Describe at least ONE character or individual you could relate to in the written text(s). Explain why being able to relate to the character or individual was important to the text(s) as a whole.
In life, we all have to look after our friends around us but there always comes a time that we need to start making decisions for ourselves. In the novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George was a very relatable character as always stuck up for his friend Lennie, he has dreams and goals for his life and that he always says things how they are.
When first approaching the ranch, the two men were questioned and George stuck up for Lennie by lying about his disability. George told them that “Him and me was both born in Auburn. I knowed his Aunt Clara. She took him when he was a baby and raised him up. When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin’. Got kinda used to each other after a little while.” Steinbeck wanted to show the audience that George cared about Lennie and didn’t want anyone to judge him for being disabled and was willing to stick up for him. When Lennie accidentally kills Curley’s wife, George knows that the consequences for Lennie won’t be good and while everyone is wanting to shoot him, George tries to stop them by suggesting “couldn’ we maybe bring him in an’ they’ll lock him up? He’s nuts, Slim. He never find this to be mean.” This shows how much George cared and that he was willing to do anything for his friend even after knowing the bad things that he had done.
One of the first things that we learn about George is how he has goals and dreams that he looks to achieve one day. In the first chapter, George talks about the life that he dreams of living stating that “we got a future. We got somebody that to talk to this gives a damn about us.” From this the reader learns that George dreams about living somewhere where he can be happy and have people that accept him without having to feel like he has to spend his life worrying about Lennie. Towards the end of the novel, George shares his dreams one last time with Lennie, reminding him about the rabbits and tells Lennie to “look down there acrost the river, like you can almost see the place.” Steinbeck wanted to emphasise that George had been envisioning what the place they were going to live at would look like and that although he didn’t show it as much, he also dreamed about living in solitude on a rabbit farm. We also learnt how much George cared about Lennie and how much he wanted to share his dreams together.
Like many people, George has a very blunt personality and is not afraid to tell people things how they truly are. When talking about himself and about Lennie, George mentions “guys like us got no fambly. They make a little stake an’ then they blow it. They ain’t got nobody in the worl’ that gives a hoot in hell about ’em.” This tells the reader how George feels about not having anyone close around him and that he isn’t afraid of the truth about his life. Steinbeck also wanted to show that sometimes being blunt can have a negative effect on your life as you don’t always see the good in everything. Although George cares about Lennie, he is always reminding him how much easier life would be without him. “When I think of the swell time I could have without you, I go nuts. I never get no peace.” This shows that George is relatable as like many others, he is willing to tell his friends exactly what he is thinking and will always let you know how he is feeling.
In the novella Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, we learn that George is an important and relatable character to the readers. George is relatable by the way that he cares for his friends and is willing to do anything to protect them, he shares dreams and goals about where he wants to go in his life and how he has a blunt personality. Steinbeck wrote George as a relatable character so that the readers can learn and understand his goals and values more than if he was not a relatable character.