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“You do bad things and I got to get you out.”
“An’ you ain’t gonna do no bad things like you done in Weed, neither”
Right at the start of the play we find out about the relationship between George and Lennie. This quote shows that George is the smarter one and it acts as a hook as we don’t know what Lennie did in Weed.
George’s voice became deeper. He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many time before.
“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world.”
“because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”
His voice becomes deep showing that he really means what he is saying. His words become rhythmic showing that it is a mantra to him.
This summarises the whole play. Here George relates that loneliness is responsible for much of that suffering, a theory supported by many of the secondary characters.
Also this quote really emphasizes on their symbiotic relationship. The two men are forced together by common necessity rather than genuine emotional attachment. It is evident from the start that Lennie could not possibly function in the harsh world that they inhabit without George, who holds his companion’s work card and always does the talking for him.
“We travel together,” said George coldly
He says is coldly which tells us that he is willing to stand up for Lennie. He is defiant to people who question their friendship. Perhaps also resenting the fact that people trying to hold him back or begrudge him a friendship just because they don’t have one.
“You gonna have trouble with that Curley guy”
Tells us about his wisdom and his ability to judge people. This also foreshadows the future. Friendly advice to try to help Lennie.
“I have never seen no piece of jail bait worse than her. You leave her be.”
Paternal advice. George not only recognises the danger, but also the extent of the danger that is to come in the near future.
“If I was even a little bit smarter, I’d have ay own little place, an’ I’d be bringin’ in my own crops, ‘stead of doin’ all the work and not getting what come up outta the ground.” George fell silent.
Summary of his life. Wasting his life and not fulfilling his potential. Maybe not as smart as other people think he is. This could tell us why he stays with Lennie who is obviously less cleverer than him so maybe he only hangs out with Lennie in order to feel more cleverer than he actually is. He has settled in a routine just like everyone else around him rather than trying to make something for himself. It shows maybe that in looking after Lennie this situation has come but it could also mean that he is using Lennie as an excuse to stay in a position where he doesn’t have to try.
(Just after they have discussed their dream) “George sat entranced with his own pictures”
showing how powerful the lure of the dream is and how it keep people preoccupied and the effect here is physical. it is such a powerful and such a wonderful thing to them.
“Get `I’m, Lennie”
Command to Lennie. it is like a command to an animal and the shortness of the sentence also emphasizes this.
(when he comes back from town)
“Jesus, seems like I can’t go away for a minute”
Shows his responsibility. Foreboding as we understand whenever he is not there bag things could happen just like when Lennie and Curley’s wife are alone in the barn.
After Lennie kills Curley’s wife George said, “I’ll work my month an’ I’ll take my fifty bucks an’ I’ll stay all night in some lousy cat house… An’ then I’ll come back an’ work another month an’ I’ll have fifty bucks more”
This shows that George is completely defeated and he realizes that the dream is not possible now. he has completely given up. H wants to numb the pain in his life and he going to do that by drinking alcohol.
“You… an’ me. Ever’body gonna be nice to you. Ain’t gonna be no more trouble.”
Very sad as he tells this to Lennie just before killing. Final act of care for Lennie. He doesn’t want Lennie to fee pain.
“The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied”
This shows that George can get the job done if the situation needs be. This tells us that he can achieve things.