How Does Steinbeck Present Lennie in Chapter 1? Essay

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does How does John Steinbeck the character present Lennie? John Steinbeck portrays the character Lennie as the follower, and never the leader. The phrase “even in the open one stayed behind the other” describes the relationship between Lennie and George and indicates that Lennie relies on George for support and guidance. It also implies that Lennie needs constant support because even though it is daytime, Lennie still cannot fend for himself. The author uses his words to paint a picture and describes Lennie as “a huge man, shapeless of face”. This image gives us the idea that Lennie is so large that he doesn’t quite know what to do with himself and he just stumbles around with a lost expression. It also indicates that Lennie is quite a shapeless character and not well defined as a person. Steinbeck portrays Lennie’s partner George as “small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes”. This is an immediate contrast to Lennie’s character because it shows that George is the opposite of Lennie; his character is well defined and alert. This makes us understand better why Lennie feels the need to stand behind George all the time and rely on someone who is more alert than he is. John Steinbeck gives the impression that Lennie always stumbled and did not know what to do with himself. The quote “dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws” give me the image that Lennie just slugs around and was so large and disconnected that he couldn’t pick up his feet. Steinbeck comparing him to a bear implies that he wanted the audience to get the impression that Lennie was as fumbling as an animal but also that Lennie was very strong, like a bear. Steinbeck presents Lennie as a character with great innocence. When he first came across a watering hole he “drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse”. This shows that Lennie showed no caution and just
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