Of Mice and Men By: John Steinbeck

Presentation By: Nick Rumer

Lennie Small

Description of Lennie Small

Lennie is 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.

'Of Mice and Men' Character Analysis- Lennie


Video Analysis of Lennie

The person in this video compares Lennie to a Lion. Lennie is like a child in a grown ups body and they compare Lennie and Georges relationship to a parent and child relationship. The Lennie is unpredictable, he could get upset at any moment and he is also as strong as a bull so this makes people scared of him. I put this video in because it shows how Lennie has a one track mind but has good intentions.

The theme of the story is "The Failure of the American Dream"

Lennie represents this theme by failing himself in having the American Dream. Lennie and George had a plan to someday own a big farm and be wealthy, this was the typical American dream. But there American Dream was a failure, as most are. Lennie's dream ended tragically in his death after he killed Curley's Wife when he felt threatened. This represents the failure of the American dream.

Quote 1 "But I wouldn't eat none, George. I'd leave it all for you. You could cover your beans with it and I wouldn't touch none of it."

This quote represents that Lennie is a very sensitive caring person. Lennie might still be a strong and not as smart so people interpret him in the wrong way. But Lennie attempts to look out for George and be nice.

Quote 2 ""If you don' want me I can g off in the hills an' find a cave. I can go away any time."

This quote expresses how Lennie wants George to be happy and comfortable. Lennie was willing to leave and be homeless and find a cave somewhere. Lennie shows compassion.

The End of Lennie Small "Quote 3"

""Don't you go yellin'," he said, and he shook her; and her body flopped like a fish. And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck. "

Lennie's life comes to a tragic end along with Curley's Wife. Lennie was touching Curley's Wife's hair and Lennie started to hurt her. Lennie feels threatened by Curley's wife when she is yelling at him to stop, Lennie thinks he is going to get in trouble. Curley's Wife wont be quiet so Lennie snaps her neck and kills her. George then knows he has to kill Lennie and "Put him out of hell" then shoots him.