Character Analysis Of Lennie Smalls In Of Mice And Men

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He’s a tall strong man that can kill a woman with 1 hand in a heartbeat. The only problem is he’s mentally challenged. In the book Of Mice and Men Lennie Smalls is as strong as an ox and works like a dog. Nothing gets in his way except for the fact that he is mentally challenged. His best friend George treats him special and looks down on him because he has to take care of him like a child. In the book he repeatedly states “if I was alone I could live so easy.” This just goes to show that even tho their best friends he sometimes doesn’t want him. People with differences in the 1930 's were generally not accepted because they were not "normal."
In John Steinbeck 's novella Of Mice and Men (set in the 1930’sin Salinas Valley, California) we meet
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While it is obvious to the reader that Lennie has a mental disability because of his actions, it is not directly stated. However when George said "I don 't know where there is no other mouse. I remember a lady used to give ' em to me- ever 'one she got. But that lady ain 't here." George scoffed. "Lady, huh? Don 't even remember who that lady was. That was your own Aunt Clara.” said George. This just goes to show that Lennie is a grown adult in a child 's mindset that can’t remember prominent things. One time he couldn 't remember prominent things is when he couldn’t remember if he had his work card when George had it the whole time. Another example is that Lennie is constantly killing animals on accident and doesn 't know why. Some animals he keeps killing are mice. He keeps them in his pocket to pet but little does he realize that he kills them with his hard pets because he is …show more content…
He can 't fit in because his feelings are dull and can 't comprehend the things he does. Ways his feelings are dull is he doesn’t care if he kills mice in his pocket. He just wants them to pet their soft fur. That is not normal and just adds to the list of reasons he is mentally challenged. Even though the author doesn 't say it I know this from his actions of always having George speak for him because in the text it says “That ranch we’re goin’ to is right down there about a quarter mile. We’re gonna go in an’ see the boss. Now, look—I’ll give him the work tickets, but you ain’t gonna say a word. You jus’ stand there and don’t say nothing. If he finds out what a crazy bastard you are, we won’t get no job, but if he sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we’re set. Ya got that?” “Sure, George. Sure I got it.” and I know that because in life when you 're young your parents will normally talk for you and tell you what to say because you don’t know manners and how to talk respectfully. He killed Curley 's wife and doesn 't realize what he done. She just asked him to touch her hair and when he did he didn’t let go. She got scared and started to scream so Lennie panicked and covered her mouth. Due to his extreme strength he broke her neck. He got scared

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