Essay On Relationships 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…show more content…

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.


How strong is George and Lennie's relationship in Of Mice and Men.

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How strong is George and Lennie's relationship in Of Mice and Men.

Although not the same, their always together. John Steinbeck, author of of mice and men, makes a powerful relationship between George and
Lennie. The love they have for each other, the feelings they have, and the dreams they look forward to accomplish together is just so priceless. For them two, friendship is everything. They do not care much for anything else beside loosing each other or getting apart.
There is a strong bond in between them two. It never makes them feel alone, helpless, or poor. They are two opposite people on a lifetime journey. George is so kind, responsible, patient, and an understanding man. He understood Lennie when he finally defended…show more content…

When Lennie first drinks the green water,
George stops him by saying some negative stuff. If George were not a true friend, he would tell Lennie to do it repeatedly so a retarded man can entertain him.

George reminds Lennie what he has to do all the time making sure that
Lennie would not get in trouble again or forget what he has to do. For example when George kept on repeating to Lennie that if he gets in trouble at the ranch, he should come back near the bush and wait for him. Also to stay away from Curley's wife and not talk a lot in front of the boss or the boss's son, Curley.

Rather then just a friend, George is a parent to Lennie as well. When
Lennie hides an animal in his pocket dead or alive, George always notices it. Usually mothers are the one who have that kind of sense.
Although since George is every thing to Lennie, he knows every thing, what Lennie is up to.

Instead of being strict with Lennie in many ways, George still listens to Lennie and gives him what he wants. Like when Lennie ask for one of
Slim's puppies, George said he would ask for one. He was not embarrassed or shy to ask Slim for one of his puppies for his dear friend. Along with being strong, Lennie is very defending as well. Especially when some one says some thing negative about George. When Crook starts to fill Lennie's ears with bad stuff about George, Lennie reacts in an angry way that makes Crook stop. He is scared of Crooks talk, afraid to loose George,

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