Examples Of Survival Of The Fittest In Of Mice And Men

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In Of Mice and Men, the concept of “survival of the fittest” is very evident in the many events throughout the book. Steinbeck demonstrates this with one of the most notable events in the books: Lennie’s death. Lennie was very strong in a physical sense, but his brain power is minimal. He lacks the common knowledge that people use to survive day to day, so he should not be categorized as one of the “fittest”. The murder of Lennie further proves that he could not have survived on his own. George killed Lennie with his own hands because he knew that eventually Lennie would be murdered for causing trouble. Although Lennie is dangerous to others, he doesn't not have the brains to defend himself against those who are after him. During the scene …show more content…

Curley’s wife hoped that one day she could become an actress and live in luxury and fame. She desperately wanted attention and love from others, so becoming famous could fix that problem. In her life, there were two events where Curley’s wife had the chance to pursue her dream, but failed. The first incident happened when she was a child. A actor in a show that visited her town to perform invited her to come along with them. Her mother refused and Curley’s wife was stuck at home. This incident reveals how her dream is unrealistic. When the actor invited Curley’s wife to join them, he never specifically said that she could perform with them. Her mom’s actions further proves that Curley’s wife’s beliefs were flawed. Her mother tells her that she could not go because she “was on’y fifteen” (88). Considering her age, Curley’s wife probably did not understand her mother’s reasons. In reality, her mother may have been protecting her from blindly following others and eventually obtaining an uncertain and disappointing future. After a while, Curley’s wife seemed to partly give up on her dream. This caused her frustration, anger, and hate for the life she ended up …show more content…

Many of the reason why these violent scenes occurred also may have been disturbing to some people. Although many of these scenes are not exactly “clean”, they can still teach a valuable lesson. Our society nowadays know that we can learn from mistakes, so we study and analyze why and how certain events happends to prevent disasters. If we were banned from exposing material like Of Mice and Men to students and people in general, people wouldn’t be able to learn from the incidents that occur in the books. Books are a way of sharing and spreading knowledge, so limiting what society can read is just blocking the circulation of knowledge. Of Mice and Men teaches valuable lessons about human interactions. An example is the lesson Crooks teaches by exposing the effects of loneliness caused by oppression. Lennie asks Crooks why he’s left out by the other works an Crooks replies, “Cause I’m black”(68). These lessons still apply to our world today since things like oppression caused by differences is still evident in our society. If we continue to read books like this, we may be able to use our wisdom to encourages others to do good deeds for our

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