How Is Lennie Presented In Of Mice And Men

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Regret is a horrible burden that hangs over all of us. In the novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, we see this theme frequently. The story starts with two men named George and Lennie who are best friends. George is a small slender man who although is scrawnier then Lennie he appears to be the brains of the two. Lennie on the other hand is Large, strong, but is mentally slow and cannot seem to fully comprehend all situations. Lennie loves to pet and hold soft things, whether it is a dead mouse, a nice dress, or even a puppy. Lennie also does not know his own strength, and these two characteristics that Lennie possesses makes him a somewhat dangerous man. George and Lennie head to a ranch so they can acquire enough money for their dream job of owning their own ranch, where Lennie can tend to the rabbits, and where no one is the in charge of them. At the farm they met many characters. Including Candy (a one-handed swamper who owns a dog), Carlson (a stubborn man who owns a gun), the boss of the ranch, Curley (a rude man who loves …show more content…

We see an example of George feeling regret on page 44. “Well, I ain’t done nothing like that no more.” George used to bully Lennie for no good reason. George bullied him because he could. One time George told Lennie to jump into a river, Lennie does of course because he is very loyal to George. Lennie almost drowned and died that day. That was the day when George realized that Lennie was his responsibility and he needed to care for him. Another quote is on page 118 “You hadda, George. I swear you hadda.” (Slim). George regrets killing Lennie because Lennie was his responsibility and George let him down. The only logical way that George thought he could help Lennie the best was to “put him down”. George regrets the fact that he could not have seen this happening earlier and leaving the ranch with Lennie before this

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