Of Mice and Men Relationships

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

One stayed behind the other’, is the very first sign that a person take more of a lead in the relationship than the other, and more proof to support this: ‘Lennie mimicked him exactly’. Steinbeck goes on to explain the very first man to be ‘little and fast’, whereas ‘behind him walked his opposite, a big guy’. It would be believed the larger male would lead, to safeguard. The two males are referred to as ‘Both were worn denim trousers and in denim coats … and both carried tight blanket rolls’.

This reveals they are similar in the way they are both travelling employees. However they differ with look: George is described to have ‘sharp functions’, and Lennie to be his opposite ‘shapeless of face’. Steinbeck utilizes their look to demonstrate how completely different they are with everything, George has a sharp, fast mind, while on the other hand Lennie is rather basic minded. Steinbeck presents George and Lennie’s relationship quite like that of a dad and kids.

George cares for Lennie’s work card as George knows Lennie all right not to trust him with it: “think I ‘d let you bring your own work card?” George also keeps an eye out for Lennie and tries to secure him- ‘you never oughta drink water when it ain’t running’, which is proof to reveal he resembles a father, encouraging Lennie. Steinbeck stresses the style of George and Lennie being like a daddy and kid even more by George applauding Lennie to develop Lennie’s self esteem: “Good kid, that’s it”.