Injury In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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To protect means to keep safe from harm or injury. Throughout the entire novel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George is very protective over Lennie. Although the two men are not related, George is like a father or an older brother to Lennie. He always looks out for Lennie and makes sure he doesn’t get into trouble. Many times in the text George mentions that he would be better off with Lennie. Contrasting his own words, George’s ideal future includes Lennie. Lennie’s death in the end of the novel was inevitable. George is a fatherly figure to Lennie. Before they get to the ranch, George tells Lennie that if he gets in trouble, like he has in the past, to back to that brush. George wanted to ensure that he could find Lennie if something bad were to happen. When the two men get to their new job and meet the boss, George answers the questions that the boss asks Lennie. George wants him to see Lennie work before he hears him speak so that he knows the boss will keep him. As stated in the story, “George broke in loudly,…show more content…
In the story it states, “‘When I think of the swell time I could have without you, I go nuts. I never get no peace’” (Steinbeck 12). This demonstrates the thought that George often thinks about how life could be better if Lennie wasn’t his problem. In reality, George’s perfect future includes Lennie. His and Lennie’s dream is to own a small ranch, be their own bosses, and work off the fat of the land. This is the ideal American Dream and George can’t picture himself living it without Lennie. This is perfect for them because they wouldn’t have to run anymore and they couldn’t get fired. In the story George says, “‘No--look! I was jus’ foolin’, Lennie. ‘Cause I want you to stay with me’” (Steinbeck 13). This quotation reassures Lennie that although George says Lennie is a hassle, he still wants to be with
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