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A focus on george and lennie in john steinbecks story of mice and men

William Delaney Certified Educator Many people have posted questions about the relationship between George and Lennie.

  1. Although this lack of anchorage is particularized as an historical manifestation of the Depression Era, people in this story are basically divided by a timeless and universal feature of the human condition, a distrust born of vulnerability.
  2. They are only creations of the author John Steinbeck. This is plainly an expression of wishful thinking.
  3. The two men are forced together by common necessity rather than genuine emotional attachment.
  4. What is important is understanding his purpose in creating them, just as it is important to understand why he created all the other characters, including the pugnacious Curley and his adolescent wife.

A few have asked if they have a homosexual relationship. I believe it is impossible for a critic to talk about these two characters as if they were real people. They are only creations of the author John Steinbeck.

What is important is understanding his purpose in creating them, just as it is important to understand why he created all the other characters. Many people have posted questions about the relationship between George and Lennie.

What is important is understanding his purpose in creating them, just as it is important to understand why he created all the other characters, including the pugnacious Curley and his adolescent wife. None of these people are real. Steinbeck created them to serve specific purposes in a story about farm workers in California during the 1930s.

During the spring and summer months there was a demand for fruit pickers, and the growers provided some kind of accommodations for these workers. But they could never stay in one place for long.

In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, what is the relationship between George and Lennie like?

They had to "follow the crops," and the different fruits grew in different parts of the state. All of the work was back-breaking and low-paying.

Steinbeck painted a much broader picture in his masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. His novelette Of Mice and Men was almost like a practice exercise or a sketch book in preparation for the much more powerful novel about the Okies and Arkies who had to come out to California when the great drought created a Dust Bowl in the mid-1930s and tenant farmers were being evicted from their homes.

  • Lennie furnishes George with an object for his own lower-case ennoblement;
  • Steinbeck created them to serve specific purposes in a story about farm workers in California during the 1930s;
  • George also uses Lennie as an excuse for the menial hardships that he must endure;
  • It is evident from the start that Lennie could not possibly function in the harsh world that they inhabit without George, who holds his companion's work card and always does the talking for him.

In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck wanted to focus on a couple of men who travel around together working on ranches all the way from Bakersfield to Weed. It is important to understand that while writing his book, Steinbeck was already planning to turn it into a stage play.

The play opened in New York in 1937, the same year the book was published. Steinbeck wanted to have, not one, but two central characters, because that way he could handle all his exposition by having them talk to each other.

Of Mice and Men George and Lennie

Most of the bindlestiffs were "loners," but he needed two who were partners mainly in order to write dialogue that would inform the reader, and the future theater audience, of all the information they needed to know. A good example of how Steinbeck uses dialogue for exposition is found in Chapter 1.

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She jerks back and you hold on like it was a mouse. By making Lennie mentally retarded, Steinbeck was able to have George explain everything to him and to the reader at the same time. These two bindlestiffs have a symbiotic relationship. In analyzing characters in fiction, it is useful to keep in mind that they are only creations of the human imagination, whether they are called Hamlet or Holden Caulfield--or whatever.

  1. His novelette Of Mice and Men was almost like a practice exercise or a sketch book in preparation for the much more powerful novel about the Okies and Arkies who had to come out to California when the great drought created a Dust Bowl in the mid-1930s and tenant farmers were being evicted from their homes. As a black man, Crooks is clearly liable to such false...
  2. Many people have posted questions about the relationship between George and Lennie.
  3. A good example of how Steinbeck uses dialogue for exposition is found in Chapter 1. By the same token, just as Lennie needs mice and pups and rabbits to take care of, George needs Lennie to tend.