Of Mice And Men, Caring George

By Matthew Dowell, Kyle Epperson, and Kaela Simpson


In Of Mice and Men, we recognized the relationship between George and Lennie and how George was very caring towards Lennie. Although George is caring for Lennie, he is doing it for not only for Lennie’s needs, but his needs also. In the end, George kills Lennie when he is happy because he knows they won’t achieve happiness like that ever again.

We wrote about this because we wanted to figure out why George treated Lennie this way whether because he was a friend or family to George. We also wanted to discuss the meaning behind the murder of Lennie Committed by George and the possible motives behind them.

Our Reasons

"I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that's why" (Steinbeck 14).

This quote shows that George was saying that they are both there for each other and George wouldn't be the same without him. While analyzing this, we can see a deeper meaning of how George wants to show Lennie how much they mean to each other.

"When I think of a swell time In could have without you, I go nuts. I never get no peace" (Steinbeck 12).

This quote shows to the reader, George doesn't get any peace because he is constantly taking care of Lennie. While analyzing this, we saw that even though George doesn't want to help Lennie, he would go nuts without his presence.

"But I wouldn't eat none, George. I'd leave it all for you.But you could cover your beans with it and I wouldn't touch none of it" (Steinback 12)

This quote shows that Lennie loved George enough to give him all the ketchup if they had it. While analyzing this, we saw that this is one of the many instances where Lennie is showing his compassion for George.

External Evidence

Lennie has a mental disability and he is reliant on George to take care of him. Lennie thinks the world of George and only wants to make him happy even when he is irritated at him.

Ranch workers generally don't have much family if any but they are sticking together. Since Lennie's aunt dies, George feels he is responsible for taking care of Lennie because of his disability.


Our opinion of Lennie and George is they are very compassionate and they rely heavily on each other. George felt the need to take care of Lennie even though he didn't have to go out of his way to do so. George relied on Lennie for companionship throughout their relationship, therefore proving our point that the bond between them was almost unbreakable. In the end, George killing Lennie can be seen as a selfish act or a selfless act; George knew after all these hardships they had faced, Lennie would never be as happy as he was now and if he let him live on he would have to face future complications. But the fact is that he did kill him does make George look bad and cause controversy.

Works Cited

Migli, Shannon. "Of Mice and Men Character Analysis." Of Mice and Men Character Analysis. Schenectady High School, 17 Dec. 2015. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.

Steinbeck, John. "Chapter 1 Page 12." Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 1993. 12. Print.

Steinbeck, John. "Chapter 1 Page 14.' Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 1993. 12. Print

Steinbeck, John. "Chapter 1 Page 12." Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 1993. 12. Print.