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In the novel Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck shows the possibilities and effects of life on Lennie Crooks and George It shows a view of two outsiders struggling to understand their own unique places in the world Although Lennie does not have the potential to be smart he has the potential to be a hard worker Lennie is an extremely large man who was incredibly strong Although he was a great worker he did not understand how strong he was George explains Lennies strength by saying that big bastard can put up more grain alone than most pairs canp 34 Through his size and his enormous amount of strength Lennie could odo more work on the ranch by himself than all the other men could Without George Lennie does not understand what to do He will do whatever George tells him to Lennies first instinct when he is frightened is to hold on Just as a small child holds on to its mum or dad when they become frightened Lennie holds on to objects he cannot think of anything other than to hold on to the nearest object till it all goes away possibly as a means of security Because of Lennies inability to understand his strength he becomes frightened and tries to silence Curleys wife she had told him to stroke her hair because it was soft but then she starts to scream as she thinks that he is trying to assualt her and as a result she ends up being killed She took Lennies hand and put it on her headAnd then she cried angrilyLennies fingers closed on her hair and hung onHe shook her and her body flopped like a fishAnd then she was stillp 91 Lennie did not understand his strength and became frightened He ended up breaking Curleys wife neck Unlike Lennie Crooks potential is his knowledge and Crooks has the ability to use this
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