His almighty frame juxtaposes his childlike mentality; which leads the reader to decipher that Leonie is extremely premature for his age and build. Leonie begins indicating childlike behaviors when he attempts to hide the mouse from George on the way to the ranch. George’s tenacious instincts urge him to continuously probe Leonie as to what he had in his hand. Leonie replied by expressing to George: “I could pet it with my thumb while we walked along” The word “pet” in this case suggests that it’s ordinary to harbor and nurture a mouse; taking into account that mice usually connote squalid and unsanitary conditions.
Moreover, in that era its more likely that those alleged conditions were seen as habitual to migrant workers, or even less fortunate families who were deeply affected by the Great Depression; as later in the text, George and Leonie talk about Lien’s Aunt Clara giving him mice to pet which arguably validates that mice were a common part of that time. Similarly, it can be said that Lien’s character is oblivious and that he finds it challenging to hang onto information. ” I forgot again”, this illustrates
Lien’s forgetful manner and the word “again” implies that that wasn’t the first time that Leonie has forgotten something; signifying that it’s a recurring issue. Conversely, Lien’s character is predominantly portrayed to have the aforesaid qualities but, in Chapter 4 when Crooks was taunting Leonie about George, he demonstrates a rather aggressive side to his usually slow-minded self. “Who hurt George? ” he demanded”, this expresses that despite Lien’s abnormalities, that he does have a more protective attribute – just like George.
Additionally, the character of George is described as “small” with sharp, strong features” and his personality often reflects both resentment and consideration; mainly towards Leonie. Steinbeck portrays George to be very compassionate with Leonie and whenever he got into any form of trouble, he was always there to resolve the predicament. However, Lien’s accidental killing of Curlers Wife changed everything and also put George in a tough situation. “Don’t shoot ‘IM. He didn’t know what he was doing’. Still, George defended Leonie and it relates back to when Carlson killed Candy’s Dog as, in the beginning of the novel Leonie was described as a dog and George wasn’t going to allow a stranger kill his friend like Candy allowed Carlson kill his dog. He’d rather do it himself. As brutal as it may seem, George did what was best for the both of them as if Curler and Carlson had got to him first, it would have been more fatal and this disputably displays his love and loyalty towards Leonie as George wasn’t going to let him die at the hands of Curler.
Correspondingly, although George is quick-witted and defensive when it concerns Leonie, he seems to say quite harsh comments towards Leonie. “God, you’re a lot of trouble,” “I could get along so easy and o nice if didn’t have you on my tail. Could live so easy and maybe have a girl. ” This exemplifies the type of animosity George occasionally displayed towards Leonie and this comes under the aforesaid resentment that George has. George talks as though he hates Leonie but as the reader, I can infer that that’s just the way George reacts to Lien’s slowness as we all know that it’s an assured fact that George does venerate Leonie.
A primary depiction of Leonie and George is of them walking “in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other. Later on, the reader finds out that the one following is Leonie and he’s intentionally following the George – like a child. This leads the reader to believe that they have a parent child relationship; George being the parent and Leonie the child. Thus throughout the novel, George is continued to be portrayed with being the leader, or obtaining the parent role towards Leonie, telling him “Don’t drink so much,” “Game that mouse! “, just as it would be with a parent and child.
When George talks to Leonie about their shared dream, a completely different manner envelopes George. George tells their dream as if he’s telling his child a bedtime story and Leonie responds like a child too. Whilst George’s talking, Leonie keeps interrupting saying: “An live off the fate This just shows Lien’s enthusiasm and how fascinated he is by the conversation so much to the point where he couldn’t let George finish. Adjust goes to show that despite the period of time this novel was based in, there still was a leeway were zealous, amusing conversations could occur be;en people like George and Leonie.
This also shows that they both share one main quality and this is optimism. Their dream sets them apart from the others because it means they have a future and something to anticipate – unlike the rest. Conclusively, the reader learns a valuable amount about George and Leonie and it’s apparent that their opposing characters are what makes their friendship distinctive and unique. The way they interact just shows that their friendship is brutally and harmoniously real, depending on the circumstance. But overall, it’s clear that this novel doesn’t fail to educate the reader on its characters; at all.