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In the novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck creates a memorable character in Lennie. A giant of a man with little intelligence, he dreams of owning his own piece of land in the world. He gets into trouble with his strength without meaning to hurt anyone. Steinbeck creates much of Lennie's character with his speech. His speech is simple, "I remember about the rabbits, George." He remembers the dream, "No, you tell it, George. It ain't the same if I tell it. Go on,George. How I get to tend the rabbits." His words reveal his innocence when he says after the fight about wanting ketchup, "I was only foolin' George. I don't want no ketchup. I wouldn't eat no ketchup if it was right here beside me." His speech also reveals his lack of intelligence as it is always George who takes care of Lennie. Lennie was based on a real person who ended up in a home for the insane. That reality keeps Steinbeck's picture of Lennie real--too real for some readers.
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