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Of Mice and Men

George's relationship with other characters


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Transcript of Of Mice and Men

"Of Mice and Men"
George's relationship with other characters By: Celine and Serena They have the closest relationship among all the characters in the story

George is the guardian and Lennie is the follower George and Lennie George:"You ain't getting no mice while you walk with me. You remember where we're going now?" (pg 6) Quotes: Possible Reasons of Why They stay together: Loneliness is the predatory nature of human existence ("Guys like us... are the loneliest guys in the world")

Therefore, in order to escape from it, George needs to form a bond / build a relationship with Lennie.

George feels like he is needed and Lennie does "give a damn" about him

They share the same dream (having land ownership) George respects Slim because Slim understands him. Slim understands the nature of loneliness and the relationship between George and Lennie George and Slim George: "if I was alone I could live so easy" (pg 12) Slim: "I hardly never seen two guys travel together. ... [Other people]Never seem to give a damn about nobody " (pg 44) George doesn't get along well with Curly because Curley is arrogant and he attacks Lennie verbally and physically. George and Curley Quotes: Slim says to George "Never you mind...A guy got to sometimes" (pg 121) Slim says to Lennie: "It ain't your fault..."(pg 72) Curley says to Lennie "Let the big guy talk." And george responds "S'pose he don't want to talk?" (pg 28) Slim says to Curley: "But if you jus' tell an' try to get this guy canned... you get the laugh" (pg 73) Although George empathizes Candy’s situation, they do not have a close relationship compared to the bond that George and Lennie have. George and Candy George: "But this Curley better not make no mistakes about Lennie...this Curley punk is gonna get hurt if he messes around with Lennie." (pg 29) Quotes: -> George doesn't respect Curley. Candy is desperate for companionship after his dog is shot. Candy is lonely and desperate so he asks George and Lennie if he can join them. Candy says to George and Lennie "S'pose I went in with you guys. Tha's three hundred an' fifty bucks I'd put in... How'd that be?" (p67) Quotes George and Crooks have a very distant relationship because they have many differences. George and Crooks George: "I'm mad at this here Curley bastard... You keep away from Curley" George: "I hate that kinda bastard" (pg 32) George wont talk to Crooks because he is on the bottom of the social ladder. Other men don't treat Crooks the same because of his skin color / race. Quotes Curley's wife is considered as a potential danger that can disrupt the temporary stable lives that the ranch workers have. George keeps a distance from her because he do not want to get into any kind of troubles. George and Curley's wife The fact that Slim is at the top of the social ladder also makes George want to have a close relationship with him. George says to Lennie
"What you doin' in Crooks' room. You hadn't ought to be in here" (p93) Slim is the few exceptions that can have a rather successful life during the time of the depression in California. Quotes: George: "I seen 'em poison before, but I never no piece of jail bait worse than her [Curley's wife]." (pg 36) George: "You [Lennie] keep away from her, cause she's a rattrap if I ever seen one." (pg 36) George's premonition is proven in the last chapter where the death of Curley's wife leads to the destruction of the American Dream and the bond between George and Lennie. George does not want Crooks to know about their dream. George gets mad a t Lennie for telling him. "I thought I tol' you not to tell nobody about that." (p93) George isn't respectful towards Crooks. and gets mad at Crooks. "Well, why'n't you kick 'em out?" (p93) George agrees to let Candy help them. "Don't tell nobody about it. Jus' us three an' nobody else." (p69)

"We'll do her...We'll fix up that little old place an' we'll go live there." (p68) "Maybe if I give you guys my money, you'll let me hoe in the garden even after I ain't no good at it. An' I'll wash the dishes an' little chicken stuff like that." (p68)
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