greedy - controlling - selfish

George's Wishes

All I wanted was...

To drink some Jack

A whore for the night

'bit of land to call my own

Enough cash to keep me happy

For Lennie to learn to take care himself

But I didn't want...

To gotta run from every job

To gotta take care of Lennie

To be responsible for Lennie's mistakes

To feel so alone

To gotta kill my best friend

3 Facts

A few things to keep in mind when analyzing George are that he isn't related to Lennie in any way, George is good at thinking and acting fast, and that he gets along pretty well with others despite always taking care of Lennie.

Character Interactions

George treats Lennie like a child, always "babysitting" him. He's very cold with Curley's Wife because he knows no one else likes her and he wants to fit in. He mouths off to Curley because he doesn't like how Curley treats people. This tells us that George cares about Lennie and tries to fit in so they won't be treated like outcasts as much.


George affects the plot pretty heavily. As one of the main characters, a lot of his actions affect other characters. If George wasn't in the book Lennie would have been left practically helpless and on his own. Lennie would have been arrested back in Weed for attempted rape, or even sooner if George hadn't gotten them out of there. Lennie might have never made it to the ranch just south of Soledad, would have never killed Curley's wife, and never been hunted down by Curley. There's also the argument that even if George was still in the book and him and Lennie made it to the ranch south of Soledad and Lennie still killed Curley's Wife, if George hadn't taken Carlson's luger the rest of them wouldn't have thought Lennie had it and George might have been able to convince them not to kill Lennie at all. No matter what part of the book you look at, it's clear George's actions affect other main characters and important plot points.

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