In Cold Blood Critical Analysis

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Authors often write books in an attempt to express their own feelings in the text, which will often become displayed as biased. The readers have an unbiased viewpoint towards the actions in the book and can easily persuade the reader to question morals and actions of the characters. In “Ethan Frome”, “Of Mice and Men”, and In Cold Blood, the authors set up the books to persuade the readers feelings towards the characters and question the morality of the situations. Information in “Ethan Frome” comes directly from one main source, Ethan, which causes mostly all of the story to sound biased. Zeena’s character in the story seems as if she has no value in Ethan’s life and continuously described by Ethan as a very negative person. “She appears…show more content…
Lennie has an evident mental disability that others use to discriminate against him as automatically classifying him as dumb. Every person Lennie has ever had a relationship with in his life has taken advantage of him in some way. His travel companion, George, once used him in the beginning of their friendship just because it amused him and it nearly cost Lennie his life. “ I was feelin’ pretty smart. I turns to Lennie and says ‘Jump in.’ An’ he jumps. Couldn’t swim a stroke. He damn near drowned drowned before we could get him.”(Steinbeck, 40). After Lennie nearly drowned because of George’s stupidity, their relationship grew stronger into something meaningful, but this shows that even Lennie’s best friends has taken advantage of Lennie just like everyone else because Lennie’s childlike mind makes him mentally defenseless.. Lennie also kills tiny animals, by accident, and does not understand the harm he does because his mental disability makes him incapable of understanding the harm he inflicts. Lennie does not understand the full measures of his strengths and it causes the two partners to get into serious trouble and was the main cause of their fleeing to the farm. All of these aspects about Lennie makes the reader feel sympathetic towards him. The reader has probable cause to feel sorry for Lennie, but Lennie should be held liable for those actions and his harm should not be…show more content…
The relationship the two share compares to a father and son because George looks after and protects Lennie like a dad would to a son. Since George acts as the father, the reader infers that all decisions made by George for Lennie will potentially benefit and guide him. George tends to be a little harsh with Lennie, but when a father wants the son to learn, he has the right to teach him wrong from right. Lennie constantly does not learn from his mistakes and towards the end accidently kills Curley’s wife. Although Lennie did not mean to kill another person, he committed a crime and needed the proper punishment. Curley wished to kill Lennie and out of pity for Lennie, George takes matters into his own hands and kills Lennie because George felt Lennie would end up better off dead than alive. “‘An’ s’pose they lock him up an’ strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain’t no good, George.’”(Steinbeck 97). George had other options for Lennie and made the decision for himself when really the final decision does not come from him because the law always ranks at the top. The reader feels that George’s actions justified itself because George took on the role as the “father” figure and ultimately only doing the best for other people, that Lennie could potentially harm, and doing the best for
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