How Steinbeck Portrays the character of Lennie & George in 'Of Mice & Men'

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In the story "Of Mice & Men", John Steinbeck creates a pair of low-class companionship as the story 's main character. This pair of companionship, George and Lennie is very different from each other, nothing alike, no matter talking about their figures, personality, IQ, etc, except that they both carry the same American dream as they spend their hard days traveling together and working in the ranch. Lennie is portrayed as being childlike. He looks up on George as a parental figure: "Lennie 's lips quivered and tears started in his eyes." Lennie seek reassurance from George like a child does from their parents. He displays the excitement of a child: "Tell me about the rabbits, George. Tell me about the rabbits." Steinbeck suggests that…show more content…
Where as the other main character in the story "Of Mice & Men", known as George, is totally different from Lennie. George is suggested to protect Lennie too much, and that he doesn 't let Lennie talk when he is suppose to. When he sells Lennie too much, people might mistaken that George is hiding something about Lennie.: "Then why don 't you let him answer? What you trying to put over?". George also uses a special technique to make Lennie listen to him, from this technique he gives pressure to Lennie so that he will always keep George 's words in mind.: "But you ain 't gonna get in no trouble, because if you do, I won 't let you tend the rabbits." Steinbeck points out that George is protecting Lennie too much, and that he should always let him try and let him communicate more, socialize more and approach the outside world more, or else he would depend on George too much and takes it as an advantage. George is also suggested to be smart, and has a lot of common sense. He uses his sensitive sensitivity to teach and lead Lennie to the right track: "Tastes all right, don 't really seem to be running though. You never oughta drink water when it ain 't running, Lennie." Not only is George sensitive but he is also very smart in the ability to judge correctly: "You never had none, you crazy bastard. I got both of 'em here. Think I let you carry your own work card?" Steinbeck shows the readers that it is
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