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  • In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck strengths and weaknesses directly correlate to how characters succeed and fail.
  • "The first man was small and quick ... Behind him walked his opposite, a huge man," (2)
  • Throughout the novel George and Lennie as a unit compensate for each other's weaknesses with their strengths
  • "'Oh! I ain't saying he's bright. He ain't."' (22)
  • To avoide failure George has to compensate for Lennie's small intelligence
  • “‘Don’t really seem to be running, through. You never oughta drink water when it ain’t running, Lennie,’ he said hopelessly.” (3)
  • On page 2 Steinbeck immidetly shows Lennie's immense size and strength and the little to none of George's. Right off the bat Steinbeck shows clear and obvoius physical streghths and weaknesses.
  • While Lennie is a liability mentally he more than makes up for it physically.
  • "Curley sat down on the floor, looking in wonder at his crushed hand." (64)
  • As started before Lennie is a mammoth of a man with limitless strength to make up for George's lack of but that comes with his obvoius limited intelligence that George proves he makes up for.
  • However perfect combination of Lennie and George seems, George starts to think he would be better off in his own.
  • "And then she was still, for Lennie had broken her neck." (91)
  • Without George, Lennie would die due to lack of knowlege of how to survive and how to get a job to make money. 
  • In the end Steinbeck shows no matter how good one's streghths are the smallest weakness can cause them to fail.
  • George on his own would be picked on and open to attack and robbery without Lennie as a bodyguard to George.
  • As Lennie starts to bring in more problems than good after killing Curley's Wife and the dress situation George serouisly starts to want to go on his own.
  • This is shown by Lennie's insane strength but is mental slowness caused George to believe he was better off on his own.
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