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  • Lennie
    • ''where are we going'' - relies on George, like a dog and his master, parallel to candy and his dog.
      • trusts George completely and copies everything he does, blindly devoted to George
      • both share dream, Lennie's role is to ''tend the rabbits''.
        • gets George to tell him stories like a child begs
    • physically a man, mentally a child
    • ''I get to tend the rabbits'' has a lifetime dream, gets angry at any barrier in which prevents his dream opportunity
      • childish - ''Lennie's lip quivered, tears started in his eyes''
    • ''Bear dragged his paws'' ''drinking like a horse'' portrayed as animals, possibly because he's not as intelligent or typical as a human.
    • 'Huge man, shapeless of face'' .. ''walked his opposite'' opposite to George. His features appeal to others as powerful, but inside his mentally outcasts this view.
    • possesses incredible physical, uncontrollable strength
      • always trouble, first the girl in weed, then mouse, puppies and Curley's wife. Inevitable that there will be trouble with Lennie
        • reader should figure out at the start that Lennie is doomed. although he may seem flat character, his strength progresses and leads to bigger outcomes and consequences, which is dramatic and tense to watch or predict.
          • creates sympathy
            • his innocence only leads to inevitable destruction.
            • Lennie defenceless, cant avoid dangers presented by Curley or his wife or the world at large.
          • unable to realise it's his strength and not the animals fragility
      • extremely strong as well as being kind and gentle.
      • ''can put up more grain alone than most pairs'' George see's this as an asset in their work and promotes Lennie's strength
      • ' i didn't want no trouble'' - means no harm he just doesn't know his strength
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    • ''one stayed behind the other ''behind him walked his (George) opposite'' - Lennie is follower not a leader
    • likes to stroke soft things, keeps dead mice in pockets as soft fur
      • unaware of his strength
    • very forgetful, George often has to remind him of things.
    • ''a huge man, shapless 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'' imagery linking his features to a big strong scary animal.
    • undergoes no significant changes
  • ''why you got to get killed'' ''i didn't  bounce you hard'' - tries to be careful but clearly still can't control his strength.
  • no moral judgement as 'George'll be mad'' thi8ngs are good or bad depending on what George will think
  • Lennie makes George feel quilty for losing his temper and taking away a childs possession.
    • victim and a symbol.
      • not his fault he was born without the full mental faculties of others and victim of a world that chooses not to understand or make allowances for him
      • symbol- of a world that is rarely just or fair and exercises cruel judgment on  those who live in it
        • ironic that his last name is small as he is not small
  • not emotionally unaware as he senses a bad atmosphere of the ranch ''i don't like this place, George. this ain't no good place''.


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