How Does Steinbeck Develop George As A Patient Man

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When citizens act in a way that is not similar to the customary to the usual behaviors of society, it gives its peers an opportunity to become aware of their behavior. Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, focuses around the lives of the migrant workers, George and Lennie, as they work at a farm ranch in Soledad, California, during the Great Depression. Throughout the novel, it is clear that Lennie has a mental disability, hindering his ability to function in society. Remarkably, George stays with his companion and takes care of him, even though it was uncommon to stay with the mentally disabled, during the 1930s. In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck purposely uses dialogue to develop George as a patient man, full of tolerance, to contrast with his environment to create the …show more content…

On page 43, George states his love and care for Lennie, though Lennie does not obey George after taking the dog out of the barn when it should be sleeping, “Awright. You get him back there quick, and don’ you take him out no more.”Throughout all of this, George is patient with Lennie and sees Lennie “jes like a kid” that needs to be taken care of and rebuked. Later in the story, Lennie kills Curley’s Wife and George tells Curley not to kill Lennie because George believes Lennie did not know what he was doing through the phrases “Don’t shoot ‘im” and “He di’n’t know what he was doing.”These phrases were used support two important ideas: George is willing to belittle his friend in order to save him from punishment, which reveals his love for Lennie, and they also establish the idea that George would not punish Lennie if he had found him after this event because of his profound love for his companion. By using language elements, specifically dialogue, John Steinbeck is able to create George as a patient man, who is able to put up with the bothersome and unacceptable behavior of his partner,

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