When people are short-tempered, they usually have other great traits that most people can not see due to their short temperedness. This is what George is in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. In the story, Lennie and George are traveling migrant workers looking for a job during the 1930s in California. They end up working on a ranch to create enough money to obtain their dream. However, Lennie has a habit of petting soft things and then accidentally killing them. He strokes a woman’s hair and ends up killing her leading him to run away where George is forced to kill him to protect him from a worse fate. In the novel, George is seen as short-tempered, able to take initiative, and fatherly.
George is represented as short-tempered. Lennie and George are camping in a forest before they go to the ranch. For dinner, they have canned beans but Lennie likes to eat them with ketchup: “He said patiently, ‘I like ‘em with ketchup.’Well, we ain’t got any,’ George exploded. ‘Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want. God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy” (Steinbeck 10-11). George blows up with anger after Lennie made a simple complaint. He starts going off a Lennie which ultimately makes Lennie sad and hurt. In the quote, it says that George “explodes”, which is a hyperbole. From this, we can infer that George is like a time bomb, that when triggered, can “explode” in seconds without warning. Lennie is the match. He constantly lights the fuse without knowing it. George is