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Of Mice and Men

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Megan Wilson

on 25 May 2010

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men

Lennie Lennie: symbolic of the archetypal "wise fool," who is mentally inferior but able to reveal the best and the worst of others A term used when a person has certain limitations in mental functioning and in skills such as communicating, taking care of him or herself, and social skills "...and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws." "Want me to tell ya what'll happen? They'll take ya to the booby hatch. They'll tie ya up with a collar, like a dog." Lennie in the beginning of the book
is described as not normal compared
to other's in the town of Weed. He doesn't
walk normal as everyone else.
He is compared to a bear who drags his paw with
feet dragging and slunched over. Right off the
back, he is known as not like the others. Lennie’s foolishness often allows him to speak honestly where others won’t, and he sometimes taps into things that "normal" people can’t. Throughout the book until the end, George was Lennie's not only best friend but a parent figure to him. Without George telling him right from wrong, Lennie would be locked up in jail or worse, killed. Since Lennie was different than others, not too many liked him and wanted him dead.

"An' why? Because i got you to look after me,
and you got me to look after you, and that's why." Lennie speaks this quote. He does not know that he is oppressed but to survive he has to have George to be there for him and look after him. This quote shows that Lennie enjoys the fact that Geroge is always there for him and believes he is there for Geroge as well. "He pawed up the hay until it partly covered her." This quote refers to when Lennie accidently
kills Curley's wife and realized he has done a
bad thing but does not know how to handle it.
Instead of going to tell someone
what he did or evading his crime he covers her body up
with hay like he did when he killed the puppy on accident.
This proves he doesn't have the brain capacity to comprehend between killing something like a puppy and
a person. "No Lennie. I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's a thing I want ya to know." This quote is said by George in the end of the book when he is about to shoot Lennie because he killed Curley's wife. Lennie asks George if he is mad at him but George cannot be mad at Lennie because Lennie being mentally retarded he does not realize the severity of what he did. It would be like punishing a child or pet for something they did not realize was bad.
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