Transactional Essay on "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

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Lennie and George, migratory workers in the California fields,

cherish the dream of having a little farm of their own where as

Lennie's refrain has it, they can 'Live of the fatta o' the land.'

George yearns for his own place where he could bring in his own

crops instead of working for another. A place where he could get

what comes up from the ground for himself. He wants the full

reward of his own labor. He seeks independence, and to leave his

dependent life completely. These two men seek a status in society,

they feel as though they need to belong, and their dream of having a

farm gives them that feeling that someday their satisfaction will

come. Unfortunately our dreams don't always coincide with reality.

George and Lennie are two incongruent characters, where one is

small, alert, and clever; the other huge, and powerful, however,

bears the mind of a child.

They compliment eachother in many

ways, but deep within they have an inseparable relationship.

'Sometimes you just get used to a guy.' The two have grown

together, and they live a part of eachother. George, being the leader

of the two, has the responsibility of caring for Lennie, who is much

like a child in his ways, however, far more dangerous than his inner

character reflects. George has to keep a watchful eye over Lennie,

for without constant supervision, Lennie would inadvertently kill

anything he touches.

George has towards Lennie the tenderness and protective instinct

which most have towards the helpless, the disadvantaged, and the

dependent. George has encountered and embraced a responsibility,

a social responsibility, and a humanitarian responsibility. It is to

take care of, protect, save from hurt, the dim-witted, loyal, and

devoted Lennie.

George constantly repeats how Lennie is a...