Lennie in "Of Mice and Men"

My revision notes for Lennie

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  • Lennie
    • Crafty/Manipulative.
      • "he sensed his advantage"
      • "Spoke craftly"
      • Uses his retardness to his advantage, to get out of something or out of trouble.
    • Retard/Childlike
      • "I like beans withe ketchup"
      • "Blubberin' like a baby"
      • "Jes' like a kid "
      • Speech/Language-"Aw, levae me have it, George"
      • Stupid/Forgetful- "I tried not to forget"
    • Digging Deeper
      • Dreadful progression in his victims from the dead mouse to Curley's Wife.
      • Lennie doesn't always understand the ordinary values of "good+bad"
      • Until the end, he never takes responsibility for his actions.
    • Sympathetic Character
      • At the start: childish, silly, seems harmless, innocent.
      • "Wiggled his fingers so the water arose in little splashes."
      • because he is slow we feel pity for him.
    • Narrative Function
      • He keeps the story going, causes them to leave Weed, kills Curley's Wife and hurts Curley etc.
    • Dreams
      • Seems to be fixated, obsessed with the dream, every decision, every bad thing revolves around the dream- "George'll be mad.."
    • Follower/Loyal
      • "the follower nearly ran him over"
      • "Lennie, who had been watching imitated George exactly"
    • Animal-like terms
      • "walked his opposite"
      • "walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws"
      • "tried to redirect"
      • "Lennie covered his face with his huge paws"
      • "his fist lost in Lennie's paw"
      • Frequently described as bear like, tendency to hold onto his prey and inflict great damage but also survival instincts.
  • Dreadful progression in his victims from the dead mouse to Curley's Wife.
  • At the start: childish, silly, seems harmless, innocent.

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