George And Lennie Relationship Analysis

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In the novella Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, the relationship between Lennie Small and George Milton is complex. Lennie and George are two companions who look for work and brave the hardships of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression together. Although Lennie and George are both grown men, their relationship resembles more of a child and a single parent, or a boy and his dog. Lennie is portrayed as animalistic and childish through his behavior and Steinbeck’s comparisons. This reveals the crucial power dynamic in George and Lennie’s relationship. In the beginning of the novella, Lennie is portrayed as innocent and dependent on George. When Lennie had a mouse and George asked for it, Steinbeck describes Lennie’s reaction…show more content…
Burns continues by saying that unpropitious events occur, even in the lives of the everyday man. Burns implies that the mouse should consider himself lucky because it cannot think about the past; it only focuses on the present and the future, while men dwell on the past. Lennie and the mouse have similar characteristics; just like the mouse, Lennie cannot remember the past. In the novella, George gets frustrated with Lennie for always forgetting things. When Lennie could not remember why they had left Weed and why they were going somewhere new, George says “...[s]o you forgot already”(4). In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Lennie is a metaphor for the mouse, and George a metaphor for men. George can look back on the past, which is why he carries the responsibility of Lennie. Lennie is again given animalistic character traits. Steinbeck does this to create a dynamic in Lennie and George’s relationship, that of a man and animal. In which George is the responsible one who looks out for Lennie. The parallels between Lennie and George’s relationship and the relationship that their workmate, Candy had with his dog reaffirm the power dynamic between George and Lennie. In the novella, Candy must kill his dog because it is old and weak. Candy felt such extreme regret when it came time to kill his dog, that instead of doing
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