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In chapter 6 of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Lennie has two visions. Lennie imagines a rabbit who tells him that George will leave him. “Well he (George) is sick of you,” said the rabbit, “He’s gonna beat the hello outta you an’ then go away an’ leave you….He gonna leave you, ya crazy bastard. He gonna leave ya all alone. He gonna leave ya, crazy bastard” (100). This echoes what Crooks says in chapter 4. Crooks tortures Lennie with the idea that George is better off without him. When George goes into town with the rest of the workers, Crooks tells Lennie, “S’pose George don’t come back no more. S’pose he took a powder and just ain’t coming back” (69). Lennie depends on George. Both the rabbit and Crooks touch on one of Lennie’s greatest needs, George.
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