George is placed with the responability of taking care of Lennie no matter what. George loves Lennie like a brother, and never would want anyone to hurt him. He makes sure that he doesn't hang around with bad people. For example; George told Lennie to stay away from Curley's wife, because she was trouble. Towards the end of the novel, Lennie finds himself stuck in a room with Curley's wife, and gets into some trouble, and ends up killing her.
But without Lennie, George would be alone and unhappy, he realizes: "Course Lennie's a nuisance most of the time, but you get used to going around with a guy and you can't get rid of him" (Pg.41).Lennie and George love one another; they know that their lives have meaning because they are friends. When Lennie accidentally breaks the neck of Curley' wife, George kills Lennie in an act of mercy and love, knowing that Lennie could not survive in prison In addition to their similarities, George and Lennie have some important differences the first characteristic is their physical appearance. Lennie is large and strong. Steinbeck describes him as "a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walks heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws" (Pg.2). Lennie is powerfully built and his strength gets him into many sticky situations throughout the book.
George realizes that it is wrong to make a weaker living suffer. George admits that Lennie is “dumb as hell.” Using metaphors and similes the reader can better understand how much George loves Lennie. Slim then starts to realize where George is coming from and starts to appreciate their friendship. This characterizes George as caring, loving, and optimistic. George won’t let Lennie “go down alone” because he cares about his friend so much and knows he doesn’t deserve that.
His love of petting soft things, such as small animals, dresses, and people’s hair, leads to disaster. Although Steinbeck’s insistent repetition of his characteristics makes Lennie a rather flat character, Lennie’s simplicity is central to Steinbeck’s conception of the novella. Of Mice and Men is a very short work that manages to build up an extremely powerful impact. Since the tragedy depends upon the outcome seeming to be inevitable, the reader must know from the start that Lennie is doomed, and must be sympathetic to him. Steinbeck achieves these two feats by creating a protagonist who earns the reader’s sympathy because of his utter helplessness in the face of the events that unfold.
God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy.” The way that George expresses him self here is very important in understanding how Steinbeck wants us to see this character. Although we see how George would like to live a carefree life with nobody to have to look after, we also get to see that he truly loves Lennie and although he may complain about having to look after him he likes the company and we see this later on when he is talking to Slim the skinner at the ranch, “Course Lennie’s a God damn nuisance most of the time,’ ‘but you get used to goin’ around with a guy” this is the time where we see that if George was to lose Lennie he would also become disadvantaged as he would have nobody to confide in and would probably go insane with loneliness and self pity. Lennie gives George a reason to live and something to work for, he also helps to keep George inline as he thinks about Lennie before himself so looks after their “stake” and saves to buy the small plot of land they dream
In the novel “Of Mice and Men”, George has dreamed of having his own ranch with his friend Lennie. “Of Mice and Men” ends in tragedy. George feels compelled to mercifully kill his friend and companion, Lennie, in order to save him from a brutal death. The death of Lennie also marks the death of the beautiful dream they have been nurturing. George then realizes that having a companion is very important in this evil world and that even though you work hard to reach a certain goal, it may not come true.
The relationship between George and Lennie is very strong. Lennie is a big, and jolly. The things Lennie says and does George gets stressed out about but he knows that Lennie doesn’t mean to act the way he does. Lennie is always by George’s side, and George is always on Lennie’s side. Of Mice and Men is really about Lennie and George’s journey and relationship with each other, and how they really need each other in their lives.
At that mental age, they would not have been able to handle reality. One may say that it is sinful to end a life in general, however what George did was a truly good action by sending Lennie to a better place instead of receiving torture from Curley, a very abusive and cruel man to Lennie. A good example that is similar to this is when Candy had to make the decision to end the life of his dog. Many workers disliked Candy’s dog because it was elderly and smelled horrendous, therefore wanted it dead. Like George, Candy only wanted his dog dead to prevent it from enduring the suffering that they both face from oppressors.
Vereen M. Bell states, “Hindley cannot forgive Heathclff for unsurpuring the love of his father, so once he master of Wuthering Heights he sees that Heathcliff is methodically humiliated and degraded” (Bell). Catherine, however, accepted Heathcliff and liked him from when he first came to her house. She liked to spend time to him. She even began to love him, Catherine states that, “My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff!
Seymour is in a loveless marriage to his wife Muriel. He cannot connect with her, due to the fact that she is more interested in herself, than her own husband while on their vacation. Muriel’s family is concerned with Seymour’s behavior, and fears for their daughter’s safety. Seymour is so detached from the world he lives in, that he takes the ultimate escape, suicide. The fact that Muriel has no concern for her husband’s mental health, and continues her disconnected communication with him, further explains the idea that isolation is destructive in society, and causes and individual to an unthinkable escape.