Explain the relationship between George and Lennie in Chapter 1. Prove with quotes.
The e-notes guide gives lots of guidance on this issue, with illustrative quotes.
It is useful to note that George is very much the leader of the two, despite Lennie’s size and height advantage. We learn that George has travelled with Lennie for a long time and acts as a guardian for Lennie. Lennie is mentally impaired which was ascertain from his childish actions such as copying George’s movements :
“ Lennie pulled his hat down a little more over his eyes, the way George’s hat was.”
George and Lennie are unique as they travel together, existing at this stage with the appearance of mutual support
because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”
Although we realise increasingly that Lennie is a burden to George. They have to keep travelling as Lennie keeps getting into trouble. When Lennie becomes sulky about the lack of ketchup with their beans, George’s frustration comes to the surface
"Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want. God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy."
The men share a common dream which is to “to live off the fatta the lan’”.It is only as the novel progresses that we see this is not a realistic dream for the two of them.