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Of Mice and Men the novel by John Steinbaeck is about two mens struggle to achieve their dream George Milton and Lennie Small are casual workers who move around different ranches doing jobs when they are required They move to a ranch near the town of Soledad with the hope of making enough money to buy a ranch of their own The novel ends tragically when Lennie accidentally kills Curleys wife and George is forced to shoot him Lennie is one of the most interesting characters in the book because he differs from the others in a number of ways He has a very simple mind and often acts like a child He is also very strong but he is not in control of his strength I admire Lennie because he is unprejudiced and treats everyone the same We dont know a lot about Lennies background Judging by what we are told of his past he didnt have a normal happy upbringing We dont know what happened to Lennies family and parents and why he didnt live with them just that he was looked after by his Aunt Clara Lennie was picked on by George and his friends because of his lack of intelligence but to Lennie this must have seemed normal We learn from George about out an incident that happened when they were younger George and his friends had told Lennie to jump in the the river as a joke knowing that he would do what they said Lennie couldnt swim and almost drowned George had to jump in and rescue him Afterwards Lennie was very thankful to George for rescuing him but he couldnt remember that George had told him to jump in in the first place Lennie is very trusting and will do anything that George tells him to do He is the only person Lennie has in the world When his Aunt Clara died Lennie started to go
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