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


Kindness for weakness

Lennie Small is a protagonist in John Steinbeck’s book Of mice and men (1937). He and his best and only friend George Milton are ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. They have been fired from their previous job and they’re looking for a new one.

Lennie is simple-minded guy who is incapable of logical thinking. He let’s George do all the talking. For example, when they go to their new ranch they are supposed to work at, George does all the talking. That way he prevents Lennie from getting into trouble. And Lennie does indeed find himself in trouble often. I don’t know what it is but  something in Lennie gets him into trouble. And he sure doesn’t want trouble, it’s just his destiny sort of. The book doesn’t answer the question why Lennie is how he is. I think he was just born that way.

He is very kind to people. He would never hurt anyone on purpose. That is something the reader need to understand while reading the book. The trouble always find Lennie. Not the other way around. His kindness also comes out in the form of loving animals. His obsession is rabbits and dogs. Especially rabbits. Lennie dreams of his and George’s own ranch where he can tend his rabbits. That fact tells much about his personality. He isn’t a social person. He talks almost only to George. He’s more interested in animals than in conversing with other people. And in the book he completely loses track of time while watching dog puppies.

 Picture of Lennie tending puppies in the movie version of Of Mice And Men

Ultimately Lennie is a good person. He does unwise and stupid things sometimes but that is only because he is so simple a man. For example, Lennie is really strong but he can’t control his strength so he accidentally kills a woman. But he didn’t do it because he was a bad person. He wouldn’t want harm to anyone. And his loyalty to George testify to the fact that deep down he is a peace-loving man.

But on the other hand Lennie is a menace to George. George always has to watch behind him to keep him out of trouble. And still they have a very deep and respectful friendship, it’s almost like they were brothers. Lennie is also sensitive. He is not afraid of expressing feelings. You could say he is a genuine man because he doesn’t think much, so he doesn’t have any pressure from the society regarding what he should be like.

He doesn’t grow as a character in the book. He’s the same dummy throughout the whole book. And it’s good because I personally wouldn’t want Lennie to change because his personality is what the book is based on.

In a nutshell, Lennie is a heart-warming and very enjoyable character. Even when he does bad things, the reader knows it is not because his evil. He simply just can’t control himself sometimes and that is understandable. Of mice and men teaches people to respect differences between people. People are all equal but unique at the same time.

Mind map of Lennie:


7 words (didn’t find 10 challenging ones):

Bunkhouse = A room where a group of people sleep in bunk beds.

Pet = Love, cuddle

Quick eyes = A person with a precise sight

Excited = agitated

Woods = Forest

Purty = Pretty

On the outside = After, beyond


Steinbeck, John. 1937. Of Mice And Men. New York:  Covici Friede Inc.

True Friendship

John Steinbeck’s Of mice and men (1937) tells a story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two migrant ranch workers during The Great Depression in California. The story of the two buddies is adverse and invigorating at the same time.

It’s amazing to see how much Lennie and George care about each other. Even when sometimes George gets mad at Lennie, deep down he cares for him. The story is indeed about true friendship. Even the tragic ending is about saving one’s friend from a bigger affliction.

The book is far cry from what I usually read, but in a stupendous way. The language is oldish and the two buddies use quite a lot of slang. That makes the reading more enjoyable, because I personally prefer free-spirited use of language.

After reading the book I was satisfied with how the story was told and how the characters were portrayed. The style was quite unique in terms of the plot. It didn’t follow the oh-so-usual line. All in all, I recommend this book to everyone interested in reading something rather disparate.


Steinbeck, John. 1937. Of Mice And Men. New York:  Covici Friede Inc.

Woman and a Dog Puppy

Having read Of Mice and Men I was extremely fascinated by the captivating story of a combination f two totally different guys. It is written by John Steinbeck. The story begins from a river where these two men, Lennie Small, a big and strong man who never remembers anything and his best friend George who always helps Lennie and often gets angry at him too.

Lennie and George are going to be working at a farm to get money for buying their own farm which is their biggest dream. The life and working at the farm is not that easy as they think and finally they have to escape from there. The book ends sadly. By killing Lennie, George changes the whole story, the confidence disappears.

Of Mice and Men is quite a short book and quite a meaningless story in the big picture. On the other hand it offers many feelings and consequences and is easy to read.

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