Of Mice And Men– Characterization Of Lennie
Do not judge a book by its cover. One need to check out the book in its whole to value the story, and completely understood its significance. The character of Lennie Small in the novel, Of Mice and Men, can be compared to a book; it is simple to judge Lennie by taking a look at the outdoors cover; however, to really comprehend him, his inner soul must be explored. One can value the extent of Lennie’s troubles, and how, naturally, he is so typically misjudged, by examining his mental disabilities, physical attributes, and psychological habits.
Lennie’s character is seriously psychologically challenged: he is socially inept, has an underdeveloped memory, and shows unsuitable behavior. Lennie is clearly emotionally unskilled; his mind has developed to a level similar to that of a kid; therefore, he can understand and communicate only the most elementary ideas and concepts, and has no ability to evaluate situations before he speaks or acts.” “? I turns to Lennie and says, “? Jump in.’ An’ he leaps. Could not swim a stroke. He damn near drowned before we could get him.'” (p. 4) Not only is Lennie unable to comprehend the significance of importance, he has no memory of essential assertions if they do not directly relate to bunnies. He can not even remember his Auntie Clara, who took him in as a baby, and he coped with until she died. In order for Lennie to conceptualize and remember ideas or guidelines, he must repeatedly recite them to George; even this routine will not insure a recollection of the information. Although Lennie’s bad memory is an extreme issue, his ultimate disadvantage, is his inappropriate habits.
Although unintentional, Lennie triggers harm, and death to people and animals. These circumstances result from his extreme affection for soft and furry animals, things, or individuals, while stopping working to acknowledge his huge strength. “Lennie looked at it for a long time, and then he put out his huge hand and stroked it, stroked it clear from one end to the other. And Lennie stated, “? Why do you got to go get killed? ‘”(p. 93) Lennie’s mental impairments, lapse of memory, and specifically his inadvertent abuse of soft creatures, uses one the capability to determine the degree of his mental handicap.
Lennie’s physical description and capabilities entirely contradict that of his psychological capacity: he is a mammoth-sized man, with almost super-natural strength. He is described to have the physical attributes and quirks of a big animal such as a bear: he is enormous, has a shapeless face, wide sloping shoulders, big pale eyes, and strolls in a slow manner while dragging his feet. Not just does he appear like a bear, he also has the force of a bear. Lenny is so powerful, he can lift a four hundred pound bale at work on the farm; unfortunately, this power can likewise be utilized for destructive purposes.
Lenny has the capability of feasting on a guy’s hand with his own, mutilating it to the point where, “” ¦ ever’ bone in his han’ is bust.” (p. 70) Lennie’s astounding size and physical strength integrated with his currently extensive list of troubles set the phase for disaster. Lennie’s essential spirit and true inner-self are revealed by way of feelings: his psychological accessory to George, deep level of sensitivity, and most significantly, his only dream in life, help one to comprehend this character as they properly incarnate Lennie’s soul.
George is the only person who Lennie believes in. Lennie has a deep trust for George that has plainly formed a solid bond, or, as Lenny puts it,” “? ” ¦ Since”¦. due to the fact that I got you to care for me, and you got me to care for you” ¦’ “(p. 15) Because Lenny holds George in such high regard, his sensations can be seriously harmed when George scolds him. He typically holds his head down in shame and embarrassment when he forgets something George has stated, or when George explains how easy his life would lack him.
However, there is something Lenny has no trouble keeping in mind, his dream, the dream that takes in every inch of his being while simultaneously triggering his death. 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 imagine tending rabbits that triggers Lenny to snap the neck of Curly’s other half. As Lennie’s rough petting of her soft hair terrifies her, she begins to shriek, sending Lennie into a panic; he thinks if George hears the screams, he will not allow him to tend the bunnies.
He attempts to silence her screams, unintentionally killing her. One can see Lennie is a trusting, sensitive, and sadly misunderstood character, by observing his emotions. Lennie is mentally underdeveloped, yet physically overdeveloped. He has only one friend on the planet, George; he trusts him with his life, and with his dreams. Everything about Lennie Small is paradoxical, including his name; he is a massive man with a miniature brain, has a heart of gold that appears evil, and loves a lot, it kills. One can never, ever judge a book by its cover.