ByMarvel.Thalia, writer at

Now I'm not denying Lennie Small from the GCSE text Of Mice and Men is very childish and innocent but my English teacher is just reading too much into thinks and making historically incorrect statements (That won't stop me from writing them in my assessment though seeing as she's the one who said the point).

The video above isn't the actual scene either it didn't make it into the movie or it didn't make it onto Youtube I'm going with the former rather than the latter.

In Section 3 of 'Of Mice and Men' John Steinbeck the author says about Lennie that he " Wore his blue denim coat over his shoulders like a cape." My English teacher says this quote shows he is childish as he is wearing a cape and pretending to be a superhero much like a child would blah blah blah.

But here's the thing: Of Mice and Men was published in 1937 and obviously written a little while before that and Superman (according to Google) the (depends who you ask) first Superhero wasn't created until 1933 now you're thinking, 'that's plenty of time for Steinbeck to become familiar with superheroes' but here's the other thing: Superman's comic didn't debut till 1938.

Before that Lee Falk's The Phantom in 1936 and Mandrake, along with the Phantom Magician in Mel Graff's The Adventures of Patsy in 1934 and The Phantom didn't even have a cape. Now I'm not saying Steinbeck didn't hear of The Phantom and thought "Hey, he sounds like a cool guy why don't I give one of my characters a fake cape like him so he seems childish." but even if that did happen which I highly doubt it did Steinback stayed very true to eveyrone's characters so how would Lennie Small the most forgetful guy ever even remember Mandrake the Magician? As shown in the novella Lennie really only remembers stuff that George says and usually only if he says it over and over again. I doubt George would let Lennie waste their money on Mandrake Comics.

So I know this isn't really information on the actual novel but my phone is broken and I needed to rant to someone so why not the whole internet. That's what the internet is for isn't it?


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