The Role Of Conflict In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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The story opens up with a description of a rural area south of Soledad. Two men are seen walking along the path, the first man is skinny with defined physical features and the second man is the opposite of him. Their names are George and Lennie, they stop by the river to drink and rest on their way to a job interview. George seems to be the brains and a big brother figure to Lennie, who can’t think nor act for himself. Lennie appears mentally changed and although George mistreats Lennie, he can’t seem to abandon him. Soon after the two encounter friends and foes at the ranch, which shows each character personality. The main conflict in the novel is Man vs Man; it is an external conflict. There are various characters facing this conflict at different times, for example Lennie and Curley, Lennie and Curley's wife, and most the most prominent of all George and Lennie's conflict with society. The first two of these external conflicts are physical and sometimes violent. The last is a case of true isolation and the impossibility of fitting in.…show more content…
He is a short tempered man, who isn’t afraid to stand up for himself or his friend. George makes his internal conflict clear when he states “God a'mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could go and get a job an' work, an' no trouble; you can't keep a job and you lose me ever' job I get. Jus' keep me shovin' all over the country all the time.” Although George tells Lennie he would be much better without him, he still cares about him. George can’t move on nor leave him behind no matter what he

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