Lennie From "Of Mice & Men"

By: Andrew Leustean

Description about Lennie from "Of Mice & Men"

Lennie is a large, lumbering, childish migrant worker. Due to his mental disability, Lennie completely depends on George (Basically, George is kind of like an assistant for Lennie), his friend and traveling companion, for guidance and protection kind of like an angel. Though the only problem is, Lennie most of the time is always with George. Because of this, Lennie never really visits new faces, instead he has George burned into his retina. The two men share a vision of a farm that they will own together like an Owner and Co-Owner. A vision that Lennie believes in wholeheartedly. Gentle and kind, Lennie nevertheless does not understand his own strength mainly because he can't really use his strength, and he doesn't really understand how strength really works. He also likes small, soft, or cute things such as his love of petting soft things, such as small animals, dresses, and people’s hair, leads to disaster, the ending of the story even shows this happening with Lennie killing Curley's Wife all because of Lennie and her hair.

A mentally disabled, but physically strong man who travels with George and is his constant companion.[6] He dreams of "living off the fatta' the lan'" and being able to tend to rabbits. His love for soft things conspires against him, mostly because he does not know his own strength, and eventually becomes his undoing. ~Wikipedia

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Death Of Lennie Small

Lennie was killed mainly because I far as I know, George did not want to take care of Lennie anymore. I find this scene to be very sad because one thing is for sure, Lennie is the most indecent person ever... (Besides murdering Curley's Wife and other things.) It also shows how much of a jerk George can be, especially this scene! Speaking of George, I find him to be a mysterious character with an attitude. (Kinda'...)

One of the Themes For "Of Mice & Men" How does it relate with Lennie?

The Predatory Nature of Human Existence

Of Mice and Men teaches a grim lesson about the nature of human existence. Nearly all of the characters, including George, Lennie, Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife, admit, at one time or another, to having a profound sense of loneliness and isolation. For example, near the end of the book, Lennie was all alone in the farm. It was until Curley's wife came by to talk to him about whatever they were talking about. After that, Lennie starts messing around with Curley's Wife's hair and as she struggles to get out, Lennie broke Curley's Wife's neck in which it ends up killing her... yeah... really scary! As far as I know at least I think so, this is suppose to show Lennie's frustration of being alone or it shows that he just wants to be loved, in this case with Curley's Wife. But it does show how Lennie's action here relates to this theme. Each desires the comfort of a friend, but will settle for the attentive ear of a stranger. Curley’s wife admits to Candy, Crooks, and Lennie that she is unhappily married, and Crooks tells Lennie that life is no good without a companion to turn to in times of confusion and need though, this happens before Curley's Wife gets killed. Curley's Wife also explained that the only reason why Curley was married to her was just because Curley's Wife just wanted to escape from her family and mother, this is where the quote "Stealing her letters" (From Chapter 5) comes in handy, because according to this chapter, stealing the letters could have saved her from being famous. The characters are rendered helpless by their isolation, and yet, even at their weakest, they seek to destroy those who are even weaker than they. For example, near the end of the book (I believe Chapter 5) Lennie killed Curley's Wife's puppy, at least I think it was her puppy unless she randomly found it but either way it's her puppy. Thanks to my amazing memory, I'm not quite sure why Lennie killed her puppy. I think it has something to do with Lennie's frustration again for being alone or he just did it by accident, or it was... let's just say etc. Well the most important thing is that it relates to the theme. Perhaps the other most powerful example of this cruel tendency is when Crooks criticizes Lennie’s dream of the farm and his dependence on George. Having just admitted his own vulnerabilities—he is a black man with a crooked back who longs for companionship—Crooks zeroes in on Lennie’s own weaknesses.