William used to work on the ranch with Slim and all of the other workers. Despite hearing that his old co-worker’s letter is in a magazine, Carlson refuses to be a part of the conversation because of how bad Candy’s dog smells. Candy’s dog smells very bad and is getting old and worn down, so Carlson starts talking about how he can shoot the dog to end its and everybody else’s suffering. Candy has a strong connection to his dog that Carlson doesn’t care about. After the conversation about shooting Candy’s dog, Steinbeck says, “Candy looked a long time at Slim to try to find some reversal.
I believe that the actions of Captain Madwell in the short story “The Coup de Grace” were justified in the incident with Sergeant Halcrow. The soldier was mortally injured and it was going to impossible to save him. The story tells the reader that the soldier Sergeant Halcrow had been attacked by boars while he laid in agony. This shows to me that the wounded soldier has had a horrible day and ultimately he’s really just waiting for his death. Captain Madwell being the good friend he was, didn’t want to see his friend suffer anymore so he assisted in killing him.
Title: Of Mice and Men Author: John Steinbeck Date of Publication: 1937 Genre: Tragedy, Realism Narrative Structure: Point Of View: The story is told from the point of view of a third person omniscient narrator. The narrator can access the point of view of any of the characters as required by the plot. Tone: The tone of the novel is tragic, doomed, fatalistic, sentimental and realistic. The book depicts the harsh and tragic life of American migrant workers in the 1930’s. Steinbeck juxtaposes the idea of freedom, friendship and wealth with the harsh stark environment of the impoverished America of the 1930’s one in which poverty, human intolerance and violence where daily struggles of most people.
Before Lennie’s death, George dumbfounds on what to do next, but Slim besides advises George “…An’ s’pose they lock him up an’ strap him down and put him in a cage. That ain’t no good George” (Steinbeck 97). Slim’s guidance motivates George to decide easily the humane thing to do, which was killing Lennie by his hands. Slim’s thoughtful words demonstrate a way advice are significant in friendships as it helps people to select right choices when they feel uncertain about the situation. If George didn’t take Slim’s advice, Lennie would have been caught and tortured painfully, which may traumatize George.
Earlier in the novella Candy’s dog was taken out back and was killed the same way as Lennie--shot by the same gun in the back of the head. The irony behind the comparison between Lennie and Candy’s dog is that Lennie is somewhat portrayed to be the pet/possession of George just like the old, foul-smelling dog is the pet of Candy. The reader realizes that George speaks a sometimes tranquil and sometimes demanding voice when talking to Lennie, like an owner talking to his dog. When George says “Good boy! That’s fine Lennie” (15) the reader feels a sense of sympathy towards Lennie because he is treated like a dog.
Mercy Killing is a moral and just way to show compassion for a loved one in need. TS In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, one of the main characters, George, faces a difficult situation when his best friend, Lennie, murders the wife of another character, Curley. S George must make a significant decision to either let Lennie continue to live and allow him to suffer through Curley’s vengeance, or to prematurely end Lennie’s life, and thus save him from endless torture at the hand of an enemy. George feels responsible for Lennie because of his promise to Aunt Clara to take care of him. Shooting Lennie was George’s way of protecting him.
Boo Radley, a character who never comes out of his house and sounds as scary as his name, portrays an important theme in Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. The classic is rich with themes and inspires many people to learn from these themes. One of the main themes is developed by Tim Johnson, the pet of Maycomb, Tom Robinson, a black man convicted of rape, and Boo Radley. The theme these characters are developing is that it is a sin to hurt or kill something that is not harmful. Tim Johnson is a marvelous dog that brings joy to the town of Maycomb, but Atticus kills Tim.
In the poem “Woodchucks” by Maxine Kumin, how does the speaker strengthen a sense that everybody has a murderous intent deep inside? Throughout the essay, you will see that Kumin introduces the speaker as a frustrated farmer trying to get rid of a problem she is going through. The speaker tries to kill the woodchuck by successfully gassing them. The speaker is frustrated and angry furthermore because his solution is not working in order to protect his garden. Down the line in the poem the farmer finds another means on how to kill the woodchucks and feel like this is the only option to get rid of them, however, wants the woodchucks to not feel the pain.
“We’ll have trouble keepin’ him from getting right in the box with them pups’.” This quote is symbolic because George and Slim were discussing how much the puppy means to Lennie and how Lennie is infatuated with the puppy and in chapter five Lennie’s strength is evident as he accidently kills the puppy. The death of the mice foreshadowed the death of the puppy. “He made like he’s gonna bite me…an’ I made like I was gonna smack him…an’…an’ I done it. An’ then he was dead.” When Lennie kills the puppy he destroys his window of escape from the bunk house which could take a toll on his childlike need to get out and play. A gentle, little smack from Lennie toward the puppy was enough to kill the puppy.