In what ways does George show how he protects Lennie?

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

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We could work backwards on this one.  The ending of George killing Lennie shows the ultimate in care.  The very idea that George does not want Lennie to be killed by the mob led by Curley and Carlson shows a care.  He recognizes that Lennie is not going to escape.  His comforting tone and demeanor towards Lennie in the last scene is reflective of his care.  The last words that Lennie hears is the dream that he and George are to share.  This is something that reflects care.  Throughout the novel, George recognizes that he and Lennie need to be inseparable.  In a world where there is so much fragmentation and isolation, George recognizes that he and Lennie need to be together.  When speaking to Slim, George acknowledges that he made a promise to Lennie's Aunt Clara and this demands that he look out and take care of Lennie.  At the same time, it is evident that George looks out for Lennie when he warns him of what to do and what not to do.  George really does not gain much from his taking care and protection of Lennie, and it is in this mold in terms of how both of them "stick together" that reflects how much George actually does take care of Lennie.

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