Lennie has done so much to ruin his world in the book. When Lennie gets to a new place to live, he accidently kills mice, a puppy, and a person, but says he 's sorry which makes him seem sympathetic. Steinbeck was successful at making Lennie sympathetic because he cares about everything and will always be there for George but other characters keep sizing up to him and he doesn’t know
When he does not let go when she asks, she begins to yell for help. At the possibility of not being able to tend the rabbits, Lennie becomes upset. Steinbeck writes “He shook her then, and he was angry with her.” (91). This detail is important because that same anger is present that he showed to his puppy for dying. In both cases instead of feeling sorry for scaring or killing them, he is angry at them because of it.
Not an illness. Not something to be rescued. I’m a person” (Niven). Multiple sides of Finch are uncontrollable and obviously known by many because he has bipolar disorder, “a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks”, but nothing was done to help him (“Bipolar Disorder”). Even when Finch has the girl of his dreams and nothing is overwhelmingly difficult in his life, he is still depressed because it is an illness, not a phase.
Lennie’s Experiences with Animals Foreshadow Death Lennie's experiences with animals foreshadow later events because the actions with animals are negative. They show that Lennie is out of control and careless. For example, Lennie has killed mice by only petting them, which was said in the passage. Next , when Carlson wants to shoot Candy’s dog right in the back of the head, Candy is hesitant because he has had the dog for a very long time. This foreshadows Lennie’s death when he is shot right in the back of the head by George, who really does not want to because George has been beside Lennie for so long and how innocent and benevolent Lennie had been.
It was not the poor’s fault that they were poor. With his bright attitude, Tom convinced many people to do helpful deeds, from letting Tom ride in a truck to letting the Joad family sleep next to another family by the side of the road. Because Tom understood that people had bad motives, he then ultimately crusaded against horrible labor conditions. Honest as a judge, Tom never saw corruption as an even remotely adequate way of life. Tom admitted that he was poor; ordinarily, he never pretended that he had a respected place in society.
For instance, Doodle had a long list of problems that made him a burden. It says, “The doctor had said that he mustn’t get too excited, too hot, too cold, or too tired and he must be treated gently.”(345) Brother did not like to follow these rules, he did not enjoy taking Doodle out of the house. It says, “To discourage him from coming with me, I’d run with him across the ends of the cotton rows and careen him around the corners on two wheels.” (345) Brother was self-absorbed because he tried not to have Doodle come with him everywhere. He was mad about having to follow all the rules so he discouraged Doodle from even coming. Another example was when Brother taught Doodle how to walk because he did not like having a brother who was different, but in the happiness of the moment when Doodle could finally walk, he thought, “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride.”(347) This shows that he taught Doodle to walk to benefit for himself.
Toward the end of the novel, Carlson is very insensitive to the fact that George had to kill Lennie, and is still in shock. He says, “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?”(107). Carlson just doesn't understand what it's like to lose a strong relationship, because he never had one. Therefore, he is extremely insensitive to George. Another example is when Carlson wanted to shoot Candy’s dog.
Lennie knew that his repetitive tendency to get in trouble took a toll on George, and Steinbeck does include details in the novel showing that Lennie was aware of George’s frustrations. For example, when Lennie runs away to hide in the forest right before the scene where George kills him, Lennie imagines a gigantic rabbit criticizing him, “ ‘Well he[George]’s sick of you,’ said the rabbit. ‘ He’s gonna beat the hell outta you an’ then go away an’ leave you.’...’the rabbit repeated softly over and over, ‘He gonna leave you...He gonna leave ya all alone.’ ”(Steinbeck 102) Since this rabbit is part of Lennie’s imagination, the rabbit represents his subconscious thought, showing that he had dwelled upon the idea of George leaving him quite a bit. He always said he could run away and not be a burden upon George, but since George only ever helped Lennie, Lennie struggled to grasp a reality of George not being at his side. Likewise, when George finds Lennie in the woods before he kills him, Lennie expects George to yell at him and be angry about him killing Curley’s wife, “Lennie looked eagerly at him.
. it’s because he wants to stay inside.” (304) Jem realizes that with all the hate in the world Boo probably stays inside to avoid all of that and just wants some peace. At this point the readers view on Boo Radley has change from a psychopathic mad man to a kind boy who secretly cares for Jem and Scout. The next and final change in the readers view of Boo happen when he finally come outside of his house and openly meet the children for the first time in the story. This happens at the very end of the book when Jem and Scout are walking back for a school play and are attacked by Bob Ewell.
At the end of the story, we learn why Lennie is the way he is while he is shown hallucinating his Aunt Clara and a rabbit speaking to him, while George seems surprised when he sees Lennie talking into thin air, he is one of the few, if not the only one who knows that something is seriously wrong with Lennie. George consistently stayed by his side and though it may seem wrong to some, put Lennie out of his misery because he knew that the others would torture him. The message that Steinbeck was trying to send appeared to be that of unconditional devotion to another. Moreover, I think Steinbeck was attempting to raise moral questions and pin point the flaw of the lack of concern for mental illness and how when gone untreated, it can hurt more than just the person affected. As a reader, this book made me question whether modern day ideas such as euthanasia is acceptable in an attempt to help an individual and others and