In the novel “Of Mice and Men” by Steinbeck, the character Lennie Small is an important key to understand Steinbeck’s purpose. Lennie’s personality, his relationship with George, his mental problems and his physical attributes are critical factors in the novel. Lennie’s personality is like that of a child. He is so innocent and childish that he can’t understand important things in life. Lennie is like a little boy; he makes things that little kids make.
Today you will learn about how John Steinbeck symbolizes his characters like, George,Lennie, and Crooks. George cares about lennie because he traveled with him to the ranch. John Steinbeck wants the american dream to seem foolish because he has people talk about owning a ranch/ people lost all of their money. People lost all of their money do to the stock market crashes in 1926. George takes care of Lennie by making sure he has food in the woods/ “telling him where he needs to go to hide if he gets in trouble (15).”George tells Lennie to to stay away from Curley’s wife.
George is still portrayed as someone who cares for Lennie but is rather bothered by his constant mistakes. 2. While in the barn, Curley’s wife vents to Lennie how she hates being married to Curley. How he is exceedingly controlling and never lets her talk to any of the other men. That she only married him because he seemed nice.
His face was concentrated. ‘I… I ain’t gonna say a word.’ ‘Good boy! That’s fine Lennie’” (Steinbeck 15). Regarding social altercations, like the pair meeting their new boss, George require that Lennie be silent due to his mental ailment. What is more troubling is the treatment of Lennie as if he
During most of the story we can tell that Lennie focuses on things like his dream of tending the rabbits; and he is always trying to make George happy, for example by letting him have all of the imaginary ketchup so George could eat his beans with it. It’s safe to say that George can find Lennie a bit annoying at times. What will help us understand why Lennie and George are such good friends it this quote: “I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you.” What this means is that Lennie need someone to look after him, and George need someone to care
Lennie experiences some abuse throughout the book through George, Curley’s wife, and Crooks. George is a great example of taking advantage of someone who has disabilities because of the fact that they do not know better. George abused Lennie’s inability of processing when he would tease Lennie. Knowing that Lennie could not defend himself, he would mentally beat him up. He did this all for personal entertainment reasons.
In the book Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, he uses a lot of animal imagery when talking about Lennie. The book is about two men who have traveled from Weed, California to a ranch in order to work. These men, George and Lennie, have a very interesting relationship, George, the more mature one, has to take care of Lennie and watch his every move so he will not get himself into trouble. Lennie is like a six year old boy in a grown man's body. Steinbeck does a great job of describing Lennie’s child and animal-like ways.
He compares Lennie to an animal during his fight with Curley, saying he, “covered his face with his huge paws and bleated with terror”(Steinbeck, 62). His comparison of Lennie shows the naturalist writer in him and explains that man is cruel and detrimental just like wildlife. Another example of Steinbeck’s honest tone is when George is trying to explain to the boss why Lennie isn’t speaking, saying, “I’m ain’t saying that he’s bright. He ain’t. But I say he’s a God damn good worker”(Steinbeck, 23).
George´s character knows he would have an easier time without Lennie but he sticks with him anyway, showing that companionship is worth the hardships. ¨’...if I was alone I could live so easy...no mess at all…’ George went on furiously. ‘I got you!...You get in trouble…I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I want you to stay with me”(12,14). The author uses the word “furiously” to show how angry George is that Lennie makes his life so hard.