Show MoreThe 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.
George & Lennie's Friendship Essay
When the Great Depression was rampant, a lot of people would live job-to-job, just to get by. In the novel Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck, George and Lennie have an odd relationship by how it's both positive and negative. George and Lennie were chased out of a town called Weed, because Lennie was feeling a girl's skirt; the girl had been scared by Lennie, and tried to run away, but Lennie wouldn't let go. After being chased out of Weed, George and Lennie rode a bus south, away from Weed, but were dropped off a few miles back, George and Lennie had to walk the rest of the way, until the came to the ranch. After killing a dog and someone's wife, Lennie was chased out of the ranch, and killed by George, to keep Lennie from a painful death. George and Lennie's relationship is uniquely positive and negative because of Lennie's mental incappability, George's short temper, and how George kills Lennie an the end of the novel.
Lennie's mental incappacility brings negativity towards the relationship. '"I forgot," Lennie said softly. "I tried not to forget. Honest to God I did, George"' (Steinbeck 12). Lennie is 'retarded', or slow of the mind; his abillity to use his brain as well as George is very limited. Always forgeting what George tells him, he is angered with Lennie as he always needs to remind him what to do. When George reminds Lennie of what to do, he's going to forget it again. Lennie's has the mentality of a child. "I done another bad thing" (178). Lennie has killed a woman--by accident, of course--and all he knows to say is he's done "a bad thing" once again. That's not the reaction of a grown person; it's the confession of a child. Lennie's a child trapped in a man's body, and nearly everything he says and does confirms that. Once again, Lennie's thought process isn't like George's.
As a man with a short temper, George has trouble keeping the relationship positive. '"Well, we ain’t got any," George exploded. "Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want. God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble. No mess at all, and when the end of the month come I could take my fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever I want. Why, I could stay in a cathouse all night. I could eat any place I want, hotel or any place, and order any damn thing I could think of. An’ I could do all that every damn month. Get a gallon of whisky, or set in a pool room and play cards...
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