In Of Mice and Men, what quote shows Lennie's child-likeness?

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dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are quote a few quotes that show Lennie's childish nature. Here are a few

This first one comes from Chapter 1 and is said by George.  It seems as though George is the father and Lennie is his child.  "Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an' work, an no trouble." (p. 11)

 A second quote stated by George to Lennie quite a few times is, "Say it over to yourself, Lennie, so you won't forget it."  (p.29).  Here, we can see that George again treats Lennie like a child because he can not remember anything and must be constantly reminded of what he has to do.

Finally, toward the end of the novel, Lennie states, "You ain't gonna leave me, are ya George?" (p. 98)  He is fearing, as a little child would, that he will be left all along, and both he and George know that Lennie can not be on his own.