How Is Mental Health Presented In Of Mice And Men

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Throughout Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, mental health is constantly displayed because one of the main characters, Lennie, deals with mental health issues throughout the book, and this tests the character and loyalty of his best friend, George, in many different scenarios throughout the book. Mental health is extremely relevant in the world today, but this book shows how mental health has been relevant for a long time, people just never really understood how it affected older generations, until we became more knowledgeable about it. In this book, mental health is an underlying factor that is never actually mentioned but is extremely obvious when you look for it after the fact. Lennie is one of the main characters in this book, but throughout …show more content…

This all adds up to the issues that occur at the end. At the end, George must kill Lennie to avoid the wrath that Curley will put onto Lennie for killing his wife. Lennie dealt with so many mental issues within the course of the story, and it made him commit certain crimes because he couldn’t think properly, and he was so stressed about everything that had been happening to him and George. Mental health is relevant throughout the ending because this happens in the world today. When people are very stressed and deal with anxiety, they make decisions that can cost them their future because they do not know what is going on and they do not know what to do during certain tribulations that may happen throughout their lifetimes. Before George killed Lennie, he made Lennie feel even worse about himself and said, “I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn't have you on my tail. I could live so easy and maybe have a girl” (120). George made Lennie feel even more guilty throughout the story, and this has a lot to do with Lennie’s behavior. Lennie never really had support from George, and he was already dealing with a mental disorder. So, on top of that, Lennie could never feel any sense of belonging, which led to his poor decisions, which then led to George having to kill him, before he was killed by

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