Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men is a book written by John Steinbeck in 1937. The book Of Mice and Men is about two men named George and Lennie. George is a smart but smaller man, whereas Lennie is very big and strong but has a mental disability. They find work at a ranch but soon find themselves in a dangerous situation when Lennie has accidentally killed the wife of Curley, who is their boss’s son. Curley vows to kill Lennie, but before he is able to do so George chooses to take the life of his friend himself. By doing this, George ensures that Lennie dies in the most compassionate way possible. For this reason, it is believed that it is justifiable to kill Lennie in the situation presented. Lennie is described as acting like a child. He loves to touch soft things and thinks about everything in a very simple manner. He is very passionate about things that are close to him. There are some things that he cannot process very well because the situation is too complicated. This leads to Lennie becoming very frustrated, which in turn brings aggression out of him. This aggression can be very bad because of Lennie’s immense strength. His strength along with his mental disability and short temper can put Lennie in bad situations. An example of Lennie’s uncontrollable strength, along with his childish mindset, would be when Lennie accidentally kills his puppy because he failed to realize that he could kill it so easily. The climax of the story where Lennie kills Curley’s wife is a major example of Lennie’s ignorance to how easily he can lose control. These actions make Lennie very dangerous to himself and everyone around him. George wanted to make sure that everyone was safe from Lennie. As his friend, he felt the best way to deal with the problem was to kill Lennie himself. Another reason that George killing Lennie was justifiable is that if George had not killed Lennie himself, the group of guys with Curley would have made his death much worse. Curley even says, “I’ll shoot him in the guts!”. This would signify a slow, painful death which is so much worse than what George did. Curley probably would have taunted Lennie or yelled at him in a fit of rage because he was so angry. These last words would have made his death more painful physically and mentally. George made sure Lennie was in a happy place when he died by telling him his favorite story. George’s reason for killing Lennie was to ensure that Lennie would not have to suffer, and would die by his best friend. If George had let Curley kill him, then Lennie would have been killed by strangers with bad intentions.
The situation with George and Lennie is a very good example of the idea of euthanasia. They are put in a difficult position when Lennie accidentally killed Curley’s
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Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937…
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The story “of mice and men” by John Steinbeck is about the great depression times. Times when people worked eleven hours or more. Back when people hustle work when possible, people lived on a hand to mouth life.
When Lennie was kicked out of weed, Lennie and George went a few miles south where there are green hillsides, golden sands in the sunlight, and warm waters. George and Lennie worked in a field bucking barley under the hot sun. This area had plenty of sunshine but…
Of Mice and Men Literary Analysis
Everyone at some point in their life has been or knows someone who has experienced loneliness. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author Mr. Steinbeck incorporates many different themes. A major theme is how loneliness affects everyone is some type of way wether it is one of our main characters in George, a female in Curley's wife, or some one of a different race in Crooks. This comes to show loneliness affects everyone regardless of age, sex,…
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‘Of Mice and Men’
Of Mice and Men is a short novel written by the author John Steinbeck, in which he explores the themes of friendship and loneliness. Following the lives of the 1930s ranch workers, and the hope of achieving the ‘American Dream’ and how events can conspire against the realization of ones dreams. For, Steinbeck’s characters, the dream of land represents independence and honour, George and…
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"Ain’t many guys travel around together," he mused. "I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other." (38). Of Mice and Men is a genius book written by John Steinbeck. The book itself has many themes. This paper is going to focus on loneliness. Steinbeck does a good job showing loneliness among people.
The character Crooks, the stable buck, is lonely. He was black. Because he is black, he doesn’t get to hang out with the other…
In the novella Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck loneliness is a key theme and many characters show this trait. These characters are Curley’s wife, Crooks, Slim, George and Candy. Curley’s wife shows loneliness by always complaining about not being able to talk to anyone and she pesters everyone to talk to her. Crooks shows loneliness be talking to Lennie about what he would do if George didn’t come back from town and he is also the only black person there on the ranch (shows it is what Crooks is…
In Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, friendship becomes very valuable early on. Lennie and George are seen as an odd pair since no two men usually travel together, but as the story goes on their friendship is what so many of the ranch workers long for. The characters that Lennie and George run into are hard and tough men but even though they put up walls against others, they want a friend just like Lennie has George and vice versa. We can see that the friendship Lennie and George bring to the story…
Name- Rusha Srinjayi Sen
Grade – 9
Subject – English
Teacher – Mr.Kent
Date – Thursday 20th, November 2014.
Of Mice and Men Summative Essay
Question : Explain the value of relationships in this story, and how this contrasts to the problem of loneliness. Be sure to include insight about the value of this idea in society.
Written by John Stienback, Of Mice and Men, is a story about two uncommon friends, George and Lennie who travel and work from place to place so that they can earn enough money…
In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, he introduces his audience to a band of characters that all want one thing: “The American Dream.” In this 1950s, the American dream was owning a house, having a dog, two kids, and a loving wife. During the 1930s, the dream was quite different –surviving was the dream. Using characters such as Lennie and George, as futile as it is, is extremely powerful because even though there is no chance that they can fulfill their…
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The Friendship of George and Lennie
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to loose your best friend? In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, friendship is an important theme. The friendship of George and Lennie is especially displayed. George and Lennie are best friends and are traveling together. They have known each other for a long time. George knew Lennie’s Aunt Clara before…