A kindly old woman back in Auburn, who may or may not have been Lennie’s biological aunt. George and Lennie both remember the deceased Aunt Clara fondly, though George seems to think she coddled Lennie too much in his youth. Toward the end of the novel, Aunt Clara appears to Lennie in a vision which seems to represent the worst parts of his conscience and self-doubt, reprimanding him for his “bad” and foolish nature and attempting to make him believe that George is going to abandon him. Aunt Clara’s appearance and the cruel things she says to Lennie complicate George’s remembrances of her, and possibly suggest that there was tension, resentment, and cruelty in the way Aunt Clara treated Lennie.
Aunt Clara Character Timeline in Of Mice and Men
The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Clara appears in Of Mice and Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.