How Does Lennie Depend On Each Other

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When we rely on others, often we can't be independent and to become independent we have to learn that it is better to let go of some people. Throughout the story “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, he displays how depending too much on someone can be unhealthy and it can make letting them go even harder. Being dependent on others isn’t a bad thing, however, when it gets to a certain level it can be unhealthy for both people. George and Lennie are an example of how being too dependent on the other is not healthy. They have always been together and that's why they depend on each other so much. Steinbeck uses multiple literary devices like characterization, repetition, and word choice to convey the message that letting go of people is hard, but …show more content…

They have always made plans not to be separated. George and Lennie would depend on each other in different ways. Steinbeck uses characterization to describe George and Lennie's behaviors. “Because… because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you “ (Steinbeck 14) describes how they always rely on each other. The line represents Lennie's fondness for George and how Lennie always knew he could depend on Geoge. Lennie has obviously memorized this line because it has been said so many times to him. Lennie's character is someone who relies on George. When you start to depend on someone you never think ahead. There's always a “backup” so there's no need to. This is how George and Lennie would think throughout the beginning of the book. They would always think they would be together so that's why they became dependent on each other. “You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get …show more content…

The relationship George and Lennie had was not healthy. Because they relied and depended on each other too much it created an unhealthy relationship Steinbeck uses repetition to describe the repeated unhealthiness of their relationship. For example, “But he never hurt her” expresses how George is always toning down Lennie's actions (Steinbeck 42). He never allows Lennie to recognize his wrongdoings. He isn’t able to be independent because George's actions aren’t allowing him to be. This relates to letting go of someone because George is not willing to let go of Lennie. Because he is not letting Lennie learn from his actions he creates an unhealthy relationship of always depending on the other. Another example is Lennie constantly telling George “I didn’t wanna” when he doesn’t want to do an action. However, because their relationship is like this Lennie does things he doesn’t want to do. The repetition of Lennie saying he doesn't wish to describes the toxic relationship he had with George. Since he has always relied on George for everything he doesn’t know when to not listen to him. Blindly doing what another person wants is not healthy but because Lennie has depended on George for so long he does whatever the other says. Lenne does all this because he doesn’t wish for George to leave him, and that relates to the message because it shows that being dependent on another person is unhealthy. It presents

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