George

Of Mice and Men

George

George can be described by a few distinct characteristics, for one, he is very short tempered, but he is still a loving and loyal friend. However, you can see him changing throughout the story. You learn that he is capable of changing and growing during his conversation with Slim, where he admits he used to abuse abused Lennie for fun. From that expierence, George learns that it is wrong to take advantage of the weaker, and he regrets it. At the begginning of the book, George is what you could call an idealist. Although on the outside he is rough and sort of mean, he believes that one day he and Lennie are going to live in a farm on their own. He cannot wait for the day he can retire and go to baseball game and just simply be free. But whats more important is safety for Lennie against people who seem to exist only to cause trouble for them. Lennie is the main reason that George believes this could happen, but then the realization that the world is going to prey on the weak sort of changes his point of view. At the end of the story, George had to shoot Lennie to spare his friend from being murdered by Curley's lynch mob, but by doing this, he also give up his hope for a perfect life for himself.

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Quotes

"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place. They come to a ranch an' work up a stake and then they go inta town and blow their stake, and the first thing you know they're poundin' their tail on some other ranch. They ain't got nothing to look ahead to." This shows that George is lonley and he is talking about how they live their lives.


“A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick.” He is talking about how Lennie keeps him sane