Geoge And Lennie's Relationship

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This essay is about the relationship between George and Lennie and why it is important. The novel “Of Mice and Men” is written by John Steinbeck. The novel presents a’ male centered world’, where women don’t have a voice and is a ‘microsm’ of how America was in 1937. The book was written around the time the Great Depression occurred. It was very hard to get a job during that time. Men had to travel by themselves to find work for themselves. These men were known as itinerant works. They had no fixed address, they belonged nowhere and they usually had no company – “Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys I the world.” In this novel, the loneliness makes the characters change the way they behave. “A guy goes mad if he got no one to talk to.” The two protagonists, George Milton and Lennie Smalls, travel together to find work; when they do, they have to leave because of an ‘incident’ caused by Lennie. George is the leader and the father figure whereas Lennie is the well-built and child-like character. The novel shows the adventurous journey these characters travel in attempting to find work and not be ‘run out’ and to achieve their dreams. Usually George is always looking out and looking after Lennie – “I got you to look after me, but you got me to look after you.” If Lennie gets into trouble, George knows what to do to get him out of it – “if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush.” Unfortunately for Lennie; his child-like nature gets him into enough trouble to end his journey. He is ‘blindly devoted’ to George, soft things, a farm house and rabbits. Lennie needs George in order for him to survive. George is his role model – “Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly.” He relies on George to give him instructions, food, work and shelter. George, the brains

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