What is the character of George in John Steinbecks "Of Mice an Men"

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In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, George is one of the main characters.  He is a migrant worker who moves from place to place looking for work.  George travels with his friend Lennie who, though mentally challenged, is a hard worker and loyal to George as George is to him.  George is unusual as he is a migrant worker with a dream of owning his own land.  George is described as small but fierce while Lennie is a large man who doesn't know his own strength.  George has taken care of Lennie for a long time, and at the end of the novel when Curley is looking for Lennie to kill him in some cruel way, it is George who saves his friend from a painful death by shooting Lennie in the back of the head while George talks to him about their dream of owning their own land.


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