Stupid and Innocent

Of Mice and Men tells a story of Lennie and his best friend George who are on their way to work at a farm after many troubles that Lennie has caused at their previous working places. With their earnings from the job they would buy a very own farm where they dream to keep many kinds of animals.

At the farm Lennie and George live in a bunkhouse with other workers. While farm owner’s son is stirring up troubles Lennie tries to avoid them but finally things don’t end up well. After causing so many troubles Lennie gets killed.
Lennie Small is not a small guy at all. He is very quiet, tall and strong man but unfortunately not so intelligent. So he causes a lot of troubles for himself but also for his best friend George Milton. George helps Lennie but not always willingly.

Lennie is not a mean person. He is just not able to fully control his powers or things he says. As said in the book Lennie loves soft things and would want to have a pet. Few times he catches an animal for himself and pets it. First he wants to take care of a rat and then a dog puppy. But George prohibits those from him.

Because of his stupidity Lennie is not independent enough. Perhaps he doesn’t understand or he only thinks that George knows better what things are good and needed for him. If the not so smart side of Lennie is forgotten, the best sides will be brought into knowledge. For being very conscientious Lennie doesn’t avoid any kind of work but instead he always does his duties well.

Lennie doesn’t want anything bad to anyone so his destiny to get killed by his own best friend is unpleasant. However, everything always begins much earlier than stories describe. Though it is impossible to accept George’s decision whatever his motives really are. Lennie seems so innocent. Is it possible that a person without any bad thoughts and full of good purposes deserves only death instead of living out his dreams?

Challenging words


  1. Bunkhouse = punkkahuone, asuintila
  2. pet = silittää, hyväillä
  3. quick eyes = nopea katseinen
  4. excited = jännittynyt
  5. woods = metsät

Mindmap of Lennie


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Suvi Szeto
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 13:48:30

    You have done supremely good analys. I can imagine how the book went for Lennies part. You have very much information as compered with the books lengthiness.

    I like the way you end your text, rhetorical question. It makes reader think more profound. Also you have perspicous division into chapters. Altough you repeat how stupid Lennie was. If that’s the perpous then you have succeed in it. Once again, supremely good job ! 🙂


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