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What Do We Learn Of The Characters of George, Lennie And One Other Character?

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Introduction

What Do We Learn Of The Characters of George, Lennie And One Other Character? (40 Minutes) From the opening chapter we have a distinct understanding of the two most prominent characters George and Lennie. George conveys a figure of fatherhood and is wise, hard-working and a man of many dreams. Similarly Lennie is hard working, but additionally he is an animal - like figure whose passion for animals and lack of knowledge tends to frustrate George who is trying to convert his dream of freedom from theory into existence. Additionally from when we are first introduced to Slim, we immediately learn that he all - knowing and a man of good - character, whose respect received from others in the bunkhouse has lead him to have great authority. ...read more.

Middle

Lennie is described as a 'huge man' who 'walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws.' At first we think that Lennie is a dangerous and possibly violent - natured man, because of his animal like description compared him to a bear, a wild and ferocious creature. Similarly we are told that he 'drank with long gulps, snorting in the water like a horse'. Once again Lennie is compared to an animal, this time he is 'snorting like a horse'. Horses are relevant because they have little knowledge and are used to carry heavy objects whilst following orders, which similarly are features that describe Lennie. ...read more.

Conclusion

As a father does with his young child, George is sometimes frustrated with Lennie, and almost wishes that Lennie had more knowledge so that he would not be as troublesome. He says: 'I could get along so easy and nice if I didn't have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl.' George is clearly frustrated at Lennie and describes him as a burden, which upset him and resulted in his head being hung 'dejectedly'. When he realises that Lennie is hurt, he apologizes and exclaims to himself, 'Poor bastard', showing us that Lennie is passionate towards Lennie, but sometimes cannot control his anger. GCSE English 'Of Mice And Men' Summer Vacation Ravi Dewji 10/11S ...read more.

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