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Of Mice and Men
George's Character Traits
When George and Lennie stop in the little clearing by the river for the night, George tells Lennie that "if [he] just [happens] to get in trouble like [he] always [did] before,"(Steinbeck 15) George wants him to go back there and hide in the brush. He knows if everyone on the ranch wants to find Lennie, the clearing would be a safe place to wait. After Candy says he wants to help George and Lennie get a piece of land, George says that "[he is going to] write to [the] old people [who own] the [land] that [they will] take it.[And Candy will] send a hundred dollars to bind [it]"(61). George wants to send the letter so that the people won’t sell the land before he has the money to buy it. After finding Curley’s wife dead in the barn George says to Candy, "Now you listen. The guys might think I was in on it. I’m [going to] go in the bunk house. Then in a minute you come out and tell the guys about her, and I’ll come along and make like I never [saw] her"(95). George knows that if nobody thinks he had anything to do with Curley’s wife’s death, they will still let him work on the ranch even if Lennie is guilty.
In the clearing, George and Lennie stop in for the night
George says that they’re going to go see the boss the next
day. George says "[he’ll] give him the work tickets, but
[Lennie isn’t going to] say a word. [He’s just going to]
stand there and [not] say [anything]"(6). After George
throws away Lennie’s mouse and Lennie goes and gets
it, George shouts "[Give me] that mouse!"(8). After the
first time Curley’s wife comes in the bunk house,
George says to Lennie, "Well, you keep away from her,
[because] she’s a rat-trap if I ever [saw] one"(32).
When George and Lennie stop for the night at the beginning of the novel George takes Lennie’s mouse away from him, because it’s not fresh, and throws it away. Lennie goes and gets it and George throws it away again. George feels bad that he made Lennie sad so he says that if "[Lennie gets] another mouse that’s fresh [he will] let [Lennie] keep it [for a] little while"(9). Lennie hears Slim talking about his new puppies. George says "[he] heard [Slim]. [He will] ask him"(36) if Lennie can have a puppy. When Candy says that Curley will want to kill Lennie, George says "[he isn’t going to] let [them] hurt Lennie"(95).
I think the theme that George expresses in the novel is loneliness. George takes care of Lennie because he wants Lennie as a companion to travel and work with. I think George likes the ranch he and Lennie work on because there are lots of people there who he has made friends with. That's why he chooses to stay at the ranch and not move somewhere esle afer Lennie is gone.
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