Weak Characters in of Mice and Men Essay

715 Words Feb 27th, 2011 3 Pages
Lennie and Crooks are two weak characters in of Mice and Men. In the tough working environment which was America’s 1920s, the time of the Great Depression, there was no place for mentally or physically insufficient people, it was survival of the fittest and “every man for himself.”
We learn of Lennie’s non-existent capacity to care for himself early on in the novel. Even at the very start of the novel we see that “The two men walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other.” This shows that George (who is in front) is the clear leader of the two. Lennie also shows how he is not as comfortable with humans as he is with animals- “He walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his
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This here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me”, even though he secretly wants attention. He has “an eye for an eye” approach to the other men on the

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