Of Mice and Men– Lennie As An Innocent Character
Throughout the unique Steinbeck depicts Lennie as an innocent character who loves soft things and one who does not expect threat. As a hint of his psychological special needs, we discover at the very beginning of the novel an instance where Lennie is caressing a dead mouse. Lennie is clearly vulnerable to lots of unsafe scenarios as he does not have the discriminating capability of a regular person. His ignorant and unsuspecting nature leads him to a great deal of troubles. Time and once again George needs to intervene to safeguard Lennie from numerous precarious circumstances which he manages to land himself into because of his naive nature.
Curley, the farm owner’s son, is a jealous character who thinks his flirty spouse. When Lennie gets to mix freely with Mrs. Curley, George rightly alerts him of the danger. George assumes a caring, recommending, protecting and controling role in the relationship which is evident when he alerts Lennie of drinking excessive and ruining his health. He likewise schedules them to satisfy in the Salinas River whenever they land up in any problem. The next day George meets Slim, a mule motorist and a prominent individual in the ranch and they get to understand each other.
George confides in Slim about his true relationship with Lennie (a childhood buddy) and the difficulties that Lennie lands them into so often. George tells Slim that they lost their previous job due to the fact that Lennie was attempting to touch a lady’s fabric and was incorrectly accused of rape criminal offense. George even confesses to Slender that he abused Lennie once for his enjoyment which he repents it. In the novel we also note how well Steinbeck sets the tone of what is to take place in the future. He treats us early in the novel that is much better to kill a suffering canine than to let it live and suffer.
This appears when Carlson a cattle ranch employee asks sweet the old male with an old pet dog to mercy kill it. This is a presage to the awful end of the novel where the innocence of Lennie is lastly butchered by the ghastly nature of the world. Lennie mistakenly eliminates his family pet puppy and is unfortunate about it. Curley’s partner comes at that time and as a consoling act lets him touch her soft hair as he has a predilection for soft things. However, he pulls too tough which makes her yell. He grips her neck in an effort to silence her however winds up breaking her neck.
As currently concurred upon, Lennie hurries to the pool of the Salinas River to meet George and states what took place to Mrs. Curley. Meanwhile the ranch people go over and arrange a lynch celebration against Lennie. George informs Lennie of his dream cattle ranch and while they are still speaking about it he hears the approaching lynch mob. Particular that the angry group would be unflinching to Lennie and with the pure objective of avoiding trouble for his friend whom he secured with all earnestness, sincerity and love for this long, George takes it upon himself to provide a peaceful death for his good friend and shoots him in the head.
When the mob reaches the scene he pretends to have actually shot Lennie as a self defense measure. Just Slim, who knows the real nature of George and his love towards Lennie comprehends the circumstance in the true light of things and consoles him and strolls him away from the scene. As Steinbeck depicts through the character of George the commitment and love that specify friendship, he also projects the horrid nature of the world which is ruthless to the weak and the disabled.