Of Lence And Men In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Of Mice and Men features many characters that appear throughout the book, the most important characters being George and Lennie. George and Lennie are complete opposites of each other but still manage to get along and stick together. George and Lennie are bound together by a rough past and a similar dream. George has started watching over Lennie and taking care of him mainly because of the death of Lennie’s aunt, Clara. Lennie’s aunt being deceased is first mentioned in this quote; "I want you to stay with me, Lennie. Jesus Christ, somebody'd shoot you for a coyote if you was by yourself. No, you stay with me. Your Aunt Clara wouldn't like you running off by yourself, even if she is dead." (Steinbeck Pg. 7) Which also shows how George wants Lennie to stay by his side so he can take care of him. George also takes care of Lennie because he feels bad for how he used to treat him in the past. George mentions how he used to prank Lennie and how it nearly lead to him drowning "Tell you what made me stop that. One day a bunch of guys was standin' around up on the Sacramento River. I was feelin' pretty smart. I turns to Lennie and says, 'Jump in.' An' he jumps. Couldn't swim a stroke. He damn near drowned before we could get him. An' he was so damn nice to me for pullin' him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in. Well, I ain't done nothing like that no more." (Steinbeck Pg. 20) The quote emphasizes how bad he felt after seeing how Lennie reacted and how

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