Of Mice And Men

Lennie

Character Description

A large, childlike worker , who has a mental disability. Lennie depends upon George, his friend for guidance.George and Lennie have a vision of owning a farm. Lennie does not understand his own strength. His love of petting soft things, such as small animals, dresses, and people’s hair, leads to disaster. But he is a character Steinbeck sets up for disaster, a character whose innocence only seems to ensure his inevitable destruction.


Don't let the name fool you: Lennie Small is big. Unfortunately, that's about all he has going for him, and he's got a really good friend.

Curly and Lennie Fight

Of Mice And Men - Curly and Lenny Fight

Quotes from the fight

"I wasn't kicked in the head with no horse, was I, George?"

"Be a damn good thing if you was," George said viciously. "Save ever'body a hell of a lot of trouble." (2.61-62)


It's a good think Lennie isn't actually George's kid, because we're pretty sure that Child Protective Services would have to get involved. Lennie's an adult—but does that make it okay? Or does his mental disability make him so childlike that George might as well be abusing a kid?


Song

it's about a little boy who's handicapped, but smiles and has a pure heart, just like Lennie. He didn't choose to be that way, he was just born that way.


God's Will by Martina McBride *Lyrics*

Theme

Lennie's mental disability makes him into a child. He likes hanging out with George and petting soft things. Theres a problem, he's a child trapped in the body of a powerful man. Innocence may protect Lennie, because he never has to deal with the reality of what he's done, but it doesn't protect the people around him.