Of Mice and Men

what purpose does lennie serve for the author?

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Lennie is a foil of sorts for George. Lennie brings out Georg's pathos, love, loyalty and frustrations. In his simple way, the character of Lennie allows Steinbeck to explore themes and characteristics of many other characters in the book.

Lennie is used to bring out society's weaknesses, especially regarding ignorance, understanding, and cruelty