bit repetitive and that the ideas are a little muddled. Try and plan the response before starting to write. Learn some of the bits of the story so that you can include direct and indirect quotes (particularly in a 'closed book' exam).

Marked by teacher Melissa Thompson 26/03/2013

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