The author describes George, in the beginning of the novel, to be small, wiry, and sharp featured. George has the opportunity to change throughout the story, as evident in of the conversation between he and Crooks, but does not. Instead, he travels and looks after Lennie. He frequently talks about how much simpler his life would be without taking responsibilities. " "Lennie!" He said sharply. "Lennie for god" sakes don't drink so much." "(Steinbeck, P. 4). George is clearly faithful to Lennie. Georges" actions are motivated by the need to protect Lennie. Lennie's childish confidence in the story of the farm and how he will be able to tend the rabbits causes George to believe that it's possible for them to own a farm. .
"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place . With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don't have to sit in no bar room blowin' in our jack jus' because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us."(Steinbeck, P. ).
George's confidence in Lennie gives him the courage and strength to believe in himself. Without this goal of purchasing a small piece of land and living off it, George would otherwise think of himself as worthless and insignificant. Lennie plays an important role in George's life. He is part of his family, his caretaker, and his friend.