Lennie In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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George said quietly, “What the heck you yellin’ about?”
Lennie got up on his knees. “You ain’t gonna leave me George, I know you ain’t.”
George came stiffly near and sat down beside him. “No.”
“I knowed it,” Lennie cried. “You ain’t that kind.”
George was silent.
Lennie said, “George.”
“I done another bad thing.”
“It don’t make no difference,” George said, and he fell silent again (103).
This is the conversation between George and Lennie (before George kills him) that shows that they had a true connection arguably stronger than anyone else in the story. In the book, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Lennie and George had travelled together since they were children. They had an amazingly strong alliance, and whether tested by prejudice or having to run from the law, aggressive guys or overly clingy girls, it remained true to the end. …show more content…

George understood Lennie had mental setbacks and he knew that some would prey on him because of this. George made sure no one hurt Lennie, and protected him when his only family, his Aunt Clara, passed away, as he explains in chapter three in a conversation with Slim, “I knowed his Aunt Clara. She took him when he was a baby and raised him up. When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin’. Got kinda used to each other after a little while” (40). George could’ve abandoned Lennie at any point and left him on his own, but he stayed with him until his (literally) bitter ending. They never gave up on each other. Every time they arrived at a new or dangerous situation, George stood up for Lennie and protected him, whatever the consequences, which is a quality of true friendship. While it’s true that George did kill Lennie and some would argue against that being a true friendship, George ended Lennie’s life out of kindness and love and to put him out of current and future misery and

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