In Of Mice and Men, the relationship between George and Lennie often comes across unequal as Lennie idolizes George. What are some examples of this?Include, quotes, certain points of the book, etc.

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From the first chapter, readers can clearly see that Lennie looks up to George. He sees him almost as a big brother and readers can tell by the way he acts and speaks to George that he idolizes him. In chapter one, when they first sit down by the stagnant pool, Steinbeck explains the way George sits, then explain that "Lennie, who had been watching, imitated George exactly" (4). He goes on to explain the exact way that Lennie mimics George's actions, down to the way he "pulled his hat down a little more over his eyes, the way George's hat was" (4). This kind of behavior is similar to the way a chld might act toward the the older sibling whom he or she adores. The relationship is unequal because George does not see Lennie the same way. George takes care of Lennie and knows that Lennie needs him. At times, he sees Lennie of more of a burden than a friend, though it always comes back to the fact that George loves Lennie as a brother.