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Why do George and Lennie travel together?

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Of Mice and Men Why do George and Lennie travel together? During this essay on Of Mice and Men I will contemplate why George and Lennie travel together, I will look at their personalities, lifestyles and equally the lives of other characters in the first two chapters. Of Mice and Men is a story of an unusual friendship between two nomadic workers. It was set in the depression of the 1930's in California in a place called Soledad. Men travelled around looking for any work they could find, they had to leave their families and homes just to make some money, which was usually spent at brothels. "Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake, and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're poundin' their tail on some other ranch. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to." The character George is described as a small, quick man with well defined features. He dreams of one day saving enough money to buy his own place and being his own boss, although many men in the depression dreamed of this. ...read more.


This again associates Lennie with being a child as he has been distracted from what he originally set out to do. George asks for the mouse but Lennie denies he has one, "You gonna give me that mouse or do I have to sock you?" "Give you what, George?" George outstretched his hand demanding that Lennie gives him the mouse. Steinbeck describes Lennie "...like a terrier who doesn't want to bring a ball to its master..." This again is ironic because Steinbeck has used a small, snappy dog to describe Lennie but Lennie is not like that. George then gets angry and snaps his fingers, "George snapped his fingers sharply, and at the sound Lennie laid the mouse in his hand." This quote links back to George being the master and Lennie the animal. George through the mouse into the darkening brush and called out to Lennie, "You crazy fool. Don't you think I could see your feet was wet where you went acrost the river to get it?" as a result of George telling Lennie off and calling him names Lennie started crying. George says, "Blubberin' like a baby! Jesus Christ! A big guy like you." Again Lennie is acting like a young child, sobbing due to George not letting him keep the mouse. ...read more.


During their interview with the boss, George explains the reasons they left their previous job in Weed and almost succeeding to keep Lennie's mouth shut. The boss is suspicious of George and calls him a "wise guy". He suspects George is trying to put one over him. "...What you trying to put over?" He agrees to give them a job, he says "All right. But don't try to put nothing over, 'cause you can't get away with nothing. I seen wise guys before..." George tells the boss that the only reason he is travelling with Lennie is because they are cousins and he promised Lennie's "old lady" he would take care of him. As Lennie got kicked in the head by a horse when he was a youngster, which as a result, made him a little dumb. However, George tells Slim that the reason he travels around with Lennie is because they look out for each other "We kinda look after each other." George also says that Lennie is a magnificent worker and that he is a surprisingly nice person, although he does say Lennie is not bright. George says he has known Lennie for ages and that he enjoys travelling with someone you know. In conclusion I believe George and Lennie travel together because they are both lonely men who need someone to be with. They need one another to survive, to live, to try and make their dream come true. 1 1 Tom Fenton ...read more.

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