Critical Analysis: of Mice and Men

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Anna Grace Gamble Mrs. Yance Pre-AP English 10 October 2014 “Sometimes you have to be your own hero, because sometimes the people you can’t live without, can live without you.” I feel that this quote relates to George and Lennie’s relationship. Lennie couldn’t live without George, and for a while we thought George couldn’t live without Lennie. We learn near the end of the book that this isn’t the case. If Lennie would have been capable of realizing this, he probably could have become independent and prolonged his life. In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck uses protective, careful, and harsh to depict that the character of George is important to the story line. George is very protective over Lennie. One example is when George says, “Lennie!” ”Lennie, for God’ sakes don’t drink so much.” Lennie continued to snort into the pool. The small man leaned over and shook him by the shoulder. “Lennie. You gonna be sick like you was last night?” (?) This quote makes it very obvious that George has Lennie’s best interest in mind. He is looking out for Lennie and is trying to keep him well and protect him from sickness. Another example of how George is protective is when he says, “You keep away from Curley, Lennie.” “Sure I will, George. I won’t say a word.” “Don’t let him pull you in—but—if the son-of-a-gun socks you—let ‘im have it.” (3) George doesn’t want Lennie to get beat up by Curley, so he was telling Lennie that if Curley throws a punch he wants him to fight back. He wants Curley to know not to mess with Lennie. In addition, George said, “Look Lennie—if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here and hide in the brush.” “Hide in the brush,” said Lennie slowly. “Hide in the brush till I come for you. Can you remember that?” (?) George is making sure that Lennie has a place to go to keep him
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