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Character Role Analysis

Lennie and George

Lennie and George are a classic pairing: Abbott and Costello, Lucy and Ricky, Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner, Lennie and George. Like any classic pairing, one is dumb, one is smart; one is big, one is small; one is childish, one is paternal. All the best relationships in the world—as well as the worst. 

 And notice how one of the pair nearly always wants to kill the other.