Of Mice and Men Relationships

The unique ‘Of mice and Men’ is composed by John Steinbeck, set in the 1930’s, America, during the Great Anxiety. The style of the book is of two men (George and Lennie) Steinbeck introduces the 2 characters, George and Lennie, in the opening area of the novel. From this dialogue-“You drink some, George”- the reader has the ability to develop an understanding of the two characters’ relationship.

One remained behind the other’, is the first indicator that one take more of a lead in the relationship than the other, and more proof to support this: ‘Lennie imitated him precisely’. Steinbeck goes on to explain the first guy to be ‘small and fast’, whereas ‘behind him strolled his opposite, a substantial male’. It would be believed the larger man would lead, to protect. The 2 males are described as ‘Both were dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats … and both brought tight blanket rolls’.

This shows they are comparable in the method they are both itinerant employees. Nevertheless they differ with look: George is described to have ‘sharp features’, and Lennie to be his opposite ‘shapeless of face’. Steinbeck uses their appearance to demonstrate how entirely various they are with everything, George has a sharp, fast mind, while on the other hand Lennie is rather basic minded. Steinbeck provides George and Lennie’s relationship quite like that of a dad and kids.

George cares for Lennie’s work card as George knows Lennie well enough not to trust him with it: “believe I ‘d let you bring your own work card?” George also watches out for Lennie and attempts to protect him- ‘you never ever oughta drink water when it ain’t running’, which is proof to show he is like a dad, encouraging Lennie. Steinbeck emphasises the style of George and Lennie resembling a dad and son even more by George applauding Lennie to build Lennie’s self esteem: “Great young boy, that’s it”.