Of mice and men
This essay is about a character from the book “Of Mice and Men.” His name is Lennie. Lennie was a very big person who didn’t know his own strength and who was mentally challenged. This essay will cover these three traits and help you understand more about these traits and Lennie’s basic character.
Lennie was a very physically big person. Although he was very big, he was what I call a “gentle giant” because he didn’t realize how much bigger he was than everyone else or didn’t know how much he intimidated them. During the novel a guy named Curley got in a fight with Lennie because Curley didn’t like big guys and because he was a small man. Although Lennie’s size caused him some problems, he mostly benefited from it because it prevented most people from getting close enough to realize that he was mentally challenged.
Apart from being a big person Lennie was also very strong. Lennie didn’t know his own strength and often could not control his actions. One instance was when Lennie had a new puppy. The pup acted like it was going to bite him and Lennie reacted by smacking and accidentally killing it. Another instance was during the fight with Curley when Lennie crushed Curley’s hand with his own. Lennie had amazing strength but wasn’t aware of it so he couldn’t control it.
Apart from being big and strong, Lennie was also slow or mentally challenged. His care taker wouldn’t allow him to talk sometimes for fear of messing things up. He had a hard time understanding people. He couldn’t understand why his puppy died so easily, and he forgot things very easily. This was a big part of Lennie’s personality.
As you can see, Lennie was a large, strong, and simple minded person who sometimes could not control himself and didn’t know his own strength. Lennie is only one of the great characters in “Of Mice and Men,” but to me, he is the most interesting because of his enormous size and strength but his limited mental...