Introduction and conclusion to ‘of mice and men’ essay Introduction My topic of this essay is ‘How John Steinbeck develops the character of Lennie throughout the novel’ My first point is that Steinbeck develops Lennie’s character very frequently throughout the novel however there are times where Lennie doesn’t develop at all such as when he says ‘im gonna tend the rabbits’ over and over again this shows how Lennie hasn’t developed and keeps going on about the same thing and shows no change at all.
Also the fact that Lennie is portrayed as a child links to this as children always rant for something over and over again another quote to show this would be ‘an im gonna live off the fatta the land’ which shows that Lennie has hopes and dreams like a child does. This fact links to the point that John Steinbeck likes children a lot and says that children have a sense of specialty so this is maybe why Steinbeck has decided to portray the character of Lennie in this manner. Conclusion
Overall I think that John Steinbeck has developed the character of Lennie many times throughout the novel and mainly this links to the ‘Lacan mirror theory’ which shows that children only really express their real identities when they see themselves for the first time in a mirror and this fact links to Lennie as he doesn’t know his own strength until he crushes Curley’s hand this shows that Lennie doesn’t know himself very well and therefore shows development in his character as he is becoming more independent and bold but there are also times where he reforms into a child again.
Lastly I would like to say that there have been various developments in Lennie’s character and John Steinbeck has carried them out in a very structured way.