George from George Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” made the right decision of killing Lennie in the story, while other might disagree. George shot Lennie in the back of the head to save him from the suffering and humiliation from a mad and revengeful Curley. George did this not out of hate, but out of the love of their friendship. “George raised the gun and his hand shook, and he dropped his hand to the ground again” (Steinbeck). George is struggling to come to terms that he is going to shoot his best friend. Continuing on the point, another reason that it was good for George to be the one that would slain Lennie is because he was dangerous. Throughout the whole story Lennie proves with his actions he makes that he is a menace to society. “..And
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a story about two best friends named Lennie Small and George Milton's small adventure on a ranch. While on the ranch they encounter came to face new people and small conflicts. They also learn about the other characters dreams, while they add on to their own. As the story progresses readers learn that George and Lennie have a close bond, but in certain situations Lennie gets George into serious trouble representing Lennie as a burden. George did the right thing when he killed Lennie because Lennie’s a danger to others, George was showing compassion, and Lennie’s a danger to himself.
After reading Of Mice and Men, I felt the need to research the author. After researching the author, I realized that he based this book off of his experiences. Steinbeck grew up in Salinas, California and that is where the book takes place. Due to John Steinbeck growing up and experiencing the Great Depression, I think his inspiration to write this book came from the social and economic issues that he had witnessed. He worked closely with migrants and itinerants and that deepened the empathy for workers as well as deepening his love for writing.
Half way through the book, the author besides pulling the reader’s attention to the story, also aimed for the question for his work. In 10th grade I came across to such a captivating work of literature by Steinbeck. After reading one of Steinbeck’s books, Of Mice and Men, I anxiously began to wonder what exactly influenced his work. Steinbeck’s work besides applying his characters to an specific time of history, in a very creative way he also displayed a realistic exposure of ordinary problems. Similar to most writers, Steinbeck also had multiple reasons for his writing. Most of those reasons were influenced by his own will, but also by those who surrounded him in his life. At a young age, Steinbeck was inspired to write by some of his loved
Of Mice and Men is a novel about two migrant worker friends, George and Lennie, and the events that happen when they go to work on a ranch in California. Even though these two are the main characters, there are plenty other characters who are just as important to the story. The supporting characters add many layers and different spin offs to the plot and themes presented by the author. These supporting characters add a broad and interesting perspective to the events of the story. They vary from powerful and influential white men to a crippled to a weary black stable hand to even a dog. The different perspectives we get from these characters is very beneficial to setting up the stage for the main attraction: George and Lennie. For example, Candy and his dog are significant to the story because they act as a comparison for the more important characters, foreshadow
Anyway, this research will focus only on three aspects - conscience crisis, violence, and fate and destiny. These aspects will be discussed in three separate chapters under the umbrella of the selected novels of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men(1937) , The Grapes of Wrath(1939) , and The Pearl (1947) and Cormac McCarthy ’s Blood Meridian (1985) , No country for old men( 2005) , and The Road (2006) . The investigator has adopted the sociological methodology throughout the thesis. Furthermore , the second chapter - conscience crisis, will be divided into two parts ( man’s inhumanity to man and greed ).
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world (Harriet Tubman). Throughout the novella, Of Mice and Men, the author John Steinbeck displays that having a dream may impact one to make better choices. Steinbeck shows this through the motif of dreams, characterization, and imagery.
Based off what the reader knows about Crooks from chapter four, the reader can infer that he would be the kind of person to join the NAACP. The reason for this is because he believes that African Americans do not receive the same things that whites do. In the text it states, “‘ This is just a nigger talkin’, an’ a busted-black nigger, So it don’t mean nothing, see? [...] It don't make no difference, no difference’” (Steinbeck 71). This shows that Crooks thinks that it makes no difference if you are black or white, even though he is an African American and he is disabled it shouldn’t mean that anything is different. In the article about African American rights it talks about how people during the Great Depression didn’t care what the jobs
Of Mice and Men Essay Of course money and power is something so great to have, people often get caught up in their own world of making themselves happy that they forget about family and true friends that are much greater than money and power. Money and power comes and goes, while friendship can stay for a lifetime. Money and power is hard to get and even harder to keep it, while friendship is easy to find and easy to keep forever (Compound). Money and power will leave you lonesome and make you somebody you’re not just to please people, while friendship has somebody there to comfort you anytime, make you believe in yourself and bring the good out of you even if that means sacrificing a lot. Friendship is far superior than money and power ever was (simple).
Gradually as, Tom lives his life he see how his parents’ approval came with a cost. When Tom finally had it with himself for killing his sister by accident, he thought of committing suicide, but the thought of,” ….Liza’s disapproval. She could make anyone suffer if she disapproved” (Steinbeck 408). Just the thought of his mother reminds him of the days how his mother can disapprove of him causing him great pain. The same pain that it took him to get an approval from her is the pain that he has to face with the consequences of his actions. Then the sense of his father causes him to react and say,”...“My father, I’m sorry. I can’t help it. You overestimated me”(Steinbeck 409).Samuels approval allowed Tom to live his life normally by himself
I think that throughout chapter five, both Lennie and Curley's wife feel regret through their actions, or their emotions. I think that Lennie feel regret on chapter five because of the fact that he just killed his pup, only friend, who he will no be able to pet the rabbit anymore if George saw what he did to the pup by accidentally. This quote“Why do you got to get killed? You ain’t so little as mice. I didn’t bounce you hard” (85) showed that since Lennie kills the pup that Slim gave him while he was playing too roughly with
Throughout time, society has changed its standards of what is acceptable and by doing so it makes it harder for some people to achieve their dreams. There were different points where certain kinds of people were more accepting than others. In John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men, he shows through his characters that who a person was affected how they were seen. The main character’s George Milton and Lennie Small leave their hometown of Weed for their new job on a ranch in order to achieve their dream of getting enough money to settle on their own farm. Lennie is mentally ill and George is the authority figure of the pair. On the ranch, they meet different people with different stories and perspectives. The author is implying through his characters
Of Mice and Men was an excellent novel about two migrant workers traveling in Southern California, trying to make enough money to fulfill their dream of attaining their own plot of land. They have trouble accomplishing this goal when Lennie, the big and clueless on of the two, consistently makes mistakes, some of them being vital. The author, John Steinbeck, uses great techniques and literary devices that build up to the climax and resolution. Throughout the story, he describes how several characters all have/had dreams or goals, but none of them truly achieved those dreams. All of these literary devices, techniques, and the entire plot lead up to my thesis statement. Steinbeck uses dialogue and conflict to project his belief that dreams
The essence of humans’ true desires are three simple, alluring words: power, riches and fame. Three words, which put together sound dark, yet enticing. Take that away, and humanity is left with nothing but the company of one another. No heterodoxy exists, and everyone is left contented. This, however, is impossible in reality. Through the characterization of George, Crooks, and Curly’s wife, in his novel, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck reflects on the impending doom humans face due to their insufficient hopes blinding them from what truly matters.
When you read a book then you read another one that is completely different, sometimes you think that those two books are nothing alike. Well I thought the same thing about The Call of the Wild and Of Mice and Men. There were no parallels with these books as far as I could see. Then my teacher told us about the American Dream and I realized that Buck, George, and Lennie had a dream. That’s one of the greatest things about life: trying to achieve your own personal goal or dream--but there is also a good chance that you won’t achieve your dream. Unfortunately many people lose hope because of difficulties in life. The same goes for Buck, George, and Lennie.