The Relationship between George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men

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The Relationship between George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men

From the start to the end of the book the most important and dramatic characters are George and Lennie. These two characters presented by the author as two close friends who are travelling to a ranch where they are looking for jobs, and to eventually achieve the "American Dream" of obtaining enough money to buy their own land and farm to live off the "Live off the fatta (fat of) the land". George, the small and keen one of the two, goes in front. Lennie, a big shapeless man with a feeble mind, but an enormous strength, comes after him. Lennie has been accused of assaulting a girl and that's why they had to leave town. He merely wanted to
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From then on we are constantly reminded by George and Lennie, who is in charge of Lennie's actions. For, example at the beginning, Lennie is caught carrying a dead mouse, but George strongly orders him to throw it away

" 'You know god-damn well what. I want that mouse.' Lennie reluctantly reached into his pocket."

"George's hand remained outstretched imperviously. Slowly, like a terrier who doesn't want to bring a ball to its master, …"

This is a very common situation in the story. The relationship becomes more and more interesting as we read on. George seems be a very strange character, who even though plays as a very definite and sharp person, also seems to have weaknesses that depend on Lennie. Just like Lennie who relies on George very much, I think George also relies on Lennie. The difference is that, with Lennie, his weaknesses and problems are much more obvious, i.e. due to his low intelligence and lack of common sense he needs George very much as a guide for him in life and to fuel his hope of achieving the dream. When it comes down to George's weakness and the way he relies on Lennie, I found that it wasn't very obvious at first, but slowly as the story came to a miserable ending, his weakness also became very obvious.


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