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George remarks that he continually has to get Lennie out of trouble. What things does...

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nicthejew22 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 12, 2007 at 9:46 PM via web

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George remarks that he continually has to get Lennie out of trouble. What things does he say to Lennie that lead one to believe he expects trouble? Does it seem likely or unlikely that this new job will turn out differently for the two of them? Explain.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 12, 2007 at 10:41 PM (Answer #1)

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George remarks that he continually has to get Lennie out of trouble. What things does he say to Lennie that lead one to believe he expects trouble? Does it seem likely or unlikely that this new job will turn out differently for the two of them?

Well, about half of what he says to Lennie (literally) indicates that he expects trouble. His first two comments are about Lennie drinking too much and getting sick; Lennie can't even drink water right (again, literally). However, it is his comments on Lennie's forgetfulness and the way he calls him a "crazy bastard" that really drive this home.

It seemed possible for a time that the job might be different in a positive way, due to the new friends, but the killings put an end to that.

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jleisge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 1, 2007 at 11:24 AM (Answer #2)

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When the two arrive at the ranch, they soon meet Curley's wife. George makes sure to tell Lennie that he is to stay away from her, that she is trouble. George recalls a previous instance that got the two men run out of town: Lennie thought a girl's dress was pretty, so he wanted to touch it. When he did, the girl cried foul and George and Lennie were forced to flee.

When Lennie meets Curley's wife, her beauty flirting attract him, causing George to warn Lennie to keep clear of her. This exchange foreshadows her murder.

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shauger | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 13, 2007 at 9:48 AM (Answer #3)

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Even before they arrive at the ranch, we know that George expects trouble. In addition to referring to all the times Lennie has gotten into trouble, George also insists that Lennie memorize the place they are spending the night with the instruction that if something happens, this is where Lennie should go.

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romesh | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2007 at 8:07 PM (Answer #4)

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I think that the whole story talks about Lennie and George's relationship mostly refering to George having to look after Lennie when he shouts out "Lennie" most of the times and George has control over Lennie when he says "Give it to me" a few times with the so innocent pets Lennie owns. It is also shown that George is protective over Lennie where "George broke in" in front of the boss in order to make sure Lennie does not mess up anything in front of their new job. All these quotes so far from the book proves that George is in charge of both of them which shows that ironically Lennie is "large" and "slow" but his brain is refered to his name "Small". This allows us to notice that Lennie does not have a proper mental ability to think ahead of what will happen and this shows a great quality of Lennies character and why he gets in trouble. A great aspect of style the author has used is how Lennie is compared to a "bull" where George says that Lennie is "strong as a bull". This comparison shows firstly that Lennie is strong physically and bulls are aggressive as well as they like red. When Curley's wife wore "red" dress, this shows that Lennie likes "red" and there is a hint of trouble. Another aspect of style I think is really useful is how the author has used Lennie as a forgetful minded person where he forgets past quite easily as he repeats asking George of what has happened in the past. This style makes readers understand what has happened in the past and why George is so protective over Lennie as well as "red" dress has been mentioned in the past as well and why they were forced to flee. "Like you always do" is what George says to Lennie and this makes us think that Lennie is always the cause for problems where he was compared to a "bear" when Lennie often says "live in a cave" and this shows that "bear" lives in a "cave" and "bearhugs" are deadly but teddy bears are cute which exactly explains the character of who Lennie is. This also shows why George explains Lennie as a trouble maker.

I hope this helped all of you with your revision.
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