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List words and qualities that describe the character Lennie from "Of Mice and Men".

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Posted November 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM via web

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List words and qualities that describe the character Lennie from "Of Mice and Men".

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caledon | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 18, 2013 at 1:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Lennie might be described as;

  • simple: Lennie has a very plain outlook and mentality, although this is largely a euphemism for his lack of intellectual development.
  • physically large: This is Lennie's main asset in finding work.
  • childlike: Lennie doesn't really understand things from an adult perspective, particularly the idea of what can and cannot be done in an adult context (like grabbing women's dresses)
  • tactile: Lennie enjoys textures and the sense of touch; this is why he is enamoured of women's hair, as well as the rabbits he wants to tend.
  • unlucky: Lennie simply cannot take care of himself and seems to bring misfortune to anyone he crosses paths with.
  • loyal: Lennie maintains absolute faith and trust in George throughout the story, which is what makes George's execution that much more bitter.

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