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  • Lennie is a huge man with large, pale eyes, with wide sloping shoulders, and he walks heavily, dragging his feet a little. Though Lennie is not like any ordinary person. You can determine this in the text by the quote used in the book; "He walked heavily, dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws. His arms did not swing at his sides, but hung loosely," Already we can sense that he is not normal.
  • George Milton Small & quick. Strong hands and a thin, bony nose. Leader. Looks after Lennie. George's behaviour is motivated by the desire to protect Lennie and, eventually, deliver them both to the farm of their dreams. Though he is a seemingly harsh man, he cares about Lennie. After being run out of the town of Weed, they prepare to go work at a ranch. George says "I will give him the ranch tickets, but you aint gonna say a word. You jus' stand there and don't say nothing. Despite being initially angry at Lennie for forgetting, he is sure, he is sure to praise him when he does right.
  • Candy is "a tall, stoop-shouldered old man. He was dressed in blue jeans and carried a big push-broom in his left hand." His right hand is simply a stump because he lost his hand in a ranch accident. Like Candy's dog, Lennie depends on George to take care of him and show him what to do. "A guy on a ranch don't never listen nor he don't ask no questions."Candy gives us a pretty good definition of an isolated person: someone who doesn't ask questions and someone who doesn't listen—in other words, not much of a conversationalist. We're getting the feeling that, for Steinbeck, isolation is mostly about silences which makes friendship mostly about conversation.
  • Curley. The son of the ranch owner, Curley is a "thin young man with a brown face, with brown eyes and a head of tightly curled hair." He is a small man who likes to pick fights with big men. George's take on Curley is that fighting big men makes Curley feel more macho and controlling. " \the son-of-a-bitch myself." "the guts" Curley speaking about Lennie just after he killed Curley's wife in chapter 5: "I'll kill, I'll shoot 'I'm in." We can get the sense of his personality after reading this quote from him.
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