They often use this friendship to validate their existence and comfort themselves, George is proud that he “got somebody to talk to that gives a damn” as this is a rarity and an achievement for an itinerant worker. George also expresses his fear of loneliness when he states “I seen guys that go around ranches alone. That ain’t no good”, because his bond with Lennie is all he has he fights to protect it despite the trouble it causes him. Lennie is fiercely protective of George because their companionship is one of the few things that he understands and is sure of, when others try to test this he maintains “George wouldn’t do nothing like that!”. The two men desperately cling to each other as loneliness encroaches from all sides and threatens to tear them apart however, inevitably, their dreams are blown to one side by the death of Curley’s wife as Steinbeck makes true the poem ‘even the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley’.
Jordan Williams World Literature & Comp. p.1 April 10th, 2011 Of Mice and Men Character Essay When reading Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men you’ll be able to comprehend his message portrayed throughout the characters. While the play and movie versions of this novel are very well articulated, they consist of many differences in the characters, their interactions and being. Some examples of these differences would be Lennie’s character and George’s difference in personalities along with Candy and Crooks. I think throughout all three versions of this story Curley’s Wife is the most varied among the three.
Candy says he’s “like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys.” Candy is also quick point out that Curley doesn’t need to monitor his behaviour, “he just don’t give a damn. Won’t ever get canned ‘cause his old man’s the boss.” Curley is in a position of both power and safety for the exact reasons that Candy has outlined. He feels safe and so allows his own insecure feelings about his height to affect how he conducts himself on the ranch. Steinbeck frequently describes his actions or body posture in an aggressive manner.
Piggy is one of the first characters introduced in the novel, and he is described as "the fat boy", which encourages the reader to like him and sympathize towards him, even if nobody else does. Piggy proves to have a great deal of importance as his knowledge and common sense is profound compared to the other boys among him. For example, he is the first to recognize that their chances of rescue are very slim, he knows very well that the beast isn't real, and his ideas of survival surpass the other boy’s plans. Throughout the novel, Piggy remains wise, but this voice of wisdom is ignored. It is clear only in the book that Piggy is intellectually superior and physically inferior.
Although the heat makes Lennie and George weary, enervated and tired, nevertheless George knows he still needs to be ‘quick’ and on the ball at all times. Looking out for any danger hazard or instabilities for both himself and Lennie. As Lennie is not able to do so for himself because he is very childlike, artless and naive. George does this out of kindness. Its not that he is just accountable for Lennie its also that he cares for Lennie.
He even overworked them just as much as Mr.jones the old farmer, but they still were convinced through psychological conditioning that they were better off with Napoleobn as their leader. They were promised an animal world, full of equal rights, when in reality all he wanted was to be praised and have power. He used them just so he could get what he wanted. Like when Boxer said “I will work harder” “Napoleon is always right.” On the other hand the “Time Traveler” had lied, but for a good cause. He told the world he had time traveled, and that their future would be rich and bright, all because of their hard work.
He is described as ‘uncoordinated and clumsy’ and he was often teased and beaten because of this. The author describes him of having a look of ‘a cowering dog’ and I think this is a very good description of his character - he is always being beaten down by other people. He has ‘a stack of wild red hair’ and pale watery blue eyes. Overall, he is not very dashing at first sight, especially as in the previous paragraph, the author has just described how his father is completely the opposite - handsome and charming (when he needed to be). When Meshak (Mish) appears later in the book, he seems little changed; ‘a child in a man’s body’.
In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, two migrant workers, George and Lennie, travel together in search of work; but the friendship that binds them is neither typical of men like them nor a typical friendship at all. George is a small, sharp man, intelligent and resourceful; enough so that he is not obliged by nature to work as a laborer and migrant worker – and yet his relationship with Lennie makes it impossible for him to have other dreams and ambitions, much less achieve them, than those few he can have that include Lennie. Lennie himself is a gigantic bear of a man, burley, possessing immense strength; and yet his mind is that of a dim-witted, dependent child inside a strong man’s body. He is entirely dependent on George and as obedient and compliant with his orders as a trained – if not very bright, and prone to unintentionally stirring up trouble – dog. At the start of the story, the pair have recently fled from their previous job after Lennie is wrongly accused of raping a young woman, an accusation which puts his life - and quite possibly George’s by association - in danger; they are making their way towards Salinas, California, for a new job bucking barley.
Through George’s wall of condescension and sarcasm you find out that there is deep love for Lennie within him. George spends a majority of the novel cleaning up Lennie’s “messes” and scheming for a better future for the two. Truthfully Lennie is the jewel of the crown with characterization. His child-like demeanor and actions provide amusing situations which help you to connect with him. Soon you begin to understand the gravity of his disabilities, and you worry for his well- being as he has a hard time taking care of himself.
Because Estella is so cruel and thoughtless towards him, he develops a resolve to become 'uncommon'. In his resolve, he acquires as much knowledge as he can. This shows resourcefullness and is also where he starts to become a little proud of his knowledge, being constantly fed by good Joe's compliments and praises. Pip begins to have his great expectations come together and he longs for them even more. With the contrast of the atmosphere at his own home and the atmosphere at Satis house, Pip realizes he is beginning to be ashamed of home and the way he is himself.