In this essay I am going to be discussing among the primary characters in John Steinbeck’s novella ‘Of Mice and Men’. The story portrays the journeys and emerging issues of two migrant workers who share an uncommon relationship for the time and environment in which the novella is set. Lennie Small is the character I will be checking out and I will start off by giving a comprehensive explanation of his physical look and behaviour.
2nd I will take a look at his and the other main character George’s relationship which will then be followed by Lennie’s relationships with other characters throughout the book.
I will then go on to take a look at the foreshadowing in which Steinbeck displays in the story and finally I will conclude the story of its last climax. Steinbeck utilizes several descriptions of Lennie Small in the novella. Often compared to animals, among the first descriptions of him is him being compared to a bear. ‘He was dragging his feet a little, the method a bear drags his paws’, is a line which depicts an image of how physically large Lennie is while likewise recommending the level of his strength.
Lennie is likewise described to be ‘shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes’ which compares quickly to a little innocent child who doesn’t comprehend his surroundings. The imagery developed in this scene begins to suggest that Lennie, even though a grown man, does not have a mind of his own, practically childlike, while always having somebody to direct him through life. Regardless of his age, Lennie acts and speaks with immaturity due a mental special needs. ‘Gradually like a terrier, who doesn’t wish to bring a ball back to his master’ is a line Steinbeck composed to stress Lennie’s immature personality.
By comparing him to a terrier he ends up being viewed as unreasonable with a very instinctive side to him. Steinbeck uses the word ‘master’ which signifies how Lennie, unable to make practical decisions, requires a master or more so a carer. It worries his naivety and also his loyalty to George. Furthermore in this novella Lennie doesn’t purposefully imply to do damage but that does not mean he is entirely safe. This is shown when Steinbeck writes ‘I wasn’t not doing anything bad with it, George. jus’ rubbing it. in the scene where George is requiring the dead mouse from Lennie. By composing this Steinbeck has actually suggested that the innocent Lennie is and both a victim and villain throughout his life. No matter how harmless he is within his mind, his strength betrays his character leaving his kid like mind, and brute strength a threatening mix. Steinbeck’s first description of George and Lennie’s relationship demonstrates the truth that George is quite like a father figure to Lennie.
He is constantly mimicking George and following obediently which is described when ‘they had walked in file down the path, and even in the open one stayed one behind the other’. This quote emphasises the dominance in the relationship and how Lennie is always following behind George since he wishes to show him regard. Likewise Lennie mimics George with the upmost precision, ‘Then (George) changed his hat, pressed himself back from the river, prepared his knees and welcomed them.
Lennie who had been viewing mimicked George exactly’ highlights this as it shows simply just how much Lennie looks up to George as if he is also a hero as well as a father figure in which he wants to make happy. It produces the idea that perhaps all Lennie wants is for George to be happy with him and is symbolic to the fact Lennie admires George as a good example. In the opening discussion in between George and Lennie the nature of their relationship is easily distinguishable when George says ‘Lennie! Lennie for Gods sake, do not consume too much. ou gon na be ill like you was last night’ since it conveys just how much George actually cares for and worries for Lennie without making it sound too affectionate. He speaks down to Lennie in a purchasing from way which likewise symbolises the authority in the relationship. In this novella among the essential features of Lennie and George is the dream they both wish to achieve. Due to Lennie’s childish mind set and George’s fatherly function in Lennie’s life the dream ends up being rather a bedtime story for Lennie. On numerous celebrations ‘Lennie pleads “Come on George.
Inform me. Please, George. Like you did before.”‘ which more emphasises how much of a kid he is because of the fact it makes him calm, happy and practically settled as if he were a baby going to sleep. It could also represent the subconscious concerns Lennie has so he feels the need to be reassured about their dream. Lennie’s relationships with other characters vary and advance throughout the novella. When Slim, the jerkline skinner, is very first introduced to Lennie and George he is shocked by the oddness of their relationship with each other.
He right away see’s Lennie’s lack of mentality and later on states to George ‘it seems kinda funny, a cuckoo like him and a smart person like you taking a trip together’ which is the very first viewpoint Slim exposes towards Lennie. In the beginning he only sees the childlike Lennie however after the situation described he comprehends and views Lennie in a totally different light. ‘He’s a good fella, person do not require no sense to be a great fella’ is a line which Steinbeck composed to show clearly how Slim aspects and likes Lennie as it stresses that he does not just see the absence of intelligence but the nice guy concealed beneath the childish outside.
Even though Slim doesn’t truly learn more about Lennie in this novella, his relationship with George enables him to comprehend Lennie and the position the 2 remain in. Slim values that Lennie is not a vicious person when he says ‘He ain’t mean, I can see Lennie ain’t a bit mean’ which further stresses the intelligence Slim have to see behind the initial analysis of Lennie as a male and demonstrates how his feelings towards him have become rather regard. Another relationship that Lennie has is one with the steady buck, Crooks.
Steinbeck enforces this unspoken relationship in between the two due to the fact that both are separated from the rest of the cattle ranch workers, Lennie because of his size and childish behaviour and Crooks since of him being black and being segregated from the rest of the employees. Although Lennie is portrayed as the weakest psychologically, he doesn’t understand the unwritten code of racial partition which brings out the smart side to him which is shown in the way he acts towards Crooks. When Scoundrels questions him about why he has actually entered the barn Lennie responds with ‘Absolutely nothing- I seen your light.
I believed I might jus’ come an’ set’ which shows how innocent Lennie is and in a way how lonesome he is as he goes to examine the possibility that he might converse with somebody. It could likewise show that Lennie sees scoundrels as an equivalent unlike the other men on the ranch who merely see his colour. In this novella Steinbeck utilizes foreshadowing a lot throughout the entire story. It appears all over, hinting on what will occur to various characters and the way the story will establish. It is utilized to reveal that Lennie will be getting in trouble with Curley’s other half, her death and likewise his death and the specific method which he dies.
The minute Curley’s spouse is introduced an ill feeling gets rid of the atmosphere representing that Lennie will in truth be entering into some sort of mess including her. George states at the really beginning ‘I seen ’em toxin before, but I never seen no piece of jail bait like her previously. You leave her be’ is a quote from the novella which directly foreshadows Curley’s partners death due to the fact that by having George tell him to leave her alone, it’s clearly going to go the opposite method and something will end up bringing the set together.
Another thing that adds to the foreshadowing of her death is Lennie’s propensity to ‘get brought away’ with touching soft, smooth and quite things. Throughout the novella the victims of Lennie’s safe ‘petting’ gradually grow, starting with the ladies gown in Weed, the mouse, advancing on to Curley’s hand and the puppy and finally ending with Curley’s herself. The skirt, mouse, young puppy and Curley’s spouse all link in with the need to touch ‘soft things’ and the same reaction even occur in each.
Once they begin to worry or squirm Lennie reacts in a childlike method and doesn’t know what to do so he simply does not let his hold of that object go. Omitting Curley’s hand which was simply down to animal and childish impulse, all the other incidents could connect to the idea that in Lennie’s naive mind, ‘soft and pretty’ things relate to the dream that he and George have and when the victims begin to struggle it quickly signals Lennie that the dream is leaving him and he holds on in fear of releasing and loosing it.
The foreshadowing of Lennie’s death happens at various points throughout the novella. The shooting of candy’s pet dog being the primary one. When Carlson is trying to encourage Candy into letting him shoot the pet dog he says ‘He ain’t no great to you, Sweet. An’ he ain’t no good to himself. Wh ‘n’ t you shoot him, Candy?’ which is exactly how Lennie is considered as a partner of George. Both the pet dog and Lennie are connected as they both in some method weigh down their ‘owner’ and aren’t really helpful to them.
Another thing which foreshadows his death is George’s constant suggestions of how his life would be simpler without him. ‘God you’re a great deal of problem, I could get along so simple and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail. I could live so simple and perhaps have a lady’ is a line which Steinbeck wrote to foreshadow what may occur in the end of the story as it is how George feels inside which he often tells Lennie at various points in the story. Lennie’s death, positioned right at the end of the story, is no big surprise when it in fact happens. Beforehand Lennie and George are simply talking.
Lennie is confused regarding why George isn’t shouting at him and this particular bit demonstrates how much George secretly does look after Lennie and wishes that this didn’t take place. ‘No Lennie, I ain’t mad. I never ever seethed an’ I ain’t now. That’s the important things I want ya to know.’ is a line from George which symbolises that no matter what bad things Lennie has ever done, George only wants the best for him, even if that means eliminating him. Steinbeck utilizes the expression ‘never ever been mad’ to show that George is feeling guilty about his reactions towards Lennies errors in the past and attempting to make it right.
In spite of the reality he has currently decided to end Lennie’s life George still discovers it challenging to do so which is depicted when Steinbeck wrote that ‘George raised the gun and his hand shook, and he dropped his hand to the ground once again’. This quote lays focus on how difficult it is for George to follow through with his job. No matter just how much of a dead weight Lennie is to him, they have actually still been together for a long while which adds to the reality George discovers it so hard to kill him. The thing that played one of the most part in the decision George made to eliminate Lennie was Candy’s words, ‘I ought to of shot that canine myself, George.
I shouldn’t should of let no stranger shoot my dog.’ because George understands that the death of Lennie is inevitable and is going to occur one way or another whether it be now or in the next town when he does something else incorrect. Georges decision is reassured by Slim right at the end of the novella when he states ‘You hadda George, I swear you hadda’ since he comprehends the circumstance George remains in and is attempting to assure him that he made the ideal decision in eliminating Lennie. In conclusion, Lennie Small is a very complicated character.
The description of his character is really precise therefore is his character. Throughout this novella it is obvious that Lennie’s character is the one that goes through the least quantity of advancement. His childlike mindset and mind set forbid any possible growth of his character nevertheless Lennie’s protection from George, commitment to him, and imagine the farm make him the character that he is. His portrayal of innocence throughout the course of the novella is an essential reason that readers feel so much sympathy for him, and is the primary method which he is represented all throughout Of Mice and Guy.