Of Mice And Guy– Characterization Of Lennie
Do not judge a book by its cover. One must check out the book in its totality to appreciate the story, and fully comprehend its significance. The character of Lennie Small in the unique, Of Mice and Men, can be compared to a book; it is easy to evaluate Lennie by looking at the outside cover; however, to truly comprehend him, his inner soul should be explored. One can appreciate the degree of Lennie’s problems, and how, not surprisingly, he is so frequently misjudged, by analyzing his psychological disabilities, physical qualities, and psychological habits.
Lennie’s character is significantly psychologically challenged: he is socially inept, has an underdeveloped memory, and shows inappropriate behavior. Lennie is clearly mentally unskilled; his mind has developed to a level comparable to that of a kid; therefore, he can understand and communicate just the most elementary ideas and concepts, and has no capability to evaluate circumstances prior to he speaks or acts.” “? I relies on Lennie and states, “? Dive in.’ An’ he leaps. Couldn’t swim a stroke. He damn near drowned before we could get him.'” (p. 4) Not just is Lennie unable to understand the meaning of value, he has no memory of essential assertions if they do not directly refer to rabbits. He can not even remember his Aunt Clara, who took him in as a baby, and he coped with until she passed away. In order for Lennie to conceive and keep in mind concepts or guidelines, he must repeatedly recite them to George; even this routine will not insure a recollection of the info. Although Lennie’s bad memory is a severe issue, his ultimate drawback, is his undesirable habits.
Although unintended, Lennie causes harm, and death to individuals and animals. These circumstances result from his extreme love for soft and furry animals, objects, or people, while failing to acknowledge his massive strength. “Lennie looked at it for a very long time, and then he put out his substantial hand and rubbed it, rubbed it clear from one end to the other. And Lennie said, “? Why do you got to go get killed? ‘”(p. 93) Lennie’s psychological impairments, forgetfulness, and especially his unintended abuse of soft creatures, provides one the ability to identify the extent of his psychological handicap.
Lennie’s physical description and capabilities entirely contradict that of his mental capability: he is a mammoth-sized guy, with nearly super-natural strength. He is described to have the physical characteristics and mannerisms of a large animal such as a bear: he is enormous, has a shapeless face, wide sloping shoulders, big pale eyes, and strolls in a slow way while dragging his feet. Not just does he look like a bear, he also has the force of a bear. Lenny is so powerful, he can lift a 4 hundred pound bale at work on the farm; unfortunately, this power can likewise be utilized for malicious purposes.
Lenny has the ability of devouring a man’s hand with his own, mutilating it to the point where, “” ¦ ever’ bone in his han’ is bust.” (p. 70) Lennie’s unbelievable size and physical strength combined with his currently extensive list of troubles set the stage for disaster. Lennie’s fundamental spirit and real inner-self are exposed by method of emotions: his psychological accessory to George, deep level of sensitivity, and most significantly, his only dream in life, assist one to comprehend this character as they precisely incarnate Lennie’s soul.
George is the only individual who Lennie believes in. Lennie has a deep trust for George that has clearly formed an unbreakable bond, or, as Lenny puts it,” “? ” ¦ Due to the fact that”¦. due to the fact that I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you” ¦’ “(p. 15) Since Lenny holds George in such high regard, his sensations can be seriously harmed when George scolds him. He often holds his head down in embarassment and embarrassment when he forgets something George has actually stated, or when George discusses how simple his life would be without him.
Nevertheless, there is something Lenny has no difficulty remembering, his dream, the dream that consumes every inch of his being while concurrently causing his demise. Lenny yearns to have his own farm with George; a farm where he can tend the, “Red and blue and green bunnies” ¦” (p. 17) It is basically his dream of tending bunnies that causes Lenny to snap the neck of Curly’s wife. As Lennie’s rough petting of her soft hair scares her, she begins to shriek, sending Lennie into a panic; he believes if George hears the screams, he will not allow him to tend the rabbits.
He tries to silence her screams, unintentionally killing her. One can see Lennie is a trusting, sensitive, and unfortunately misconstrued character, by observing his emotions. Lennie is mentally underdeveloped, yet physically overdeveloped. He has just one pal worldwide, George; he trusts him with his life, and with his dreams. Whatever about Lennie Small is ironic, including his name; he is an enormous guy with a mini brain, has a heart of gold that appears evil, and enjoys a lot, it kills. One can never, ever evaluate a book by its cover.