Of Mice and Men

What is Lennie's exact mental disability?

plz help.. this question is worth 70% of my semester grade.. plz???????????????????????

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He is cognitively disabled. It is taboo to say retarted.

I think you are incapable of answering my question...

That,s mean

Sam is right. Lennie is mentally challenged. This is his weakness. There's a lot of weakness in the novel.

he was kicked in the head by a horse, it mentions it a few times in the book, which sounds to me none of you have read seeing you cant even answer that simple question!!!

The "kicked in the head by a horse" yarn is spun by George to get the boss to hire them. He has just heard Candy explain Crooks's injury, so he makes up a variation on that story as a believable explanation for his friendship with Lennie. No manly man hangs around with another man, right? But if a man looks after an unfortunate accident victim, well then, that's different. With this yarn, George ends the boss's inquiry as to whether he is taking Lennie's pay.

Lennie is mentally challenged. He was probably born that way.

Liam, you are spinning some yarns of your own with that "70% of my semester grade" nonsense.

I would say it's everyone but Lennie who are disabled. He is the only one who is truly capable of believing in 'the dream' therefore I feel sorry for the other 'ranch hands' more. The one's who see the futility and patheticness of their existence. People like Crooks escpecially.

Great point Tom. Love this board but how do bone-heads like liu y find forums like this? YAAAWWWN. No one's interested in your broken English and silly blank links. Say something relevant or go back to the children's chat rooms.

He's retarded isn't that obvious guys?

Personally, i think that lennies problems arent as bad as it seems, but that the lack of education in those times has effected him more

If George hadn't killed Lennie in the end, they would have had to live their life on the run and george didnt want that. Lennie wanted to help george as much as possible but if anything he was making georges life worse.

it wasnt the education at the time because then they alll would be as stupid as lennie

i think that lennies disability is made up for with his strength !! :D

i think that lennies disability is made up for with his strength !! :D

that is just a lie, i disagree. STRONGLY! I beleive the only reason George wanted Lennie around is because George needed too blame everything on someone else and Lennie is that retarded he doesn't know what's going on.

No, the fact that he can't talk properly and he's obsessed with rabbits cannot not be made up for! But he is super strong. cool

Lennie wasnt stupid. he clearly had problems as a child and was lacking an education. and yes maybe other people didnt get an education either, but he shows signs of being slow or having a learning difficulty, not some sort of retard issue

yeah but if george always went on about how lennie was a nusinance and his life would be better off without him so if he only looked after and protected lennie to be able to have someone to blame stuff on, wouldn't he be better off on his own or just finding someone more gullible isn't a bit too much trouble just too be able to pass the blame. he OBVIOUSLY cared for lennie otherwise he wouldn't keep him around.

i agree with you elvis but it is quite clear that he is extremely retarded! the fact that he says 'George' like 'Dorge' just shows really. I'd like too know how he became retarded though because i know that they used the horse story too get a job!

well as an excuse to get a job, george ("dorge") said lennie was kicked in the head but this could be the case, although he seems autistic

he is NOT clearly retarded. what proof do you have of that? as far as im concerned, Lennie had a tough upbringing as we are told he wasnt raised by his parents, so i personally feel that you are unable to prove someone is retarded

he is NOT clearly retarded. what proof do you have of that? as far as im concerned, Lennie had a tough upbringing as we are told he wasnt raised by his parents, so i personally feel that you are unable to prove someone is retarded

Paul, He could have a problem with his speech although i don't recall him saying 'dorge'. Having a speech problem could just be like a lisp it does not mean he is retarded

i disagree, he can rememeber the dream about the rabbits, his brain choses not to rememeber anything he doesnt like. autism!