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Analysis of Lennie's Role in "Of Mice and Men"

Analysis of Lennie's Role in "Of Mice and Men"

Of Mice & Men is a great novella it puts the readers right into the setting, on each and every single page is written in such great detail. George, the wise man, takes care of Lennie since Lennie is not that bright. Lennie has his characteristics though, he is a very strong man who can lift bales of hay by himself with ease where two other men often struggle carrying all that hay. George is the leader in this friendship. Lennie is that type of person who always gets into trouble. Lennie doesn’t get into trouble on purpose. He is not a troublemaker, he is just isn’t bright enough to tell what is right from wrong. He also is even more incapable to make a decision when he panics or when the other person is screaming or making him uneasy.

George excessively tells Lennie not to talk to Curley’s wife because all Curley’s wife wants to do is cause trouble in the ranch. Lennie in the most part is true to his word to ignore Curley’s wife. He sometimes even hides from her. This last time Curley’s wife gets Lennie by surprise. Lennie is already nervous and scared because he has just finished killing his new puppy that Slim gave to him. Lennie and the pup were playing, and the puppy bit Lennie. That’s when Lennie hit the puppy with so much force that the puppy died immediately due to Lennie’s hit.

“Lennie said, “Oh! That’s nice,” and he stroked harder. “Oh, that’s nice.”

“Look out, now, you’ll muss it.” And then she cried angrily, “You stop it now, you’ll mess it all up.” She jerked her head sideways, and Lennie’s fingers closed on her hair and hung on. “Let go,” she cried. “You let go!”(91).

This is a great example of one of the many typical, innocent mistakes that Lennie makes. This is where George shows his great amount of patience for Lennie and tries to understand and cooperate with Lennie even though deep down inside George knows he has to run away from something real great (like his ranch job) again because of Lennie keeps on getting into trouble. During this time when everybody is trying to find Lennie George finds the spot where he tells Lennie to be and that is where George shot Lennie in the...

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