Lennie aint' no fighter, but he's strong and quick and he's hell of a good worker
What is an individual's duty to others?
I didn't take it away to be mean. That mouse aint' fresh. You get a new one and ill let you keep it a while
What is an example of empathy?
In this scene, George steps up for Lennie when being questioned. This answers the essential question by showing us that George helped Lennie get the job and communicated for him so that both of them could secure their jobs. The author wants us to understand that a large part of their friendship is helping each other through the times of pressure in this scene.
In this scene, George is recollecting about how him and Lennie have travelled together for a long time after George had taken him in and invited him to come along. This answers essential question of an idividuls duty by showing us that George felt as if travelling and living with Lennie was what he needed to do as his duty. The author wants to show us that people might have their own duties that they feel will make a difference.
In this scene, Lennie finds a dead mouse that he insists on keeping despite George not letting him carry it around, and this makes Lennie upset. George then goes on to tell him that they could find a fresh mouse that he can be able to keep with him to make him feel better. This scene shows us that George might be trying to empathize with Lennie in a way to make him feel better and reasured. The author wants to show us that there is empathy present in this part of the story as well as reveal a part of their relationship.