Lennie and George in Of Mice and Men

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Bryan Byers
Who are Lennie and George? Lennie and George, the two main characters of the fantastically written novel, Of Mice and Men, go on a life changing journey while pursuing their “American Dream”. Their dream is to own a few acres of land along with a small ranch. In the book, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck makes comparisons as well as contrasting ideas based on the two main characters, Lennie and George.

Lennie is a comical character in this tragic tale of two best pals. Lennie is the more childlike one of the two. Steinbeck proves this through Lennie's words, "'Tha's good,' he said. ,You drink some, George. You take a big drink.' He smiled happily". Lennie shows that he is childish and unintelligent in this quote. Also, he is immense in size. He is described as being so when Steinbeck mentions, "…a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws." He is described as being a huge man in this quote as I had stated earlier. Lastly, Lennie is publicized by Steinbeck as weak minded and forgetful in the following quote, "Lennie said gently, 'George… I ain't got mine. I musta lost it.' He looked down at the ground in despair." Lennie is a gargantuan, childish, weak minded and forgetful man, however he is an excellent friend.

George is almost the exact opposite of Lennie. George is not a taciturn man, he speaks his mind, is blunt and strait to the point. Steinbeck portrays this in the subsequent quote, "'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.'" George is incredibly blunt but he is also kind, he has moments of fastidiousness. As Steinbeck mentions in my following quote, "' 'Course Lennie's a God damn nuisance most of the time, but you get used to goin' around with a guy an' you can't get rid of him'" This quote may not make George seem kind,...
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