How is the central character Lennie presented in Of Mice and Men? Please could you refer to the way the language devices are, and  the techniques which are used to present the character Lennie.

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Lennie, one of the central characters in John Steinbeck’s novel, “Of Mice and Men,” is presented as a powerful yet peaceful man. He suffers from a mental deficiency and he does not possess clear thinking ability. Despite his lack of ordinary intelligence, Lennie has an enormous capacity for love and for loyalty. He is drawn to small animals, such as mice and rabbits and he is unquestionably loyal to George, his best friend and companion. Lennie also has the capacity to dream for a better life. Like George, he wants to someday own a small farm, to work independently and to care for the land and the animals that inhabit it. In this manner, Lennie is like most men. However, his limited mental abilities sometimes make him a menace to society. When he is provoked, he displays an uncontrollable rage and an intensely violent behavior, which leads him to kill many of the mice, a puppy and Curley’s wife.

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