Lennie Small Character Study
Lennie Small is a large man and is often described with animal like features (such as paws). He and his friend/cousin of George Milton and they travel around California looking for work. In today’s world he would probably be classed as mentally disabled and he is very simple, clumsy and could be classed as stupid. He enjoys stroking soft things such as mice, dogs and soft clothes and he also enjoys hearing George talking about their American Dream, to own their own ranch. George acts like a father figure towards Lennie and he always looks after him and makes decisions for him as Lennie is mentally incapable. He is a very good worker on the farm but is unable to do many jobs other than moving barley. In the novel Lennie is one of the main characters, if not the main character. He is the reason they are at the ranch (Lennie was accused of rape) and he is the reason the story ends (with his death). Lennie creates stories and most of things that happen are because of Lennie’s misfortune. Lennie represents the poor and sorry as he is always getting in to trouble, has no real prospects and is mentally disabled. This makes us feel sorry for him and show affection towards him. He is a victim and a symbol. Lennie is the main catalyst for a lot of things in the novel. He is the reason him and George are at the ranch. He is involved in the fight between him and Curley. He then kills Curley’s wife and is the reason George is forced to kill him to stop the oncoming force from the rest of the ranch workers lead by Curley. Lennie speaks in a very simple way. He often repeats himself and he gets excited very easily. He uses very small sentences as he is unable to think of longer ones. “But not us, George, because I... see, I got you to look after me, but you got me to look after you.” He is unable to talking fluently and consistently and this is shown throughout the novel with his short, stuttering sentences. Lennie behaves a lot like a child...
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