Of Mice and Men

WHY DO YOU SYMPATHIZE WITH LENNIE THE MOST?

LENNIES CHARACTERISTICS AND ALSO HIS BEHAVIOUR

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Lennie is essentially a child in the body of a large man. He has all the innocence, wonder and naïveté of a child yet is expected to be an adult by the people that encounter him. To make matters worse he forgets the boundaries imposed on him, mostly by George, and gets into trouble. In the end the things he does really aren't his fault. Like many people like Lennie, he has little impulse control. This can be seen in his repeated encounters with women. Lennie, however, is fiercely loyal to his friend George. He holds an unconditional love for him. In a perfect world Lennie would befriend everyone. Unfortunately this depression era time along with general ignorance about mental challenges made it tough for Lenny.

You sympathize with Lennie the most in the novel due to his child like state of mind and he is still a large and strong man. The reason people feel sympathy for this is because of the trouble he gets into for this characteristic of his and how it causes trouble for the other characters but is not Lennie's fault. For example when Lennie kills Curley's wife and runs away to the brush the reader feels sorry for him because they forget what he as done and the affect it will have on other characters because the consequences, in Lennie's case, are not needed.

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