Explore how George and Lennie’s ways of speaking reveal aspects of their characters and relationships in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

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In John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, George Milton and Lennie Small are best friends who travel around California doing various odd jobs. George is intellectually superior to Lennie, who clearly suffers from mental challenges. The way that they speak to one another strikes me as being the way a parent would speak to a child. George tells Lennie what to do, usually to keep Lennie from getting into trouble. George speaks in a manner comparable to the way a parent would speak to a child. Consider the following exchange from Chapter One as George quizzes Lennie on how Lennie is...

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