Relationship between Lennie and George in Of Mice and Male by John Steinbeck
Lennie and George are substantially various from the other cattle ranch employees generally unlike the employees who are all revealed to be lonesome, George and Lennie have each other. They relay on each other and their dreams together. There is a bond of trust and friendship between the 2 main characters which is tragically highlighted in the closing lines of the book. The novel ‘Of Mice and Males’ by John Steinbeck is embeded in the early 1930’s following the collapse of the New York wall street market called the depression years.
In this time there was heavy unemployment; migrant workers from all over America pertained to California where the book is set in the Salinas valley in search of prospects of work. The ranch itself is a microcosm of the life for migrant employees because time, their insecurities are revealed through the characters such as Curley, Candy, Curley’s spouse and also the life of Black people through Crooks. All the characters are lonely other than for Lennie and George who have each other and this is shown through their hopes and dreams.
Lennie and Georges history together opens when George speak to Slender a character that everybody respects, even Curley. George freely speaks to Slim about the incident when George informs Lennie to delve into the river jokingly, however to everyone’s surprise Lennie leaps in without questioning George not understanding he can not swim and practically drowns if George didn’t save him, even then Lennie thanks George for saving him despite the fact that it was George who told him to do it in the first location.
At this point George’s fear is shown at Leannie’s inability to comprehend rational and illogical things, George realises at that minute that if he is not cautious Lennie could do the wrong thing once again. George’s other fears are also displayed in the event at weed, while speaking about it to slim he explains Lennie being ‘slow’ as he likes to touch everything he likes, just wishes to feel it. So he reaches to feel a ladies red gown and the girl screams, Lennie gets scared all he can believe to do is hang on and that George had to strike him with a fence picket to make him let go.
Again Lennie’s strength becomes a problem and the author nearly foretelling the future. George is afraid of Lennie not comprehending right from incorrect and his strength scares George making him think that he may to what he did at weed again. Lennie is revealed to be a child in a mans body. throughout the book he wants to be told their dream practically like a bed time story and does not feel closure up until he has been told it. And once again like a kid he likes soft and fury things associating with the reason why he likes to touch gowns.
Lennie’s greatest fear of the all is that he will not have the ability to tend the bunnies if he did something wrong like the occurrence at weed again, he is also afraid of his own strength and not having the ability to let go. Lennie and George’s imagine having a place of their own ‘living of the fat of the land’ and Lennie and his alfalfa spot and tending the rabbits, keep’s them going and hoping that they will not need to worry about Lennie doing the wrong things again, and George being able to do what he desires do and not consider what will happen to Lennie. Their dreams produce wish for other characters like Sweet and Criminals even for a short while.
On the face of it, it appears that Lennie, since of his mental immaturity, is totally reliant upon George for his survival and for getting work at numerous cattle ranches. Similarly important however, is the level to which George relies on Lennie for companionship in the typically hostile and lonesome environment of the migrant labourer. As George admits to Slender when discussing himself and Lennie ‘it’s a lot better to go around with a guy you know’. It can be seen; therefore that George may not be with Lennie simply out of a sense of pity or responsibility to Lennie’s aunt Clara.
From the start of the novel Steinbeck raises the concerns in the minds of the reader about why these characters must be associated with such an unlikely collaboration: George lacks stature, intelligent and tasks self-confidence, Lennie on the other hand, is a giant of a male, ponderous in his gait and his mind of a child. The course of events that unfold are terrible, most of it starts with Curley and his insecurity about his height and his constantly going to select a battle with larger males to prove he is not weak. Steinbeck calls him computing and ugnacious and provides him reptilian animal like qualities representing his behaviour to a crocodile while Lennie is revealed to have bear and horse like qualities compared to animals with admirable traits. Ch 3 begins when Curley busts in searching for Slim who he thinks is with his other half. When Slim re-enters the space telling Curley that he’s ill of Curley asking him about his better half. Curley can’t combat with Slim so he transfers to Carlson who cautions him not to select a battle with him, as they all take part Curley feels defenceless therefore turns on to Lennie offered any excuse to eliminate with him.
As Curley begins to combat him, Lennie provides a cry of fear and turns to George for aid as he was too frightened to protect himself. George immediately gets onto his feet shouting ‘Give it to him Lennie, do not let him do it’. George hesitated of Lennie’s strength but he would not let Lennie go down like that he was protective over him. As Curley goes for another blow to the blood covered face, Lennie gets his fist. Curley is explained to be flopping as a fish. Then much like in weed Lennie hung on to the closed fist being crushed by Lennie’s hand. It took both George and Slim to make Lennie let go.
Curley was warned not to say a word about what took place. After this Curley’s partner ended up being very thinking about what occurred actually occurred to Curley’s hand but nobody spoke to her. When Lennie eliminates the puppy in the barn, while questioning what to do Curley’s spouse comes in. although he shouldn’t speak to her he does, she tells him how she is lonesome and just desires somebody to talk too, also how unhappy she remains in her marital relationship to Curley, this is the only point in the novel where her story comes out, how she was never enjoyed in the house, how she wed Curley to get away from her life, her imagine ending up being popular in motion pictures.
As Lennie feels her hair vents duplicate themselves he can’t release and in her battle to secure free and Lennie’s worry that she will call George he breaks her neck in attempt to silence her once again his inability to control his strength has deviated for the worst. He realises what he has actually done and remembers that if he did anything bad George said to go to the brush where he ‘d discover him there, so Lennie quickly and quietly leaves. Sweet is the first to discover her in the barn and gets George who understands quickly what has occurred he tells candy to let him go to the bunk house first then inform the rest of them so he does not look included.
There dream is destroyed and candy blames Curley’s wife, when he informs the rest of them Curley shows no sign of regret all he can do is think of getting Lennie back. As they all take off to find Lennie, George manages to find him initially by the lake; even now he is still scared he won’t have the ability to tend the rabbits. George understands that there is no way out for them, understanding Curley he would simply want to kill him he would not put him in jail, and if he let him go the Lennie couldn’t care for himself he would pass away without food, shelter and somebody to care for him.
George knew that he would need to kill him when he found Lennie. Similar to Candy’s canine to put him out of his suffering for the sake of Lennie. Also he could not let another person do it he told Lennie about their dream one last time as he informed it he quietly put the gun to the back of Lennie’s head without him understanding and shot him, it was a compassion kill. At the end it is Slim who comforts him in informing George that he needed to do it. Bibliography: Of Mice and Male by John Steinbeck