George and Lennie- COmparison and Contrast

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David Urlanda

George and Lennie (Comparison and Contrast)

In the novel Of Mice and Men, the main characters George and Lennie were brought up closed to us. Through the first several pages of the book, these two characters were visualized. “George was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin body and nose.”  While Lennie the opposite of George, “is a huge man, shapeless of face, with large pale eyes and with sloping shoulders.”  John Steinbeck describes these two characters as the opposite of each other. He describes Lennie as big man who thinks just like a child, and George as a small and a strong man.

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Steinbeck differentiates George and Lennie from each other on their mental and physical appearance and strength, George a small man and his opposite Lennie a huge man. In their physical appearance George was visualized with defined body parts and with strong features while Lennie with a shapelss face. In terms of mental ability, Steinbeck said that Lennie has a mild mental disorder that made him the weakest character in the novel. While George, compared to Lennie, he is the boss, he decides on everything they will do and Lennie depends on what he say.

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** 2 STARS This has the potential to be a good essay as the writer clearly understands and knows the main themes of the novel. Some good quotes are used but PEA is needed throughout the essay. Topic sentences should be used at the beginning of every paragraph which introduce the topic to be discussed and refer to the question. It is not enough to merely retell the story.