Examples Of Brutality In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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In “Of Mice and Men” animals and even humans are being mistreated and disrespected. Animals are being killed and even strangled to death, which is not the right way to treat animals. People are also being brutal to other people in the book. Candy, one of the main characters had a dog. The dog did not have a name. The dog was very old and weak, everyone knew that it was time to kill him. Candy did not want to do that. “No, I couldn’t do that. I had ‘im too long” (Steinbeck 45). Carlson, one of the workers on the farm convinced Candy that it was to end the dogs suffering, so candy let go of the dog while Carlson took the dog outside. Candy did not want to kill the dog himself because he was to used to having him, he had him since he was a pup. Killing
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Aunt Clara used to always give Lennie mice. He loved the feeling of the mice, so soft that he would pet the mice to death, literally (Steinbeck 8-10). “I’d pet ‘em, and pretty soon they bit my fingers and I pinched their heads a little and then they was dead-because they was so little” Lennie said admitted that he killed the mouse (Steinbeck 10). George thought he should have a bigger and tougher animal that Lennie can’t kill, so later on Lennie got a puppy. Lennie also killed the puppy in the end by bouncing it too hard (Steinbeck 85). It wasn’t animals that he kills. He also killed a human, Curley’s wife. Lennie is mentally challenged and when he touches soft things he doesn’t want to let go. That is exactly what happened. He was feeling Curley’s wife’s hair and she didn’t want her hair to mess up so she told him to let go and he wouldn’t. She started yelling and screaming, telling him to let go which made Lennie scared so he choked her to death. He shattered her neck, causing her to die (Steinbeck
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