English 11 - B
6 December 2014
Of Mice and Men: Characterization of George
The classic novel “Of Mice and Men” written by John Steinbeck illustrates the loneliness and hardship of labour in the 1900s and displays how people are driven to try and find friendship in order to escape from loneliness and suffering. As the protagonist and narrator, George develops from a person eager to fulfill the American Dream with his mentally-disabled companion Lennie to a protective and loving figure that puts rests his fulfillment of his dreams.
In the story “Of Mice and Men”, George is presented as a small and sharp figure , eager of fulfilling the American Dream however, George is accompanied with his mentally disabled friend Lennie. …show more content…
When George has the conversation with Slim and admits that he once abused Lennie for his amusement and took advantage of Lennie’s willingness to do whatever he told, George feels ashamed and then takes goods care of him. Even though he does want to be independent, he takes on the responsibility of Lennie. Caring for Lennie fulfills a promise he kept to Lennie’s Aunt Clara. Unlike the other men in ranch who take advantages of each other, George taught Lennie to avoid the “meanness” the ranch employers perform. George displays his consideration when he says “ “Guys like us that work on ranches are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong a place.” (Steinbeck 13) Although George often reminds Lennie about the dream of owning their own place where they will not experience hardship, isolation and especially to live free from people like Curley and his wife. George is eager to fulfill the dream of owning farmland not only for himself but for Lennie. With conflicts that occur with Curley or Curley’s wife, it illustrates a major theme in Of Mice and Men, the dangers that approach when a person becomes involved in a dedicated relationship. As the sorry progresses, George develops a friendship with Candy and Crooks who agree to combine their wages to fulfill the dream of owning farmland. A George being to realize the fulfillment of the dream is now possible. However towards the end of the story, an incident occurs where Lennie is left alone with Curley “jailbait” wife. With Lennie’s unawareness of his own strength, Lennie kills Curley’s wife which was foreshadowed when Lennie kills several fluffy animals. George is fully aware that Curly and his mob are out for revenge for his wife’s death and he knows that Lennie will suffer a harsh consequence. George knows that his friend