All I wanted was...
to own a house
to own animals
to have a farm
to not be bossed around
to have friends
But I didn't want...
to hurt Lennie
to constantly be moving
to be lonely
to have enemies
- George tells others that him and Lennie are cousins, even though they aren't.
- George is rude to Lennie sometimes, but even though he can be mean, he loves and thinks of Lennie like a brother.
- George is harsh to people he doesn't know because he doesn't want to get into trouble, but throughout the book some of his actions indicate that he is afraid to be alone.
- George treats Lennie with disrespect often, but tells others that he is a good person.
- When George talks to Slim, he is very respectful and is aware of his actions and words.
- When George interacts with Candy, he is hesitant, and careful with his words, but still respectful.
These sentences support that George puts on a "tough guy" act around almost everyone. On occasion, however, he opens up about how he doesn't want to be alone, and that he has hope for a better life.
George affects the plot throughout the book because he is a main character and is responsible for Lennie. Without George helping Lennie and making decisions, the events in the book most likely wouldn't have happened.