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In Of Mice and Men, what do Lennie and George look like?

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Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM via web

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In Of Mice and Men, what do Lennie and George look like?

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amarang9 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM (Answer #1)

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George and Lennie are described in the opening paragraphs of the first chapter. Both men are dressed in denim pants and coats. They both are wearing black hats and carrying blanket roles (like a rolled up sleeping bag). They are similar in dress but opposite in physical appearance. George's physical description matches his mental persona. He is small, quick, and defined. 

The first man was small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. Every part of him was defined: small, strong hands, slender arms, a thin and bony nose. 

George's "restless eyes" reflect two aspects of his personality. One aspect is that George is always looking out for Lennie. George must constantly be aware of what is going on. The other thing is that George is physically and mentally restless. Being a wandering rancher, he is always on the move. But he keeps trying to save money in order to get out of this lifestyle. 

Lennie's physical description matches his personality as well. He is large but undefined, like an animal: 

. . . a huge man, shapeless of face, with large, pale eyes, and wide, sloping shoulders; and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws. 

 

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