When presented with one of Slims dogs new pups, he gets overly excited and tries to smuggle the pup into the cabin. Upon being caught by George he pleads with him explaining that he “ Didnt mean no harm” and he “jus’ wanted to pet ‘um a little” ( Steinbeck ) Lennie wouldn't harm a soul. He is kind with no thought of repercussions. Lennie though intimidating in stature is the child like, innocent, Kind and Lola characters in the novel. Steinbeck illustrates this through Lennie's choice of words and his limited actions.
Lennie had trouble remembering things, “...tried and tried [to remember}... but it didn’t do no good.” What if Lennie forgets to pay his rent or forgets to buy food. Lennie is simply incapable of handling himself. “I done another bad thing. It don’t make no difference”, Lennie had just accidentally killed a woman and refers to it as just a “bad thing”. Lennie’s mind works like a child’s and almost everything he does confirms that.
Lennie’s kindness affects how people within story treat him. He gains the company of George who looks after him and it makes the ending all the harder to accept. This is because of his kind heart and how he doesn’t mean to do the bad things he does do. The second character trait Lennie possesses is innocence. One way Lennie is described as is innocent.
Lennie’s pup relies on him like Lennie relies on George. George has to guide Lennie like Lennie has to guide and discipline the dog. Steinbeck uses symbolism to communicate the ideas of false hope, true nature, and dependence. Steinbeck also uses repetition in the novel Of Mice and Men. “Live off the fat of the lan” Steinbeck constantly is using the phrase live off the lan.
Even with support from George, he was less than human. He had a mental capacity similar to an animal, this was portrayed in his descriptions where he was compared to a bear and when he acted like a dog and in the way that he habitually associated himself with other animals, the mice and puppies. Steinbeck’s portrayal of Lennie and his life additionally demonstrates that there is no mercy for anyone who cannot keep up with the rest of society. You must work to make money and be successful and you must understand and abide by the laws in order to be accepted into the world and lead a productive life. Anyone who is unable to do so will be conquered by natural selection.
Demitri hines Period 3 1/30/2018 In John Steinbeck 's classic novela of Mice and Men, we see the character Lennie smalls descending into the stereotype of being handicapped. During the time of the great depression the handicapped never reach there American dream. Steinbeck crafts Lennie a sincerely mentally handicapped man, as an archetype the mentally handicapped in our society in order to imply that the type of people are excluded from the american dream. Lennie doesn 't get to accomplish his american dream due to him being mentally handicapped, but also gets in trouble even though he doesnt mean to. Esspecally when Lennie kills curlys wife.
Though George is very forgiving towards Lennie when he unintentionally makes their life more burdensome , Lennie is still left with guilt. This shame is so heavy , that it leads him to have visions of his deceased Aunt Clara telling him that “‘All the time [George] coulda had such a good time if it wasn’t for you...But he got to take care of you’” (99). Lennie’s guilty visions portray Steinbeck’s opinion on the role of society to the helpless by accentuating how truly helpless Lennie is. Lennie’s inability to control his actions
A lot Lennie's actions are bear like, such as down at the Salinas River, 'Lennie dabbled his big paw' Pg3 Next Lennie is described as a bear because of his big appearance and super strength. Thirdly, Steinbeck explains that Lennie is like a terrier because he likes to hold onto things; which links to why he couldn't let go of Curley's wife's hair. Steinbeck uses the quotation 'Slowly like a terrier who doesn't want to bring a ball to its master.' Pg10 To show that Lennie only let's go when told by his master, George even if he doesn't want to. This was proven first with the mouse at the River and again when Curley punched Lennie and George shouted 'get 'im Lennie!'
The book is about Two guys, George and Lennie, that are migrant farm workers in the 1930’s. Lennie has a mental disability that makes him have memory loss, low mental intelligence, and acts like a child. He is a huge, exceedingly strong man with a love for soft things. He is constantly getting into a lot of trouble (acidental murder), and his best friend George has to protect him. Steinbeck’s purpose of making Lennie have a mental disability/disorder is to demonstrate how screwed up society is.
Yet due to his mental disability, he does not understand the consequences of his actions. Because of this, he cannot control his strength. His lack of empathy results in unintentional damage to those around him. Compared to other characters, Lennie is not as high up on the social ladder. This is since he is unable to see possible outcomes from his decisions.