Lennie's first pet.
Lennie's attempt at friendship
Compassion or Hatred?
" You ask him right away George so he won't kill no more of 'em " Lennie and George dreamed of having their own farm one day. Lennie's sole obsession was having rabbits of his very own to take care of. George giving Lennie the puppy was Lennie's first real test to see if he could take care of another living thing.
" I don't want ta hurt you" "but George'll be mad if you yell""I done a bad thing, I done another bad thing" The climax of the story was the accidental murder of Curley's wife by Lennie. His attempt at human connection and his lack of understanding his own strength, lead to the situation that ultimately changed the lives of George and Lennie.
"No" said George "No Lennie I ain't mad. I never been mad, an' I ain't now. That's the thing I want ya to know" Similarly to when Candy's old dog was put down, out of compassion George killed Lenny. George loved Lenny so much that he killed him himself in and effort to save Lenny from a world where he could not survive.
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