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Character profile- George
Slim says not many people do what George does- team up with a friend to work on the
ranches. You've got to admire him for looking after Lennie. But he doesn't get a happy
ending- He has to kill his best friend.
George is loyal to Lennie
George is Lennie's minder and instructor- he's always telling him what to do and
how to behave. He helps Lennie stay out of trouble and sorts things out if they
have any problems like they did in weed.
Lennie relies on George for even the most basic things like getting a job and
But George hasn't always been good to Lennie- he once told him to jump into a
river and had to save him from drowning. He tells Slim that he'll never do anything
like that again.
Even killing Lennie shows hoe loyal George is. He knows it'll be kinder to kill Lennie
while he's imagining their dream farm than to let Curley shoot him painfully in "his
George doesn't always treat Lennie very well in the novel though- he often shouts
at him and calls him a "crazy bastard".
George has no problems when he is on his own
George is reasonably smart. He's clever as far as finding work is concerned
He often says he'd be better off alone and sometimes it seems like he'd rather do
this than own his own farm with Lennie- "if I was alone I could live so easy. I could
get a job an' work, an' no trouble."
But George isn't just with Lennie because he feels responsible for him. Lennie
gives him companionship and lets him believe that the dream of owning a farm
could come true
o Loyal: "I want you to stay with me, Lennie"
o Pessimistic: "I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we'd never
o Caring: "I ain't gonna let `em hurt Lennie"
George is a realistic character
When he lies under the stars in chapter one, he seems happy "Tonight I'm gonna
lay right here and look up. I like it." He obviously enjoys the things most people would
enjoy- like being free from work and demanding bosses.
Steinbeck also persuades the reader to feel sympathy for George. For example, he
calls Lennie a "poor bastard" even when he's just about to tell him off- Steinbeck is
making it clear to the reader that George tells Lennie off for his own good.
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George is the hero of Of Mice and Men, but he's just an ordinary man in an ordinary
situation. This makes it easier for the reader to identify with him and to
understand why he does things.
George is pretty aggressive
When Candy tries to get involved in their dream, George is immediately
defensive- "You got nothing to do with us."
His dislike of Curley means he orders Lennie to fight back against him- even
though this could get them into a lot of trouble.…read more