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How has Steinbeck developed George throughout the story?

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adrianbartolo | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM via web

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How has Steinbeck developed George throughout the story?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 2, 2012 at 11:52 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that Steinbeck developed George throughout the story by using him as an agent whose moral understanding awakens over the course of the narrative.  George is able to develop as the story develops through conversation and through his own perception of being in the world.  Steinbeck creates George as an agent of change as he becomes more aware of what is happening and what his responsibility towards it is.  I think that this is where Steinbeck's development carries with it thematic relevance, as well.  Steinbeck wants to suggest that individuals can become aware and take action, even in the most dire of circumstances.  It is here where I think that George develops.  From a point of view at the start of the narrative where George does not wish to even be near Lennie, he evolves into a person who recognizes that showing mercy towards someone who is being hunted and persecuted.  It is here where Steinbeck both develops George as a character and clearly suggests that if individuals recognize the need to take action in the name of solidarity, they can do so.

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