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I need help with writing an essay for OF MICE AND MEN.
I need to explore the way Steinbeck presents strong feelings in the relationship between George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men.
Any ideas how to get a high grade?
How many marks is it for? Generally speaking you need a simple introduction explaining the theme, then a paragraph or two with an example a time you feel strong feelings are presented explained with a large amount of language analysis followed by your conclusion/judgement but in this case a judgement won't be necessary. The key to Lit is to write a large amount about a small quote you've found. Good luck!
Personally I would be explaining how George needs Lennie and Lennie needs George so the Idea of companionship. George acts as a sort of parent to Lennie, Lennie almost shadows George and requires constant reassurance from him throughout. George cares for Lennie despite him mucking up in Weed and stops Lennie from drinking too much from the Lake because he cares for Lennie's health. I think Loneliness could also work for this though because why else would George keep Lennie around if not for his companionship? Steinback presents 1920s America as a lonely place, Curley's wife is left without a name and is quick to make friends with Lennie because she has nobody you could mention her but I wouldn't go any further than I have there since the question specifically asks for George and Lennie's relationship
At the end, when Carlson is confused as to why George is so upset after he killed Lennie. Lennie was a companion to George, travelling around with him and keeping him company. Without Lennie, George would have turned into the stereotypical ranch worker, personified by Carlson, violent, noncaring etc.