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George in Lennie’s minder, instructor or even some would say a father figure. He’s always telling him what to do and how to behave much like a father would with his child, which would suggest George cares about Lennie “I ain’t gonna let em hurt Lennie”. However this is not always shown to be true as George doesn’t always treat Lennie very well in the novel, he often shouts at him and calls him a “crazy bastard.” But George does help Lennie stay out of trouble, and sorts things out if they have any problems “like [they did] in weed” as George says “you do bad things and I got to get you out.” Killing Lennie shows how loyal George is him as he knows it’ll be kinder to kill Lennie while he’s imagining their dream farm than to let Curley shoot him painfully in “his guts.”
George is reasonably smart, he’s clever as far as finding work is concerned. He often says he’d be better off alone and sometimes it seems like he’d rather do this than own a farm with Lennie “if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble.” But George isn’t just with Lennie because he feels responsible for him. Lennie gives him companionship and lets him believe that the dream of owning a farm could come true.
George is a realistic character when he lies under the stars in chapter one, he seems happy “tonight I’m gonna lay right here and look up. I like it.” He obviously enjoys the things most people would enjoy like being free from work and demanding bosses. Steinbeck also persuades the reader to feel sympathy for George. For example, he calls Lennie a “poor bastard” even when he’s just about to tell him off, Steinbeck is making it clear to the reader that George tells Lennie off for his own good.
George is pretty aggressive as when candy tries to get involved in their dream, George is immediately defence “you got nothing to do with us.” His dislike of…...

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