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What do we learn about the characters of George and Lennie in Chapter 1 of Mice and Men?

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Introduction

Of Mice and Men What do we learn about the characters of George and Lennie in Chapter 1 of ?Mice and Men?? The novel introduces George and Lennie as strangers as if it?s getting to know them like we are. They walk on into the clearing, which turns out to be a significant place for the novel, in single file suggesting they are not equal or they are being wary. They are dressed identically in a kind of typical Depression era worker in denim. The two men are described as opposites, George, small and defined and Lennie, big and clumsy. We see this when just walking he nearly runs over George. ...read more.

Middle

Look what I done.? George is like a father to Lennie, ironic as Lennie is so childlike in his manner. He is forgiving and responsible like a father should be, and often as we see later lies about his relationship with Lennie, to say they are related to make it less suspicious that they travel around together. It sometimes seems like George doesn?t need Lennie but in retrospect, Lennie stops George becoming just like all the other guys who travel around on their own and who ?ain?t no good. They don?t have no fun. After a long time they get mean. They get wantin? to fight all the time.? Lennie also helps George get jobs (he also helps him lose jobs) ...read more.

Conclusion

Lennie has such an innocent mind, he doesn?t realise how his actions affects others, and cannot control his enormous strength, an ominous combination. George is very good at thinking ahead and knows the threat Lennie poses so tells Lennie to hide in the brush if he gets into trouble. This makes us feel the unavoidable force of Fate and misfortune following Lennie. The chapter draws to a close the way it started with nature with an overwhelming sense of nature?s power. It is ironic how Lennie and George end the chapter with a happy, peaceful night under the stars dreaming of their ranch of their very own, when thaw don?t realise all they need to be happy is each other. It is also ironic how happy and peaceful George and Lennie are by the pool that happens to be the place where Lennie is killed at George?s hands. ...read more.

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