What is there left to do when helping someone disabled is completely out of our reach because it is impossible to look after them every second of the day? In the story Of Mice and Men, one issue John Steinbeck mentions throughout the book is the relationship between George and Lennie vs. Lennie’s disability. Lennie is a big strong man, capable of seriously hurting anyone, with the mentality of a child which sets George back on his own dreams for the reason that Lennie cannot care for himself. They have to travel together for this reason and as tough as it is already watching over Lennie, they are running away from an incident that happened in Weed, their previous job. Lennie‘s disability is the main conflict and because he is not fully capable of understanding how to control himself fully, he is not to be fully blamed for his mistakes; which in fact, all lead to the exposition, climax, and resolution of the story. Curley, the boss’s son, becomes threatened by Lennie’s large appearance and Curley’s wife flirtatious personality is a problem when Lennie could easily fall into her traps and all this leads to Lennie’s death.
Immediately, Steinbeck writes, “You can’t keep a job and you lose me ever’ job I get. Jus’ keep shoving’ me all over the country all the time. An’ that ain’t the worst. You get in trouble. You do bad things and I got to get you out” (11). George is not sure whether Lennie will be able to stay out of trouble in this next job they get which is upsetting. He is also upset that they are not able to settle because Lennie does not know right from wrong. George should be able to live his dream life but having to care for Lennie is a big weight on his shoulders. Their friendship would be a better one if only Lennie were a…
…he understood his poor behavior better than Curley ever would.A good narrator understands the importance of having an exposition, climax, and resolution when the whole book is based on conflict. Lennie’s disability disables him from being conscious of putting a stop to what it is he is doing wrong. He is not capable of reacting positively when he does something wrong when he is being yelled at because he becomes shocked and confused. Lennie cannot prevent situations from escalating because he simply does not know when to stop. He is not aware of the pain he is causing because he does not realize how powerful he is and how hurtful he can become. Many mentally disabled people need a responsible adult to look after them so they do not hurt themselves or others just as Lennie did.W
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin Books, 1994. Print.