The novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, tells the story of two migrant workers during the great depression. Lennie and George are like many other workers during the 30's, except Lennie is mentally handicapped, which causes many problems for the duo. When things turn for the worst, George killing Lennie was the best thing he could do. Lennie wasn't able to react to the situations he was in, he had incredible strength that he couldn't control which made him dangerous and George pulling the trigger was the only way to give him a painless death with no regret. Lennie's lack of self-control and reaction to his surroundings was one of the first things to get him in trouble.
For example, the narrator said “I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye -- not even his -- could have detected anything wrong”, but later he started feeling too confident and invited the officers to sit down and stay just as they were about to leave (Poe 3). He became too excited and placed his chair right above the body under the floorboards and was lowkey bragging about how well he hid the body. If he had just let the officers leave, he would have gotten away with murdering the old man but since he believed his skills were untouchable, he confessed. Thus, when he was too confident in his work he showed a side of his schizophrenia that caused him to get
In the book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck, he writes about two men one named Lennie and one named George having a dream, but is ruined through the troubles of Lennie 's doings. This book was written in the 1930’s talking about migrant workers and how they survived through that era. In that era all migrant workers preferably work alone, but with George and Lennie they stick together because Lennie is a more challenged person so he doesn 't know his wrong doings which causes lots of trouble for George. On page 94, one of the most significant passages is written on having a dialogue between George and Candy about how they were unable to get the farm because Lennie had ruined their chances of getting it. Steinbeck creates a motif of loneliness through the different characters he writes about, ties in different strands of the story to make one storyline, and foreshadows events to come.
They are doomed from the start because of Lennie’s fatal flaw—he is developmentally disabled and therefore incapable of bringing the dream to fruition—but his naïveté also allows both him and George to pursue the dream. Lennie’s innocence permits George to believe that the dream might be attainable: “George said softly, ’I think I knowed we’d never do her. He usta like to hear about it so much I got to thinking maybe we would.’” Lennie is the keeper of the dream; he does not question its inevitable fulfillment, he simply believes. Without this innocence, George would be like all the other ranch hands, wasting his money on whiskey and women, drifting aimlessly from one job to the
In this paper I will talk about how empathy is shown across three characters in the book Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck. In my thesis statement I will be investigating how empathy is shown across Lennie, George, and Crooks In the book Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck, George shows his ability to understand and share the feelings of another with Lennie. An example of this is on page 106 when George shoots Lennie because it is better than the painful death he would have
Nyck Maxim Mrs. Purcell Honors Government 11 Due April 5th, 2015 “The Giver” Response “The Giver” by Lois Lowry is a third person, limited omniscient story about a young boy who overcomes mass brain-washing and strives to overcome the dystopia he lives in. The book explains the faults in true equality through multiple ways, and how it can drastically backfire on the people. Some of the keys themes include the fact that individuals chose “Sameness” over individuality, and security over freedom, as they are made to be like robots. Common traits that make people human are beyond comprehension. The entire community is brought up in a very specific way, and if they are too different or disagree with how they’re brought up, they are killed.
To George and Lennie this nearly became a reality with the help of Candy. After putting together all their money (including the wages they would get at the end of the month) they would have “four fifty.” And George thinks they “could swing her for that.” Steinbeck includes this to prove that alone no one could afford to but together the dream becomes a possibility. This shows why ranch workers never achieved their dream, as their isolation stopped them from accomplishing that. Steinbeck contrasts Curley’s wife’s marriage with Georges and Lennie’s friendship to show the causes of Curleys wife’s isolation. George and Lennie made plans of a future together, they cared for each other and made sacrifices for the each other.
An’ then I’ll come back an’ work another month an’ I’ll have fifty bucks more.” Here John Steinbeck uses repetition to make it abundantly clear to the reader that George has forsaken his dream, and chosen to become the lonely farm worker he once felt empathy towards. Although some may argue that George's reaction to the broken dream is not one of grief, but rather one of indifference, as he does not believe in the dream, this is opinion is quickly refuted when we are able to see his belief in the attainability of the dream grow as he discusses the dream with Candy and
Harrison Bergeron is George’s son and he broke the rules and took off his handicaps then got taken away, from then on he was very dangerous because he was strong and without his handicaps, he was the strongest of all. After he took off his handicaps he was put in prison, but then broke out. The Handicapper General ended up shooting and killing him in the end, but she shot him on live t.v. So equality can cause unhappiness because you can’t be yourself and you are just like everyone else, and you can’t be
This could not be done without reading fictional books that encouraged their creativity to create this magical land that is loved by millions around the world. Another example as to the importance of reading fiction is that it broadens our imagination. Why has our world developed so rapidly with advancing technology and the invention of computers? The reason for it is that imagination sparks imagination. Our minds are stretched to the exposure of others’ originality.