Lionel Essrog compared to Lennie Small

Jemirille Bajala-Tuazon

Kayla Di Staulo

Karyna Statko

Julia Graziani

Lionel Essrog is the main character that suffers from Tourrete Syndrome. His condition makes him have “tics that are sudden, intermittent, repetitive, unpredictable, purposeless, nonrhythmic, involuntary movements or sound”. His sudden impulses tend to arise when he is in stressful situations. For example, Lionel shouts “Eat me Mister Dicky-Weed” as they tail the K-car and their boss in it, Frank. His partner, Gilbert is also very good friend of his that takes his condition as none-existent. Lionel describes him as “a big lug with a heart of gold, I guess.” There is definitely a strong bond between them.

Furthermore, Lionel reminds us of similar character from the book Of Mice and Men named Lennie Small. He also suffers from a mental disability. Therefore, he depends on his friend George just as Lionel depends on his partner Gilbert. George takes as his responsibility to protect Lennie. In a similar case, Gilbert also defends Lionel such as telling the guard to “lay off” explaining that he had a condition. This shows the sense of protectiveness between these two.

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