Archetyping In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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Demitri hines
Period 3
In John Steinbeck 's classic novela of Mice and Men, we see the character Lennie smalls descending into the stereotype of being handicapped. During the time of the great depression the handicapped never reach there American dream.
Steinbeck crafts Lennie a sincerely mentally handicapped man, as an archetype the mentally handicapped in our society in order to imply that the type of people are excluded from the american dream.
Lennie doesn 't get to accomplish his american dream due to him being mentally handicapped, but also gets in trouble even though he doesnt mean to. Esspecally when Lennie kills curlys wife. George defended him and tells slim lennie is mentally disabled. “Couldn we maybe bring him in and
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The situation between lennie and curley 's wife makes the outcome turn to death. I quote from John Steinbeck “And she continued to struggled, and her eyes were wide with terror. He shook her then, and he was angry with her. ‘Don’t you go yellin,he said and shook her; and her body flopped like a fish. And then she was still for lennie had broken her neck”’(91). Lennie has a hold of curley 's wife’s hair and threatens her to be quiet so she won 't ruin his American dream of tending the rabbits. Lennie has an obsession of soft things. Lennie mentally thinks if he shaks her she’ll stop and would still be alive but his anger consumed him because he thought she was sabotaging his american dream. Therefore shaking her to death till her…show more content…
Lennie also mentally acts like a animal sometimes and if that 's the case then it could ruin his american dream. In the book the huge companion (Lennie) is being compared to a horse because of the way he drinks, which is like a horse. “His huge companion dropped his blankets and flung himself down and drank from the surface of the surface of the green pool; drank with long gulps,snorting into the water like a horse”(3). Steinbeck dehumanizes lennie when he introduces him into mice and men. He compared lennie to a horse because of the way he drinks. In the evidence that I proposed there is more than “snorting into the water like a horse”. When he says “ His huge companion” it’s like george and his horse companion(Lennie) or like a knight(george) and his noble steed(Lennie), the list goes on and on. So if steinbeck gives us the clue of him acting like a horse this early in the book then he could of have something wrong with him. Like any pet or companion, there master has to put them down if they are dangerous, suffering, or too old just like candys dog. On page 105 of Mice and men, steinbeck wrote “Lennie turned his head and looked off across the pool and the darkening slopes of the Gabilans. ‘We gonna get a little place, George began. He reached in his side pocket and brought out Carlson’s Luger; he snapped off the safety, and the hand and gun lay on the ground behind Lennies back. He looked at the back of Lennie’s head, at the place where the spine and skull were
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