Of Mice And Men : The relationship between Lennie and George

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Of Mice And Men : The relationship between Lennie and George

Of Mice and Men is a novel written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. Based on Steinbeck's own experiences as a bindlestiff in the 1920s, the title is taken from Robert Burns's poem, To a Mouse, which read: "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley."As the novel is revolved around the two characters, one of the things that stand out the most is the relationship both the characters share with each other and how it appears to be of a strong bond, even with the obstacles that gets thrown their way. Their connection is of many different kinds and I shall list in detail a few of the many types of friendship that they share.

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One of the first things that strikes out about their relationship is the fact that in almost every way, George Milton and Lennie Small are exactly the opposite. Firstly, Lennie is the bigger of the two yet George has the brains and is much much cleverer than Lennie. George, in the novel, is referred to as “Small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features… Small strong hands, slender arms and a thin and boney nose.” The word “small” is used often to describe him and his features. Whereas Lennie on the other hand is “A ...

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