What is a quotation that shows Lennie's strength and childlikeness?I only need a short quote to put on a picture. My picture is hand drawn and it is in the setting of the barn, in my picture I...

What is a quotation that shows Lennie's strength and childlikeness?

I only need a short quote to put on a picture. My picture is hand drawn and it is in the setting of the barn, in my picture I have a hay stack with a dead puppy and a mirror reflecting the hay stack with a dead woman to represent Curley's wife. I am looking for a good quotation that is short and simple.

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noahvox2 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Lennie has a number of wonderful comments throughout the course of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Although it may not be quite what you are looking for, I like what Lennie says early on in the work when he makes little splashes in the pool: "Look, George. Look what I done."

Lennie's strength and simplicity also seems to appear when George discovers him playing with the dead mouse: "I didn’t kill it. Honest! I found it. I found it dead."

Another possibility would be Lennie's comment after his encounter with Curley, who attacks Lennie violently. After not defending himself for some time, Lennie finally does act when George tells him to. After crushing Curley's hand, Lenny cries "I didn't wanta...I didn't wanta hurt him."

Likewise, after Lennie kills the puppy, he thinks George will get mad at him and he thinks, "Now I won't get to tend the rabbits."

After Lennie kills Curley's wife, we also hear his concern about not being allowed to tend the rabbits, but we also hear him utter another famous line: "I done a bad thing. I done another bad thing."

Hopefully, some of these quotations will help you with your project.

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andrewnightingale | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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"Look, George. Look what I done." This quote clearly expresses Lennie's childlikeness, but it doesn't suggest much about his strength. It is a response that a child would make when he or she has done something to be proud of. Lennie, however, has done something wrong in this instance and would obviously not want George to know about it, as has been illustrated in various incidents in the novel: when he tried hiding the dead mouse from George at the beginning, when he tried to bring a puppy into the bunkhouse and hid it, when he killed the puppy, and when he killed Curley's wife. 

Lennie realizes that he is now in terrible trouble with George and it seems as if he cannot fathom the real depth of his actions. He only thinks about the fact that he will not be able to tend rabbits, and when he says:

"George gonna say I done a bad thing. He ain't gonna let me tend no rabbits."

This quote, combined with the images you have created, clearly suggests that Lennie has used his strength to have "done a bad thing"--the visuals are an obvious indication of how powerful he is to have killed both Curley's wife and the puppy. The second part of the quote alludes to a child's reaction when he or she realizes that certain privileges will be denied for having done something wrong. In this regard, Lennie's childlikeness is most aptly illustrated. 

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