Relationship of George and Lennie

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Of mice and men’ is about two migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression. These two main characters are George Milton, an intelligent but uneducated man, and Lennie Small, a man of great strength but mental disabilities. They hope one day to attain their shared dream of owning a piece of land, which is their interpretation of the ‘American dream,’ the idea that any individual can achieve their dream through their own hard work. It is set in the 1930’s when the Great Depression spread over America. Of Mice and Men underlines the importance of companionship in difficult times. Indeed, at the beginning of the book, the reader understands that Lennie and George are very close, despite this difficult context. By the end of the book, it is clear that though the dynamic of their relationship have not changed, George has come to the realisation that the consequence of Lennie’s actions have changed the situation dramatically.
There are fundamental elements in the dynamic of George and Lennie’s relationship that do not change between chapters one and six. It is established in the opening pages of the book that Lennie and George are very close. Just as we are introduced to them, we are told that ‘They had walked in a single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other.’ This simultaneously creates an image in the audience’s mind of one of the characters being protective over the other, which we later find out to be George, as well as their unity, with the word “single”. Here, Steinbeck portrays George to be like the father as he is walking in front of his child to face any danger that waits ahead. In chapter six, we are reminded about some of the sacrifices that George has made for Lennie. This is brought to light when Lennie’s subconscious Aunt Clara says ‘When he got a piece a pie you always got half or more’n half. An’ if
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