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Main characters of story



Villain of the story (Curley)


George Milton - description

"The first man was small quick, dark in the face with restless eyes and sharp, strong features." ~ describes George.


George - protective

"Don't you even take a look at that bitch." ~ women cause trouble - protective over Lennie - in past abused Lennie's trust (told him jump in water, couldn't swim) - feels need to protect.


George thinks of Lennie

"Hell of a nice fella"


George not mad at Lennie

"No, Lennie. I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's a thing I want you to know." ~ Lennie burdens George- George comforts Lennie with golden tale of their ranch - conscientious minder - will not leave Lennie - mercy killing - final act of friendship.


George - protect Lennie

"You get in trouble you do bad things and I got to get you out." ~ parent like relationship


George - loneliness

"Guys like us are the loneliest guys in the world..." ~ Lennie and George have each other.


Lennie Small - description

Lennie "small" ~ irony - not small actually very big.
"A huge man, shapeless of face, with large pale eyes, with wide, slopping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws."


Lennie - animal like

"Lennie crawled slowly"
"I don't like this place, George. This ain't no good place. I wanna get outta here." ~ instinctive like an animal - burden to George


Lennie - childlike

"You never oughta drink water when it ain't running, Lennie." ~ childlike - needs to be protected.
Happy "pettin" soft things.
More accepting of other defective characters (candy,crooks,curleys wife) - like a child.


Lennie - trouble/dangerous

"Lennie ain't no fighter, but Lennie's strong and quick and Lennie don't know no rules." ~ makes Lennie dangerous - simple minded - learning difficulties but sane - poses no threat - physical strength- needs/ dependant on George -for life + future - no asylum.


Curley - insecure

"Curley's like a lot of little guys. He hates big guys."