The two main characters in Of Mice and Men are George and Lennie, but George pulls the strings. He is the dominant one in the relationship.
George is a ranch hand and dresses coarsely.
Physical traits describe what a character looks like. Here is some direct characterization of George’s physical traits.
George is directly described in the beginning of chapter 1 as “small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features” and like Lennie, “dressed in denim trousers and in denim coats with brass buttons” (ch 1).
Notice that words like “sharp” and “strong” impress upon the reader that although George is the smaller of the two, he is in charge.
George looks out for Lennie.
Personality traits describe what a character acts like. There is some indirect characterization in George’s interaction with Lennie when Lennie stops to drink.
The small man stepped nervously beside him.
“Lennie!” he said sharply. “Lennie, for God’ sakes don’t drink so much.”...
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