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Why does Lennie like mice, pups, and rabbits in the novel Of Mice and Men?

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stella01 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 14, 2010 at 9:24 AM via web

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Why does Lennie like mice, pups, and rabbits in the novel Of Mice and Men?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 14, 2010 at 9:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Literally, the reason that Lennie likes these kinds of small animals is that he likes to pet them.  In Chapter 1, that is what he talks about wanting to do.  We also see this because his Aunt Clara gave him a rubber mouse he did not like it because it was no good to pet.

I think that figuratively, this is meant to show how childish Lennie is and how much he depends on George.  He is so obsessed with little things that he can pet that he seems like a child.

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hakbar | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 17, 2010 at 4:47 PM (Answer #2)

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Lennie likes to pet soft things the animals fur is soft and he enjoys petting them. He is rough and sometimes gets carried away with the feeling of the soft animal fur therefore harming the animals and sometimes killing them. This is accidental he dose not want to harm anything and feels the guilt and pain when he realizes he has hurt a living thing.

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