In the book Of Mice and Men, what do George and Lennie have in common?  

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litlady33 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

George and Lennie have many differences. One is small, one is large. One is quick-witted, one is slow. Despite these differences, these two have one very important thing in common: their dream. Throughout the novel, George and Lennie talk about their dream to live on a ranch, raise rabbits, and "live off the fatta the land." At times, it seems that George doesn't believe this dream is true; he only talks about it to Lennie to keep Lennie hopeful. However, when he meets Candy, who wants to take part in the dream, he starts to feel some hope that the dream can become a reality.

Another common bond these two have is their dependence on one-another. Lennie needs George to survive. He tends to get himself into trouble, and without George around, he would stay in trouble or get himself killed. Lennie cannot fend for himself. George, on the other hand, could fend for himself, but he needs Lennie in other ways. George needs Lennie to keep him hopeful. For the most part, he does not believe the dream of owning a ranch can become reality, but he feeds off of Lennie's hope that it will. He also needs him to fend off the loneliness that every man felt during that time when wandering from place to place in search of a job was commonplace. These two men needed each other because the alternative was being alone.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, the two main characters, Lennie and George, share many common characteristics.

Both men share the American Dream. While George knows that the dream is far-fetched, Lennie clings to it with everything he has. Both men are dependant upon each other. George needs Lennie to feel as if he has a true propose in life, while Lennie's dependency is based upon his literal survival. Based upon the fact that Lennie is mentally handicapped (to what extent readers can only speculate), Lennie is more dependant upon George.

Based upon one of the main themes within the text, one of loneliness, each of the men also share feelings of loneliness. Lennie's need for small and furry things shows his inability to ever be alone. (Even after being forbidden to sleep with the puppies, Lennie is found in the barn with them.) George, on the other hand, cannot seem to be able to face the world alone. This is supported by the fact that, after Lennie's death, George is "seen" walking off with Slim.

In the end, both men share a dream, a need to be needed, and feelings of loneliness.

alexandra502 | Student

.....They also travel between ranches together looking for work and they share a dream about having their own house and land. 
Don't have any place to go to, have to find work at ranches.

hari12 | Student

Of Mice and Men is written by John Steinbeck.

The common characters of George and Lennie are as follows:

- They both can be defined by few distinct characteristics

- Both are short tempered but are loving and devoted friends.

- Both learnt lessons that it is wrong to take advantage of the weak people.

- Both think that each other is very important to them.

- Both are very much devoted to friendship.

- In the story, both people are troubled by Crooks and Curley.