Using symbolism, dialogue, and plot arrangement, Steinbeck demonstrates that humans are often falsely hopeful, deluding themselves into believing they will eventually fulfill their desires. Steinbeck employs symbolism to show that humans are unrealistic with their dreams. Lennie has an obsession with petting small, furry animals, and when George notices this abnormality, Lennie defends himself, saying, “Uh-uh. Jus’ a dead mouse, George. I didn’t kill it.
In a sense George puts down Lennie for his own safety too because if he had of remained alive he would've most likely suffered a worser fate. Steinbeck further presents the idea of Lennie being "put down" when Candys dog is shot by Carlson. This foreshadows Lennies fate as the dog is shot just as Lennie is at the end of the novella. This could of influenced George's decision to kill Lennie, as he see's Candys dog being shot and he see's the aftermath of the effect that it has on candy. I think this will of made George's decision easier as he knows that it's the best thing for Lennie.
That ain’t no good” (97). By shooting Lennie, George tries to spare him the pain of rotting away in a jail cell or the agony of Curley attacking him. Additionally, George doesn’t want Lennie to be scared, he wants Lennie to be happy before he died. George felt that it was better that he was the one to do it. Similarly, when Candy lets Carlson shoot his dog he immediately regrets it, “[he] oughta shot that dog [himself]... [he] shouldn’t outta of let no stranger shoot [his] dog” (61).
In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the most interesting idea that was presented is when George killed Lennie with the use of euthanasia. George and Lennie had each other and had always looked out for the best in each other. They both have traveled throughout the country and even when the going gets tough, they stay together. George even retains a dream of buying a farm for him and Lennie and living in their paradise. The ending to Of Mice and Men showed the great lengths that George would go to keep Lennie’s best interest in mind, while he shocked all readers that he was able to kill his best friend, George possibly did this for his own best interest.
In, “Of Mice And Men”, John Steinbeck uses characterization and structure to communicate that being powerless means that you do not mean anything. In, Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck uses characterization to show that George and Lennie are powerless to society. When we first meet Lennie, John Steinbeck explains Lennie as “dragging his feet just like a bear drags his paws.” John Steinbeck constantly explains Lennie as an animal because animals don’t have rights, or are treated like people. Another example that Steinbeck shows is when Curly tries to fight Lennie by smashing” down his nose with a right.”(63) John Steinbeck shows in this quote that Lennie does not fight back when Curly is punching him in the face because he is dumb. When Lennie kills the puppy he yells “ God damn you” now George is not going to let me tend no rabbit.
From this viewpoint, by not taking matters into his own hands, George could have vindicated himself of blame. Instead, he would now have to go the rest of his life knowing he ultimately was the one who ended Lennie’s life. While it is true that he would not have been responsible, it is critical to understand that George was not so much concerned with how others might perceive him after the killing as he was concerned with the Lennie’s comfort in his moments before dying. If the angry mob had pulled the trigger, Lennie’s last emotion would be bewildering fear and distress. To avoid this piteous way of dying, George told Lennie to face the river while he told Lennie their favorite fairytale-like story of one day living on a farm.
Of Mice and Men the movie directed by Gary Sinise is one of the best interpretations of the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: 1. The character description and qualities stay true to the movie as they do the novel. Lennie is still perceived as a grown man with a childlike mind. As he is shown dumping his face into the pond water without checking to see if it’s clean first. George is still portrayed as someone who cares for Lennie but is rather bothered by his constant mistakes.
In John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men, George is faced with the strenuous decision of whether or not to euthanize his close companion, Lennie. Ultimately, George shot Lennie in the back of his head. But was he justified? Though some might say it is always wrong to kill someone, in this situation it could be justified because Curley would have killed Lennie if George didn't, Lennie’s disability would have continued to cause problems, and George
When it comes to death it is better to have a peaceful one rather than a harsh death. In the story Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, George is put in the middle of a desperate situation forcing him to kill his best friend in an act of mercy. After constantly saving Lennie from getting into trouble, it becomes clear that George has the best interest in Lennie. He wants Lennie to become aware of his actions, and maybe one day not be so dependent on someone to keep him out of trouble. George's actions are justified as it was better for a friend to kill Lennie unexpectedly rather than a cruel manner by Curley and his men.
In conclusion, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck furthers Steinbeck’s speech by illustrating how dreams can be crushed, as well as people feeling lonely and worthless when they are discriminated against, whether it be racism or sexism. By illustrating what happens when these isms are present in society, Steinbeck is demonstrating exactly why they should not be existent. Discrimination has lasting negative effects that can only be prevented by treating everyone as equals. To end, a n unknown wise man once said “Treat the janitor with the same respect as the