In John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie share an unbreakable bond. The bond they share is based off of many obligations; such as guilt, love, and the fear of being alone. Despite their many obligations, they both possess many qualities that help to benefit each other. Their bond is justified throughout the novel by elaborating on their everyday life on the ranch and by conversation that occurs amongst George and Lennie. Lennie is a mentally unstable man who is not capable of properly taking care of himself, or making the best decisions in the situations that he is faced with throughout the novel.
Imagine being able to tell someone to do something and they did it, no matter how awful it was. In John Steinbeck's emotional novel, Of Mice and Men, a grown man named Lennie is mentally challenged has a hard time telling what is right and what is wrong. He has a caretaker named George who has a short temper, however he tries his best to be patient with him. When George loses his temper it often cause Lennie to want to run away. Through all this they share a dream home where they can leave and go to the circus whenever they want. George and Lennie, have the desire to escape, as well as facing reality, I decided to show this through a drawing.
And his friend George who takes care of him before and on the ranch, “Lennie smiled to himself. “strong as a bull,” he repeated. George scowled at him, and Lennie dropped his head in shame at having forgotten. ”(Steinbeck 22). Although Steinbeck does not say Lennie is disabled, it is implied through his actions, speech, and a short part of his younger life explained by George to another character, “I used to have a hell...lifted a finger against me,”(Steinbeck 40).
Lennie’s mental difficulties often frustrate George, and at times he lashes out at Lennie. When Lennie complains, George explodes, “‘Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want. God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy’”(Steinbeck 11). Lennie doesn’t understand that George can’t give him everything. At times, George gets angry that he always has to support Lennie, “‘You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get’”(11).
Lennie knew that his repetitive tendency to get in trouble took a toll on George, and Steinbeck does include details in the novel showing that Lennie was aware of George’s frustrations. For example, when Lennie runs away to hide in the forest right before the scene where George kills him, Lennie imagines a gigantic rabbit criticizing him, “ ‘Well he[George]’s sick of you,’ said the rabbit. ‘ He’s gonna beat the hell outta you an’ then go away an’ leave you.’... ’the rabbit repeated softly over and over, ‘He gonna leave you... He gonna leave ya all alone.’ ”
Steinbeck’s introduction of Lennie infers he has animalistic characteristics that he’s ‘a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders: and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws.’ Steinbeck’s vocabulary in this phrase teaches us a lot about Lennie, for example we can understand he is a physically big person from the adjectives like ‘huge’, ‘large’, and ‘wide’. Also describing his eyes as ‘pale’ could be indicative of the knowledge behind them, or more accurately the lack thereof. It suggests that in reality he has a tendency to be absent-minded. Within this description of Lennie, we come across the first piece of animal imagery, where Steinbeck presents Lennie as a bear who ‘drags his paws’.
John Steinbeck’s classic novella Of Mice and Men depicts a few days in the lives of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, in 1930s California. George is a cunning natural leader, and Lennie is his mentally handicapped traveling companion. Together, the two of them find work at a ranch in fertile Salinas Valley until Lennie accidentally strangles their hotheaded coworker’s wife. Though the two are incredibly different with regard to their roles and mental capacities, they in fact share some deeper similarities which help to illuminate meaning about the nature of fraternal companionship.
This relates back to naturalism, because Lennie gets himself into a situation that he cannot control. He does not understand that he has to be very careful with the puppy because it is so small, and he does not know his own strength. “What is clear is that Lennie’s body wins out over his mind repeatedly,- in the end with tragic consequences”(Keener 1215). Lennie is very kind- hearted, and never wants to hurt anyone. This quote explains that Lennie’s strength wins over his intentions.
The next horrible act Lennie commits is caused by his fantasies of rabbits which lead to a fight between him and Curley that ends with Curley’s hand being completely crushed by Lennie’s out of control strength. Lennie cries “I didn’t wanta hurt him” (Steinbeck 64) and George says “Lennie was jus’ scairt... he didn’t know what to do” (Steinbeck 65). This proves that Lennie does not mean to harm people but due to his challenged mind and physical power it is
This would not have made sense to the reader if Steinbeck had not included foreshadowing. In Of Mice and Men there are several events that show how much Lennie enjoys touching soft things. These events also show that he usually ends up hurting everything he pets
In the novel Of mice and men by John Steinback, it shows the special relationship between the two main characters, George and Lennie. George is like a father figure to Lennie because Lennie obeys what George tells him to do and George makes sure that Lannie is well protected. George has a more rocky relationship with Lennie. This is shown how in the beginning of the novel George says that his life would be easier without Lennie but later mentions, "No-look! Lennie I was jus foolin' , Lennie.
The novel Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, Steinbeck shows how power and control is used in the majority of the novel. Through the use of metaphor, simile, and diction, Steinbeck evaluates the theme of power and control. Steinbeck’s use for the strategies is to appeal to the reader’s sense of pathos. Pathos is shown through the use of diction and metaphors used in the book. The novel takes place in Southern California where George and Lennie try to find a way to make their dreams come true.
Although described as a rather large man, Lennie’s role between the two men is very childlike. Lennie is treated like a child by George because Lennie does not have the maturity or mental capability to make decisions for himself. For example, George must continuously remind Lennie of the spot he must come to if in trouble because Lennie cannot focus long enough to process this information. Lennie is also fairly unintelligent and blindly loyal to George. This loyalty is seen when George tells Lennie to jump into a river, and Lennie obeys even though he is unable to swim.