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In what ways is George loyal to Lennie?I have to find 3 examples where George is loyal...

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lily1648 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM via web

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In what ways is George loyal to Lennie?

I have to find 3 examples where George is loyal to Lennie. I have one: whenever they come across trouble, George still stays will with him to go to the next place instead of abandoning him. I'm not even sure if there is another one besides that because that's like the main thing. This is the topic I'm choosing and I already found a whole bunch more info on the other things so there's no turning back! Please help and thanks!

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 15, 2010 at 3:21 PM (Answer #1)

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George is loyal to Lennie throughout.  He gets him workslips and continues to travel with him.  He lies to help him get a job and protects him once he's on the job.  He backs Lennie in the bunkhouse scuffle with Curley, encouraging him to defend himself and then helping to cover for Lennie when Curley is seriously injured.

He is even loyal to Lennie when he shoots him in the end, rather than let him die scared, cornered and alone he took him out in a quick and painless manner where he didn't see it coming.

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bval | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted June 22, 2010 at 1:41 AM (Answer #2)

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George is often loyal to Lennie. When they first arrive at the farm, George does all the talking for Lennie because he knows that Lennie cannot verbalize his points well. George tries to protect him because he is his friend. Friendship is a hard thing to come by for a group of ranch workers. Slim notices their friendship and in a way he wishes he could have the same type of friendship. At the end of the novel George takes Lennie's life because he sees no other way to help him. George would rather do it himself because he knows that Curley is going to kill Lennie. This is in direct contrast to Candy and his dog. Candy has another ranch worker kill his dog, but Candy later wishes that he had killed the dog himself. In the end George is sad to lose Lennie, but he knows that it is his responsibility to kill Lennie so it is done as painlessly as possible.

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