Explore the Ways the Relationship Between Two Characters, of Your Choice, Is Presented in of Mice and Men

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As Steinbeck introduces the two characters, Steinbeck instantly notes the difference in both the appearance and attitude of the characters. Within the novel, even when the characters reach an opening that should allow them to walk together, one stays ahead of the other. This is George, who is the obvious leader. George "was small and quick, dark of face with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined". In comparison, Lennie - the follower - was "a huge man, shapeless of face, with large pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders and he walked heavily". The relationship that Steinbeck presents between George and Lennie is quite smooth but to an extent, the relationship is founded on love and trust. George in various occasions is seen as being a parent, saviour and an ambassador for Lennie.
Due to, Lennie’s mental immaturity he is totally reliant on George and places his trust in George. As
George has the intellectual capacity to think and to find a job on the ranch for himself and Lennie,
George doesn’t have to have Lennie as a companion especially as account of Lennie that George loses his job, as he clearly states in chapter one, “God you’re a lot of trouble... I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail.” Here when George is punishing Lennie he later resents his anger, which shows that, George has dreams and hopes as well as Lennie this might suggest that, George likes Lennie out of love as a parent would do.
Also further in the book ‘in a panic Lennie looked at George for help.’ Lennie automatically looked for George for help and reassurance as George is his saviour. This is typical of what a child would do when they feel threatened. However George needs Lennie for companionship. As he admits to
Slim when discussing their relationship. ‘It’s a lot nicer to go around with a guy you know.’
George…...

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