Chapter 1 Cruelty & Isolation Q: “’God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble… An’ whatta I got,’ George went on furiously. ‘I got you! You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get... You crazy son-of-a-bitch… I wisht I could put you in a cage with about a million mice an’ let you have fun.’” (Steinbeck 10). C: This is an aha-moment for George as he is realizing what he could do without Lennie. Lennie kept annoying George by taking dead mice and forgetting where they were going. Then when he asked George for ketchup, George grew very frustrated with him. He went on to talk about how he could live so much better without Lennie and how Lennie was always something that was holding George back from the potential he had. This is showing cruelty because during this time, it seems that …show more content…
The Boss is very confused by George & Lennie’s relationship and it does not occur to him that George and Lennie are close friends. This shows how in those times it was normal for everybody to be isolated from each other and for everybody to only care about themselves. Kindness & Importance of Friendship Q: “’We travel together,’ said George coldly. ‘Oh, so it’s that way.’ George was tense and motionless. ‘Yea, it’s that way.’” (Steinbeck 24) C: The quote shows that George was willing to defend Lennie from anyone. When Curley tried to talk to Lennie and George answered for him, Curley seemed almost angry about this. He started talking to George in a harsh way and while George could’ve easily just backed off and let Lennie talk to this tough person, he stood up for Lennie and talked back to Curley. This will be significant to the story because now Curley knows that Lennie and George will stand up for each other and he will not challenge either one of them. This quote shows how strong their friendship
First, let’s start out with the fact that Lennie and George were like family and George knew what was best for Lennie. They did everything together and George has always been there for him. Lennie said, “An’ I got you. We got each other, that’s what, that gives a hoot in hell about us” (Steinbeck 104).
“if George sees me talkin’ to you he’ll give me hell” (87). Lennie doesn’t understand that some of his actions are morally wrong. When George gets upset, Lennie becomes increasingly hard on himself, which causes more damage.
“An’ s’pose they lock him up and strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain’t no good, George” (Steinbeck 97) Also, George was aware that Curley would brutally murder him and that he needed to end it quickly. Lennie had to be stopped from accidentally hurting others because if George did not act, the number of Lennie's unintentional victims would keep rising.
Soledad, California is where John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men takes place. A tale of two friends George Milton and Lennie Smalls trying to reach a what most people during that time had , a dream that was with each passing day seemed more and more impossible. Through his writing Steinbeck illustrates his characters personalities , particularly Lennie, who is kind loyal and innocent , through their dialogue and actions. Lennie Smalls is described as “a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders” (Steinbeck 2) in contrast to his partner the bony and defined George Milton. His appearance comes off as frightening but is soon shown to be mentally disabled, giving off a wave of innocence.
George sacrifices the chance to have a better and more fulfilled life to stay with Lennie. First, when George was introducing himself and Lennie to their new boss, he said, “I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy.” This shows that George was portraying that he cares about Lennie enough to be picked up on by others. He was willing to lie about being Lennie’s cousin to get him a job. Also, when George and Lennie were talking to each other at their camp spot George said, “I could get along so easy and nice If I didn’t have you on my tail.”
After all the anger that George has shown towards Lennie, he utters these words now so Lennie can die with a sense of peace. George does not want to pull the trigger, but he knows that the further consequences of Lennie’s actions will only worsen. To save Lennie from Curley’s wrath, possible imprisonment, and perhaps years of suffering, George takes Lennie’s
This proves that Lennie is innocent and that Curley is the one who caused his own unfortunate incident in the bunkhouse. The quotation shows that George is even more to blame than Lennie is because George was the one that told him to do it, and that Lennie proclaimed that he did not want to hurt
(pg. 22). Since Lennie is mentally challenged and can’t think fast enough, he relies on George to tell him what to do. Curley had turned on Lennie by punching him; and protect himself, Lennie had grabbed Curley’s hand and crushed with his own hand. Lennie felt bad for what he did so George
As it could be seen, Lennie had to constantly deal with the harsh verbal abuse and sometime physical violence. George knew that his tormenting actions and exploitations were hurting Lennie, yet he continued his ways. On another occasion George could be seen screaming “So you forgot that awready, did you? I gotta tell you again, do I” (Steinbeck )? Why would you maliciously attack the memory of an autistic/mentally handicapped individual?
(Steinbeck 14) This shows that George and Lennie take care of one another by saying that they got each other. They both agreed that they will be there for each other and look after each other no matter what. “Look Lennie if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before I want you to come right here and hide in the bush.”
It is evident that George’s actions and words towards Lennie are selfless or caring represented by Lennie’s mental disability, his troublesome behavior, the life George could have without him, and why George kills him. It seems like George and Lennie are always on the run. George and Lennie state, “An’ you ain’t gonna do no bad
George tries to defend Lennie after the rest of the ranch workers find out what he has done to Curley’s wife. He explains that Lennie cannot help getting himself into dreadful situations, but he has never done them on purpose. This quote ultimately proves that