How Does Steinbeck Present Lennie in the First Chapter of of Mice and Men? Essay

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How does Steinbeck present Lennie in the first chapter of of Mice and Men? Lennie is one of the first characters to appear in this novel, and as the book progresses you will see just how much of an important character he is. Lennie’s character is unique and so innocent. Steinbeck describes Lennie in animal forms, just to give the reader more of an idea what his character is like. On the second page Steinbeck describes Lennie by saying “…he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws” this implies that Lennie is quite a big strong man, and bears have the potential to kill; so does Lennie, but he doesn’t know that. He also refers him to being like a horse “snorting into the water like a horse” this suggests that Lennie doesn’t care what other people think of him, he just does what he wants to do. Steinbeck has made Lennie seem quite immature and insecure, as if he needs someone to look out for him, Steinbeck has also shown that Lennie has trouble with remembering things, ”Lennie. You gonna be sick like you was last night.” This means he had done something like this before but he had forgotten he was sick. He looks up to George like someone that he’d love to be, he imitates him like a child “Lennie who had been watching, imitated George exactly.”, and George is like a father to Lennie as well as his best friend. They’re only friends because they have no one else, “Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.” Also he likes to be told he’s done well, especially from George considering he’s the person he looks up to “Lennie choked with pride. ‘I can remember.’” He also likes touching soft things, he likes to keep mice in his pocket and stroke them, but eventually when they bite him, he’d give them a little pinch to tell them off, which would kind of kill them, this shows that he really
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