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· Quick witted and intelligent ­ moral person ­ responsible for Lennie = brought him to
farm to look after him.
· Dreams of owning a small farm ­ he often says that he wishes he could own his farm
that Lennie knows the speech off my heart - but as they have to move around to ranch
to ranch so Lennie does not get himself into trouble. = but has to look after Lennie so
cant get the farm and when he kill Lennie makes the greatest sacrifice of loosing his
best friend AND when L dies so does the dream
· Very keen to change the routine (boring) of his present situation
· Aware of the low expectations and aimless lifestyle of the average travelling farm
· Looks after Lennie, partly out of pity, affection and partly for companionship.
Steinbeck presents George and Lennie as 2 half's. One is strong and other is weak.
· Represents the head and intelligence of the pair, while Lennie is the body. Lennie is
many ways Georges shadow.
· George is not entirely blameless for Lennie's disastrous end…read more

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· He knows how Lennie behaves and when they arrive at the ranch senses
feelings of Curley and his wife.
· One night even leaves Lennie behind, George ignores these danger signals as
his need for a farm distracts him.
· He is quick, precise, worries about doing things and cautious.
· Slim says about him ` smart little guy'
· He protects Lennie but Lennie also protects him. Who would fight George if
they knew they had to fight Lennie as well
· He is a good judge of other peoples characters ­ examples of this slim is a good
man and Curleys wife bringing trouble
· Clean man partially because he wants to save his money for his farm AND
cannot waste money in the brothel or pool room. BUT also appalled by Lennie
drinking `scummy water' and appalled by thought of somebody leaving lice in
the bedding of his bunk.…read more

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Childlike shows signs or maturity, slow, clumsy and easygoing but suffers because of his thoughtless
Great physical strength
Described like a bear like animal ­ innocence and strength ­ metaphor/simile ­ bear good as it is a strong
but is innocent
No awareness of morality ­ which means the ordinary values of `good' or `bad' are difficult to attribute to him
Pets small animals ­ he has deep-rooted emotional needs which he may not understand ­ doesn't
understand its him killing the animals ­ need for physical contact
Beginning is naïve and innocent but by the end has fallen from grace ( committed murder) he is deprived
from his dream of the farm.
Doesn't learn from past experiences ­ killing the pup = Curly's wife and drinks the green pool which he was
sick from the night before
Believes everything George tells him ­ and hates it when George tells him off
Forgets what happens and thinks it is a joke ­ giggled-
Both a victim and a symbol ­ not his fault that he was born with mental problems. ­ symbol of a world which
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Stable buck = tend the horses, crippled, pained and proud and black
He is a literate black cripple who tends horses on the ranch = double
Burden not only black ( treated as inferior to whites also partially
disabled and so treated badly. = cant produce a service.
Everyone treats crooks with no respect and are very racist towards
He is very lonely and rejects any friendship or companionship
The loss of his hand stresses the casual violence of the ranch-workers
He is given a room of his own, in which he always works and has a
manure heap just outside the window.
`Nice fella' according to candy.…read more

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