Is Lennie Sympathetic

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This book is called Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men is about two friends named George and Lennie, who try to get their own American Dream. To achieve this, Lennie and George work for some people who are extremely rude to them. George always has to look out for Lennie and would do so much better without him but still sticks with him. Along the way, they meet a lot of friends and even some trouble. In the process of making Lennie sympathetic, Steinbeck did a great job by making him look helpless and how Lennie keeps apologizing after he does something. Therefore, Lennie can be sympathetic in many ways. Steinbeck makes him look extraordinarily helpless. On page 5, George says to Lennie, “Think I’d let you carry your own work…show more content…
One day, he was talking with Curley 's wife and stroked her hair. He kept stroking and then she started screaming. So then Lennie panicked and put his and over her mouth ad told her to stop screaming. On page 91, Lennie did a seriously horrific act. It says, “He shook her; and her body flopped like a fish. And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck.” This shows how Lennie killed her when he didn 't even mean to. He just wanted to stay out of trouble from George. Lennie is a static character. He never changed to make things better. He kept getting into trouble and making the situation worse. George would always have to get him out of his troubles. After he would do something awful, he would always apologize and say that he didn 't mean to do it. But he says that every time and doesn 't change. On page 103, Lennie says to George, “I done another bad thing.” He says this after he killed the puppy and Curley’s wife. He feels dreadful about it, but just can 't change it. That is why Lennie is a static character. Although Lennie acts childish, people can still learn from him. He has been exceedingly nice to some people like Crook and doesn 't care about what skin color they have or their previous reputation. He cares about people and can be very helpful. But all in all, Steinbeck was successful by making Lennie sympathetic and someone to look up to
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