What are the negative aspects of this relationship between George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men? Consider the language of each, their threats, and complaints

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As friends, Lennie Small and George Milton are misfits, both physically and mentally; and, yet, each is dependent upon the other. However, this dependence creates a certain anxiety.


Physically larger and stronger than George, Lennie's strength does less to defend George than to cause him worry.  As they enter the clearing in Chapter I, Lennie appears bear-like, dragging his feet behind him. He hides a mouse that he has been petting, but after George discovers it, he tosses the rodent away; nevertheless, Lennie tries to find another. Always Lennie is too strong, crushing anything he captures.  As they sit around the fire, George recalls the girl from Weed and expresses a wish that he could travel alone because

"I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn't have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl."

As he prepares the meal for them, Lennie asks for ketchup that George does not have. When George becomes angry, Lennie says that he will go away and...

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