Of Mice and Men

George and Lennie

Describe lennies physical and mental characteristics. Of the two men, why is George "in charge" of lennie?

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Lennie is a very big man with the mind of a child. He is incredibly strong and can do the work of two men on the ranch. He is emotionally and helpless and dependent on George for all of his needs. Thus, he has a blind devotion to George and is as loyal as his mental capacity allows him to be.