Lennie And George

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“How does Steinbeck suggest that the relationship between George and Lennie is a unique one?” Steinbeck illustrates George’s and Lennie’s relationship as a very ‘unique’ one due to the fact that during the 1930’s migrant workers had a very solitary existence. The relationship between George and Lennie is effectively portrayed by Steinbeck as unique by exemplifying George’s protective instincts over Lennie and his vulnerability. “Hide in the bush till I come” The commanding verb ‘hide’ demonstrates the quiet, solitary existence of a migrant worker in 1930’s America. Also the noun ‘bush’ illustrates America as a ‘Dust bowl’ with hardly any civilisation and a land full of plants in the hostile environment during the time that the novel was set, foreshadowing the sense of machoism. However, Lennie and George travel together already demonstrating the distinctive relationship between the pair. Furthermore, Steinbeck’s use of the imperative for Lennie enhances his actions, showing George’s dominant character in the relationship. Moreover, “Till i come” explains Lennie’s reliance on George suggesting a unique relationship as during the 1930’s men, had a very solitary and lonely life, usually with no families as they were always travelling, looking for work. It was one man for themselves. This is why the relationship is seen as very rare because of the dependency and how they were uncommonly united by their shared dream of a better life on a farm, where they can “live off the fatta the lan” as Lennie puts it. George articulates this vision by repeatedly telling the ‘story’ of the future farm to his companion; Lennie who believes unquestioningly in their dream and his faith enables George to imagine the possibility of this dream becoming reality. However, George’s belief in it depends upon Lennie, for as soon as Lennie dies, George’s hopes for a brighter future
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