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In the novel 'of mice and men' Steinbeck presents George as a leader and father figure of lennie. George is described as 'small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features' 'small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin bony nose' he is presented as the opposite of his friend lennie as it says, "Behind him walked the complete opposite"

One of the main parts of George's character is his relationship with lennie. This relationship is presented as a leader follower relationship one can deduct this from the book where it says, "One stayed behind the other" this says that lennie is just following George wherever he goes and he is more of a follower and George is more of a leader.

George is presented as a controller of lennie we can say this because when George and lennie both go to the ranch for the first time and lennie is spoken to and asked of his name George answers for him by saying, "his name is Lennie Small" this says that George doesn't want lennie to talk and he has control over lennies actions. At the same time lennie does not mind because he is extremely dependent on George this is shown by, when lennie is spoken to directly "in a panic, lennie looks at George for help" this says that although George has control over lennie, lennie himself wants George to have control over him and help him out of things by being very dependent on him.

In conclusion I think that the character George in the novel 'of mice and men' is presented as a father figure, leader, protector and ambassador of his friend Lennie. He is also presented as (go through all the points),

George is also shown to have developed from a cautious, scared and wary man into a more independent social and laid back man by the end of the book, this is mainly shown by how George starts to leave lennie behind and get on with his own life with his own new friends which he made at the ranch.

George has made new friends at the ranch and now wants to be away from lennie and live his own free life.



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