I must write 5-6 paragraphs of a talk between George and Lennie giving details about their lives before the time at which Of Mice and Men opens.They may talk about their past life, memories of Aunt...

I must write 5-6 paragraphs of a talk between George and Lennie giving details about their lives before the time at which Of Mice and Men opens.

They may talk about their past life, memories of Aunt Clara and a fictionalized account of how they became friends, etc.  Can you help me with some ideas?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the first things to do in your fictionalized conversation between George and Lennie giving the background of the relationship between them is to set up George's life before coming to Aunt Clara's and having contact with Lennie. The second thing you'd want to establish is George's description of Lennie's early life with information gotten through stories he'd heard from Aunt Clara and others. Chapter 3 of Of Mice and Men gives a good insight into this time in Lennie's life through the conversation George and Slim have. Next you'd want to have them talk about some of those times that George used to pick on Lennie and tease him.

You'll also want George to describe what exactly happened--one incident or many--that made him realize that Lennie's loyalty to him would transcend even being unkindly picked on and teased; this was the epiphany (i.e., revelation; awakening) that changed George's attitude toward Lennie. Finally, you'd want them to talk about how George first felt and how Lennie first behaved when George became his guardian at Aunt Clara's death. To give your essay depth, you might try to tie it into the theme of alienation and loneliness or to the theme of idealism versus reality.

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