The Character And Importance Of George Essay

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The Character And Importance Of George Essay, Research Paper George is described as “small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp strong features”, which immediately draws contrast with Lennie, demonstrating that where Lennie is simple and slow, George is more mentally able and has a dominant position in their relationship. Because of his r?le of Lennie’s carer, and hence that much of George’s conversation is about Lennie, we learn little about him through his actual conversations with people. His only extended meaningful conversations are with Slim, and certainly do centre on Lennie, a clear indicator that much of George’s life is centred on Lennie. We can, however, learn a great deal about him through his actions; he is caring, level headed and

sensible, but is greatly worn by the constant attention Lennie requires. Despite this, it is clear that he loves him greatly. We understand from his actions and attitudes that George is sensible and able to think quickly in a situation, he is rational and a realist. He knows from experience and understanding of the nature of others, for example, that if the boss hears Lennie talk and realises his handicap, then it is unlikely they will get work. Thus he tells Lennie not to talk during their preliminary encounter, “you ain’t gonna say a word?if he finds out what a crazy bastard you are we won’t get no job”. He also knows, from past experience presumably, to make Lennie repeat things two or three times over to himself, to help him remember. He also knows that Lennie is

likely to do things and attempt to hide them, such as when he instantly realises Lennie has a puppy with him when entering the bunkhouse. “George went quickly to him, grabbed him by the shoulder and rolled him over. He reached down and picked the tiny puppy from where Lennie had been concealing it against his stomach.” The fact he is so fast and sure in his actions suggests there his little doubt in his prediction that Lennie will have a puppy with him; he knows him well. He also knows to be naturally suspicious of others he encounters for fear that they will be prejudiced against Lennie, and although this can result in the loss of potential friendships, it is unfortunately necessary as otherwise Lennie would face much more danger. Exemplification of this is his natural

reaction to Curley’s wife; he warns Lennie to stay away from the “jail-bait all set on the trigger.” We also see his necessary inability to trust anyone here, as he talks of his preference of whore over actual relationships; there is less danger from true involvement. “You give me a good whore house every time.” Much of George’s character concerns his relationship and interaction with Lennie, perhaps because he is so constantly occupied with Lennie that the relationship has begun to underpin his entire character. He cares for Lennie, ensuring his safety and instructing him in almost every situation, an example of which is seen in CH2 when he warns him about drinking stagnant water, “You never oughta drink water when it ain’t running, Lennie”. The fact that this

comment is made ?hopelessly’ suggests that he has made warnings many times before, which are unheeded by Lennie, a fact which George understands but will continue to instruct him anyway. This situation can, however, anger George, such as his angry response when Lennie asks where they’re going again. George, however, recovers quickly from this anger; it may be that he is simply reasserting self-control after losing it briefly, or that his angry appearance was only feigned to display to Lennie his rather milder frustration. Without Lennie, George would be much like other men, simply roaming the tracks of California looking for work. He laments his lack of this simple life when he becomes annoyed with Lennie. An example of this is seen when a pestered George responds sharply to