Of Mice and Men Relationships

Of Mice and Men Relationships

The novel ‘Of mice and Guys’ is composed by John Steinbeck, embeded in the 1930’s, America, throughout the Great Anxiety. The style of the book is of two guys (George and Lennie) Steinbeck presents the 2 characters, George and Lennie, in the opening section of the book. From this dialogue-“You drink some, George”- the reader has the ability to establish an understanding of the two characters’ relationship. One remained behind the other’, is the first indication that one take more of a lead in the relationship than the other, and more evidence to support this: ‘Lennie imitated him exactly’. Steinbeck goes on to describe the very first guy to be ‘small and fast’, whereas ‘behind him strolled his opposite, a huge male’. It would be thought the larger male would lead, to protect. The 2 males are referred to as ‘Both were worn denim pants and in denim coats … and both brought tight blanket rolls’.

This reveals they are comparable in the way they are both itinerant employees. Nevertheless they differ with look: George is described to have ‘sharp functions’, and Lennie to be his opposite ‘shapeless of face’. Steinbeck uses their look to demonstrate how totally different they are with everything, George has a sharp, quick mind, while on the other hand Lennie is rather easy minded. Steinbeck presents George and Lennie’s relationship quite like that of a dad and children.

George looks after Lennie’s work card as George knows Lennie all right not to trust him with it: “believe I ‘d let you bring your own work card?” George likewise watches out for Lennie and attempts to protect him- ‘you never oughta beverage water when it ain’t running’, which is evidence to show he resembles a daddy, recommending Lennie. Steinbeck stresses the theme of George and Lennie being like a father and boy further by George applauding Lennie to develop Lennie’s self esteem: “Excellent young boy, that’s it”.

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