‘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 does’ This suggests he is like a bear, big and clumsy and like a pet to George.
Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water and wiggled his fingers so the water arose in little splashes. This again shows that he is like a bear, big and strong but a bit stupid.
‘Look, George. Look what I done.’
He talks and acts like a child which makes him seem silly because he is so big.
George pushed himself back from the river, drew up his knees and embraced them. Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly. Children copy older children who they look up to. And Lennie look up to George.
‘Where are we goin, George?’
Lennie asks George everything he doesn’t know, like when you ask parents.
‘Aw, leave me have it, George’
Treats George like his parents, whenever he wants to do something.
‘I like beans with ketchup’
He is acting like a child who will only eat particular food.
‘I don’t know why I can’t keep it. It ain’t nobody’s mouse.’ He is innocent and can’t understand why he can’t keep it.
‘I wish’t we’d get the rabbits pretty soon, George’
Pleading to get the rabbits like a child.
‘Come on George. Tell me. Please George like you done before. He is moaning like a child for George to tell him a story.
‘Lennie! Lennie, for God’ sakes don’t drink so much’. He’s the father figure, but can get angry sometimes.
‘Jes’ a little stretch down the highway, Jes’ a little stretch. God damn near four miles, that’s what it was!’ He gets annoyed easily and he’s very impatient at times.
Might jus’ as well spen’all my time tellin’ you things and then you forget‘em and I tell you again.’ He gets annoyed when Lennie doesn’t remember anything.
‘OK . Now when we go in to see the boss, what you gonna do?’ He has to keep reminding Lennie what he is going to do, like a child.