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Often overlooked is ones intellectual self In the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck however it isnt going unnoticed Portrayed perfectly as the victim of low intelligence Lennie is the target for many attacks Its as if an invisible barrier has been put up in which he cant be viewed as an equal This barrier is built by both Lennies low intelligence and gargantuan size Lennie is strong in the arm thick in the head these two opposing factors do not go well together It will cause much suffering to both him and others Lennies impetuous actions and mental deficiency causes him to lose his life which in return destroys the dreams of others and their desires Like many children Lennie loves to touch soft things but his love for soft things causes the first of many incidents Dumb bastard like he is he wants to touch everthing he likes 41 He loves everything that is soft to the touch but his misunderstanding of things causes great confusion He thinks its okay to touch what he likes but when a girl sees is a huge giant coming at her and grabbing on to her clothing she screams At this Lennie freezes up because he doesnt know what to do due to his mental disability He thinks the reasonable thing to do is to hold on This is a great misinterpretation of things as its exactly the opposite of what to do Lennies failure to remember what he is told results in the death of Curleys wife He cant remember that George told him to keep away from her cause shes a rattrap if I ever seen one 32 As soon as Lennie finds out how soft Curleys wifes hair is he instantly falls in love with it His love of soft things instantly overwhelms the rest of his thoughts His mental disability causes him to forget everything George taught him about not
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