John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, there was a character by the name of Lennie, a mentally challenged man. Lennie who had the mind of a three-year-old and the body of a giant was a sweet, outgoing guy. Although Lennie never remembered anything, he always remembered the words of his father figure George’s words. One of Lennies most passionate qualities was his love for animals; the way he cared for the touch of soft things made that love even stronger. In Lennie there was a special, passionate, and forgetful man. Lennie, whose brain didn’t develop properly often acted like a small child, yet had the strength of 10 men put together. These characteristics were presented to us by the way he would always ask questions and run around like a young rambunctious kid, although he had the power to kill animals by simply petting them. Lennie was childlike by the way he portrayed his emotion, like running away and crying when yelled at. Even though Lennie never meant any harm to anyone he had more power than he knew what to do with, when trying to stop the wife from screaming, he snapped her neck without even knowing it. In conclusion Lennie was a strong powerful man, even if at heart he was a simple child. The passion Lennie often showed was that of his love of soft things. Lennie couldn’t resist petting and stroking the smooth, lovely beings. Lennie when trying to explain his desire for nice surfaces, to prove he wasn’t crazy said to the wife “ No I ain’t,” “ George says I ain’t. I like to pet nice things with my fingers, sof’ things.” This was 1 of many statements Lennie used to describe this passion. So after al, Lennie who may have often hurt animals and people, never meant for it to happen, it was just his way of trying to show his true love for the species. Although time and time again Lennie was told things, that for any other man would be simple to remember, Lennie constantly forgot. “I forgot,” Lennie said softly. “I tried not to forget. Honest to god I did, George.” This was a close resemble to the constant reply heard most from Lennie. Although there was one thing Lennie always remembered and that was the stories and answers that came from George.

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