Of Mice and Men Characters: Anaylsis

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Character Description 1: Lennie Small A very important main character we are introduced to in this story is Lennie Small. In my opinion Lennie is the most interesting character in the story because he differs from the other characters in many ways. Lennie Small as well as his companion George Milton are migrant workers who travel around the country working on ranches. They hope that one day they will pursue the dream they share of owning their own land or as Lennie says “living off the fatta’ the lan”. Lennie is incapable of making decisions by himself and relies and depends on George entirely and also looks to him as sort of a big brother. Lennie also sees that George is helpful for guidance and answers which relates to Lennie’s mental abilities. Lennie feels a sense of safeness and comfort when he is with George, whereas when Lennie is without George he sometimes feels awkward and misunderstood by others. George refers to Lennie as his cousin in the book, only to avoid questions being asked and hassle from the ranch owner. But the truth to the matter is that George promised Lennie’s Aunt Clara that he would take care of him when she passed away. In my opinion this is why Lennie feels so attached to George, because since his Aunt Clara died George has taken up the role of basically becoming Lennie’s leader and care taker. Lennie is a dreamer who never gives up hope; the same could also be said about George. But the two men’s bond they think is unlike any other in the world. Lennie thrives off of George’s way of speaking about their dream and also the way he talks about him and Lennie’s unique and strong relationship “Guys like us that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place....With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us.” Lennie’s finds comfort

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