Analysis of Lennie in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Topics: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, Great Depression Pages: 2 (516 words) Published: January 31, 2007
In John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" there were many ideas, many of which were contrasting. This is shown even in the title contrasting and comparing mice and men and their similarities and their differences. This shows that in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" Lennie was a blessing, and a burden to George.

There are many ways that Lennie is a blessing to George. Lennie is a blessing to George because he helped him keep his job when he couldn't do work as well as others. Lennie does this by being is as good as two workers. This overly compensates for George's lack of strength. Lennie is a blessing also with the fact that he is a friend with George. He is a friend to George by staying with him and staying with him and traveling with him. He also is a friend by being obedient and listening to George. Lennie is also a blessing because he is an excuse for George. He is an excuse by being dumb so George has a reason if something goes wrong. This is like when he gets in a fight with Curley but doesn't get in trouble. Though Lennie can be a blessing he is also a burden to George.

Lennie can be a Blessing but he is more of a burden than a blessing. Lennie is a burden when he blabs about their dream to others and annoyingly repeats "We could live offa the fatta the lan'." (Steinbeck 57) This is a burden because it is annoying to George and wasting time. It also is burdening because they need to let others in which changes their plans. Lennie is also a burden in the sense that needs excuses made for him like when they try to get the job at the ranch. This is a burden because he makes George think for him and then they may need to deal with problems later. This is also a burden because George has to take care of Lennie because he promised Lennie's Aunt Clara. Lennie is a burden when he accidentally kills Curley's wife George needs to kill Lennie. This is a burden for George because it is not something that he wants to do to Lennie. This also is a burden because he...
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