Of Mice and Men- Feeling Sorry for Characters

Included below are some quotes as to why we feel sorry for most of the characters in the novel. CCEA look for quotes embedded within answers rather than simply stated on separate lines. Also, as OMAM is a closed book exam it is necessary to learn many on the quotes needed.


 “God, you’re a lot of trouble… I could get along so easy and nice if I didn’t have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl”. (7) talking to Lennie about how he holds him back.

“God a’ mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy. I could get a job an’ work, an’ no trouble…An’ whatta I got? I got you!” (11) telling Lennie again how he has been held back.

“Well, I never seen one guy take so much trouble for another guy. I just like to know what your interest is”. (23) The boss doesn’t understand why George cares for Lennie.

“You was poking’ your big ears into our business. I don’t like nobody to get nosey”. (25) George to Candy, showing how difficult he finds it to have relationships with others.



“Jesus Christ, you’re a crazy bastard” (4) said by George

“Poor bastard”. (8) said by George early in the novel, showing he feels sorry for Lennie.

“You get in trouble. You do bad things”. (11) Lennie is reminded by George about the trouble he causes.

“George, you want I should go away and leave you alone?” (12) Lennie realises he is a burden to George.

“He’s sure a hell of a good worker”. (23) George describes Lennie’s good qualities.

“If I was a relative of yours I’d shoot myself”. (25) George reveals his frustration to Lennie.



“I think Curley’s married…a tart”. (29) Candy talks to George about her, showing that none of the men trust her.

“Nobody can’t blame a person for looking’”. (33) She talks to George and Lennie, showing she wants company.

“Jesus, what a tramp”. (33) George’s immediate impression of her.

“Don’t you even look at that bitch…I seen ‘em poison before, but I never seen no piece of jail-bait worse than her”. (33) George warns Lennie off her, shows how the men fear her sexuality.

“What the hell was she doin’?” (38) Curley looking for his wife, showing he doesn’t trust her.

You can find the full list of quotes for these characters and more below-

Sorryness Quotes OMAM

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