Lennie Small

"Of mice and men"

About the character

A large, lumbering, childlike migrant worker. Due to his mild mental disability, Lennie completely depends upon George, his friend and traveling companion, for guidance and protection. The two men share a vision of a farm that they will own together, a vision that Lennie believes in wholeheartedly. Gentle and kind, Lennie nevertheless does not understand his own strength. His love of petting soft things, such as small animals, dresses, and people’s hair, leads to disaster. Even though his last name is Small he is none the less he is a very big guy and i would not mess with him.


Lennie's buddy George

George helps Lennie with almost everything throughout the whole story. Sometimes George will even answer questions for him. Lennie has a disability but his strength is what keeps him from being unemployed, lots of business owners want him to help and that is exactly what George and Lennie go, which is some place that his strength is needed.


Some of the people that Lennie meets or knows in the story

Theme of the story

Fraternity and the idealized male friendship

Lennie and George, who come closest to achieving this ideal of brotherhood, are forced to separate tragically. With this, a rare friendship vanishes, but the rest of the world—represented by Curley and Carlson, who watch George stumble away with grief from his friend’s dead body—fails to acknowledge or appreciate it.

Things that Lennie cherish's

This shows the friendship that Lennie and George have on their travels

Of Mice and Men (1939) Full Movie