Of Mice and Men: Character Essay

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1. This shows a brotherly bond between the to where they both look after each other and depend on each other o make up for they're faults and mistakes.

2. George as an individual

2.1. The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose"

2.1.1. This describes Georges physicality being described as "small" which is quite a large plot line later on down when he intimidates curly.

2.1.2. This creates a parell between George and Lennie's character where Lennie is big and dumb George is defined and smart, this is how both are able to work together later on because they both make up for each others mistakes.

2.2. You never had none, you crazy bastard. I got both of ‘em here. Think I’d let you carry your own work card?

2.2.1. This shows George belittling Lennie calling him a "crazy bastard". Not only does this show how George treats Lennie( below himself in intellect points) but is shows how George can have both a positive and negatif attitude.

2.2.2. This shows how George doesn't depend on Lennie and certainly not as much as Lennie depends on him with George having to carry Lennies work card to make sure he doesn't lose it. this shows a sign of friendship and brotherhood where George looks after Lennie since Lennie isn't physically able to.

3. Lennie as an individual

3.1. Behind him walked his opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws. His arms did not swing at his sides, but hung loosely.

3.1.1. This shows unsophisticated body language such as the dragging of the feet, this is the first sign we see of Lennie's dumbness.

3.1.2. What this also shows us is that Lennie isn't able to hold himself up figuratively and physically, we see here he has sloping shoulders and later in the novel we learn he is dependable on George for almost everything, these things connect through the fact Lennie isn't dependable on himself and isn't able to hold himself up.

3.2. "I wisht George was here. I wisht George was here"

3.2.1. This shows the level of reliability that Lennie has for George, going so far as to beg for him when he is absent.

3.2.2. This shows how Lennie isn't able to function correctly without George to stand up for him going so far as to break down and beg when he's picked on without George around.

4. George and Lennie and the relationship/friendship they have

4.1. Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you"

4.1.1. George treats Lennie like a dog here saying "good boy" on top of that he offers a reward to him after Lennie does something good.

4.2. Lennie stopped chewing and swallowed. His face was concentrated. "I.... I ain’t gonna.... say a word." "Good boy! That’s fine, Lennie! Maybe you’re gettin’ better. When we get the coupla acres I can let you tend the rabbits all right. ’Specially if you remember as good as that."

4.2.1. Lennie is determenated to not drag George down so he is " concentrated" to try and remember Georges commands.