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The different relationships that are scattered through Of Mice and Men contain many instances of some characters having power over others Examples of power throughout the novel include physical mental sexual economic and racial These are evident through the way in which the character relate to one another and the events that occur The power and absence of power portrayed in the novel also serve to steer the course of its events Most of the characters in Mice and Men exhibit some sort of power over others in the novel Lennie being the biggest man on the ranch had physical power over the other workers because of his incredible strength This created a problem for the mentally disabled giant as Curley the boss son felt threatened by his inequality causing him to lash out at the unsuspecting Lennie However Curley only received a counter-punch at Georges instruction of Get im Lennie pg 58 This reveals the level of mental power that George had over Lennie Georges brains made up for Lennies lack thereof and although he was the thinker of the pair Georges role resembled that of a parental figure You dont need to be scairt no more You done jus what I tol you to pg 60 Georges soothing reassurance in turn assures readers that he did not take advantage of Lennies mental inequality rather was mindful of his own power and used it to help Lennie as best he could George wasnt incredibly bright but he seemed damn smart alongside of Lennie pg 39 As one would imagine this might cause a persons ego to inflate however George did not regard Lennie as inferior Granted this inequality between the pair would often cause frustration on Georges part but he was quick to take back his words and Lennie seemingly aware that he was the cause of the minor conflicts -you want I should go away and leave you alone pg 16
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