Lennies behaviour is very childlike, this can be perseieve from ‘’Lennie put his hands over his ears’’ his manorisms of dealing with issues are very child like and can be seen to be similar to the ideal of ‘out of sight out of mind’. This makes us forget about his strength and we are reminded that he can be dangerous, in the scene when he fights with Curley which surprises the reader as he first comes across as a soft person, and this i turn prepares the reader for the following events of the novel. We also see power shift very quickly which links to a theme of power vs. powerlessness.
Lennie is described using animal imagery. ‘’Snorting into the water like a horse’’ and ‘’Lennie dabbed his big paw in the water’’. However, he is mainly described using animal imagery at the beginning of the novel in the brush which could possibly insinuate that he belongs with nature and it makes the reader think of Lennie to be less of a human being.
Lennie is very innocent but is also quite manipulative and intelligent but in the way of a child ‘’I’ll go off in those hills right there- right up in those hills’’.
Lennie is also very dependent on George as he cannot think to do many things for himself. And like a child to a parent, is constantly seeking his approval. ‘’Lennie removed his hat dutifully’’ ‘’ain’t we gonna have no supper George?’’. Maybe George having control over Lennie gives him a feeling of power that can only be backed by the dream? Power vs. Powerlessness & Dreams vs. Failure of dreams & Relationships vs. Loneliness
Lennie is quite protective over George and although is unaware of his strength will stand up for George. ‘’He stood up and walked dangerously toward Crooks. ‘Who hurt George’ he demanded’’. Power vs. Powerlessness
Lennie is mainly unaware of his actions and does not realise the consequences of his actions until he has done them. ‘’I done a bad thing’’.
Lennie is very forgetful which worries George as he does not want any