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Of Mice and Men: Lennie

The character analysis of the character Lennie in the book "Of Mice and Men"

Paul Pimenta

on 25 March 2011

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men: Lennie

Lennie Relationships Personality Lennie is obsested with this idea of him and george getting a ranch and him being able to, "feed alfalfa to the rabbits." (Steinbeck 57) This is Lennie's dream. Lennie's lose of memory is also shown here, "Jesus Christ Lennie! You can't remember nothing that happens, but you remember ever' word I say." (Steinbeck 103) Throughout the book, Lennie is referred to as being very timid, he like to stay out of trouble and he doesn't like to hurt people. "Lennie looked timidly over to him. "George?" (Steinbeck 4) "'I dont want no trouble,' he said plaintively." (Steinbeck 29) George constantly tells Lennie to stay out trouble, he struggled with this because he forgets so easily. Even though he traies to assure George he will not forget. "I won't get in no trouble George. I ain't gonna say a word." (Steinbeck 16) Lennie seems to not have an identity of his own, he sort of imitates George to try to be like him and to not get in trouble. "Lennie, who had been watching, imitates George exactly." (Steinbeck 4) Lennie and George hold a very tight friendship, in this relationship they look after each other. "Lennie broke in. 'But not us! An' why? Because... because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why.' He laughed delightedly." (Steinbeck 16) Lennie's timid personallity causes him to be frightened easily. "Lennie's eyes were frightened." (Steinbeck 29) "Lennies leaned eagerly toward him. 'Le's go, George. Le's get outta here. It's mean here.'" (Steinbeck 33) So frightened at times that he doesn't know what to do. "...the girl lets out a squawk, and that gets Lennie all mixed up, and he holds on 'cause that's the only thing he can think to do." (Steinbeck 41) "He was too frightened to defend himself" (Steinbeck 63) Lennie's stupidity often causes him to get in dangerous situations, he doesn't think about decisions before he makes them. "'Jus' tell Lennie what to do an' he'll do it if it don't take no figuring.'" (Steinbeck 39) Physical Appearance Lennie is discribed as, "a huge man, shapless of face, with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders; and he walks heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags its paws." (Steinbeck 2) During the movie and novel, Lennie has a tendency to find and kill things that a furry and soft to the touch. "That big guy's messin around with your pups..." (Steinbeck 50) "'Dumb bastard like he is, he wants to touch ever'thing he likes.'" (Steinbeck 41) Even though George has Lennie repeat things over and over again, Lennie still struggles to remember things. "George scowled at him, and Lennie dropped his head in shame at having forgotten." (Steinbeck 22) "Lennie stared at helplessly at his hands, "I forgot, George." (Steinbeck 23) Behavior and Actions Lennie is very forgetful, the only things he can seem to remember are the things george says, and things involving food. This is shown in this quote, "So, you forgot that awready, did you? I gotta tell you again, do I?" (Steinbeck 4) "'You can remember anything if there's anything to eat in it.'" (Steinbeck 56) Due to Lennie's short term memory lose, George has him repeat important sentences to help him remember. "'Don't tell nobody,' Lennie said to himself." (Steinbeck 61) Lennie's Los Lennie's loss of memory is also shown here, "'Jesus Christ Lennie! You can't remember nothin that happens, but you remember ever' word I say.'" (Steinbeck 103) Of Mice and Men By: Paul Pimenta and Devan Mitchell
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