Of Mice and Men – Quotes with Analysis – Lennie Small

“Drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse” Animalistic attitude towards his power and his simplicity. Obviously his behaviour shows that he doesn’t know how to go about things but he just does it in the most simple manner. When he strokes the mice and kills it shows how he has very little control over his power and his actions. he doesn’t have the intellect to do things the right way.
“Because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you” shows how happy the relatipship make him. He thinks it is a symbiotic relationship but to the reader it seems as if only George is looking after Lennie. However we must not forget how important the friendship is to George. Without Lennie George could have gone crazy and this is perfectly shown in the character of Crooks.
“Go on… George. How I get to tend the rabbits” He like really simple things and this is the part of the dream he really wants. This shows how he might not have received affection in his childhood and this is some kind of maternal instinct.
Lennie watched her, fascinated The use of the adjective ‘fascinated’ tells us he has a minor obsession growing. It is something which is going to be important to him in the future and as we know she seals his fate.
Lennie leaned eagerly towards his, “Le’s go, George. Le’s get outta here. It’s mean here. It tells us that Lennie has some insight into what was going to happen. Even though he is so big and strong; this is how tender and afraid he was. He knew he was going to get into trouble at some point because people are not going to be nice or something is going to get out of hand. The fact that he said it ‘eagerly’ which shows a childlike innocence.
Lennie said softly, “We could live off the fatta the lan’ .” “Sure” said George. Summarises the American dream and how people wanted to own work for themselves and be their own bosses. This was the dream that George and Lennie were chasing.
Curley was flopping like a fish on a line Again this shows his power and the pain he can cause to humans beings.
“I wisht George was here. I wisht George was here” Desperation for George when the Crooks is teasing him. He shows us the need he has for George. Showing how important George is to him to ease the pain. George has done it for him time and time again and so therefore he wants George with him at that point.
Slim: “I have never seen such a strong guy” Showing his unique place in the ranch. Also showing us why he gets on Curley’s nerves so much.
Lennie smiled helplessly in an attempt to make friends. (At Crooks) He doesn’t understand the social stigmas between the whites and the blacks. He doesn’t understand that Crooks’ place is private and this shows how he doesn’t really know what he is doing without George.
He shook her then, and he was angry with her and her body flopped like a fish Lennie had broken her neck. This event is ultimately the downfall of Lennie. This is the event which leads to him going into the brush where eventually he gets killed.
“Tend rabbits,” it said scornfully. “You crazy bastard. You ain’t fit to like the boots of no rabbits” This shows how hard Lennie is on himself. This is after Aunt Clara has had a go at him and the rabbits that he has been wanting to tend throughout the novella are now going against him. This shows that he understands the gravity of the situation that he is in and how bad it really is. Furthermore it is an echo of George’s voice which shows how much of an influence he is on Lennie.
“Oh! George- George- George!” Scream for George. In a way it is a fulfilment of a wish that he wants George to come and make it better. George does it in the only way possible.
Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering it is a very touching and fitting because he jars and then settles ‘slowly’ which shows it was not painful death. He has kind of slumped into a deep sleep. What Steinbeck is trying to tell us here is that there was some kind of comfort in this for Lennie and that George has done the right thing.

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