Emily Warner
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what reason does George give for taking care of Lennie?

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Vassy I think he does it mostly for loneliness. Lennie is a friend that adores him and would never betray him, and this is a treasure not many people have, especially among vagrants.
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Tyler V. George needs Lennie just as much as Lennie needs George. Without Lennie, George would not have the motivation to save up money for the farm--he outright says throughout the novel that, if it weren't for Lennie, he would go to the brothels and bars every month. Like a child, Lennie gives George a higher purpose.
Ilona When they were younger George made Lennie to do whatever he could possibly think of. Once Lennie was about to die when he obeyed George's command. That made George realize that someone could abuse Lennie's gullible if he didn't look after him by himself.

For example when George and the others went to the town without Lennie, Crook asked him how could Lennie know if George was ever coming back. Lennie was terrified and thought that George may have abandoned him. This depicts how naive Lennie was and how easily he could be manipulated.

Rimi well, Lennie had parents but they died but he also had a aunt Clara who was taking care of him and she told George to make a promise that to take care of him when she is gone. Lennie used to be George childhood friend.
Lovenia Libby While he did make a promise to Lennie's aunt, I believe that there is a more deep and devoted friendship for him, hence his unbearable actions in the end.
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Ginny Thurston He promised Aunt Clara...
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