Who Deserves Death More: Curley’s Wife or Lennie? Fatima Athar 9PJ-HK The award-winning novella “Of Mice and Men” is about the disordered and very complex relationship between two very different migrant workers: George and Lennie. This novella was penned by John Steinbeck, set during the 1930’s after the wall street crash, during the Great Depression. It took place in Soledad - the city where he was born and brought up in, Steinbeck experienced the alarm of the Great Depression. Two of the most complex and main characters were murdered; Curley’s wife and Lennie.
While they was heading towards the ranch, George told Lennie 's favorite story, the plan for their future happiness. The next day, they arrived there and began their work. When the boss asks about their skills and previous employment, George spoke for Lennie to prevent him from revealing his lack of intelligence. while working at there, Lennie caused trouble again. As he told to himself, Curley 's wife, Curley is boss 's son, sat beside him.
Lennie tells her he likes to pet nice things and she lets him pet her hair. Curley’s wife wanted Lennie to stop but he wouldn’t and she got angry. Lennie panicked when she got scared and lost control gripping onto her hair. She started to scream and Lennie got mad he covered her mouth telling her
She wore a cotton house dress and red mules, on the insteps of which were little bouquets of red ostrich feathers” (Steinbeck, 31). This is the description of Curley’s wife, in the beginning of the novel. People have a misconception about her so they tend to think she is trouble. This is shows why workers stay away from her, because they don’t want any trouble with curley. C. “ Curley 's wife lay with a half-covering of yellow hay.
George had to decide whether or not he would kill Lennie mercifully, or let the rest of the worker's murder him. I believe George should have killed Lennie because he has hurt people, can’t control himself, and would have probably ended up in a horrible mental institution anyway. Despite Lennie’s seemingly innocent nature, he hurts many people and animals throughout the story. He would pet mice and break their tiny bodies. He had a puppy and killed it for trying to bite him.
Of Mice And Men Literary Essay Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, records the struggles and lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. Although the two main characters—George and Lennie made up a huge part of the novella, the significance and role of minor characters add colours to the book, which makes it more interesting and rich in content. Steinbeck mainly uses minor characters to emphasize the major themes of the book and creates foreshadowing. Firstly, the character of Crooks illustrates the themes of dreams, barriers and the struggles of the powerless. Crooks was ‘bent over to the left by his crooked spine’, and at the same time, he is the only black American on the ranch.
George thought it was best to kill Lennie himself as they talked about the nice place they’re going to get. Lennie was unaware of his fate. George’s actions were justified. He had been with Lennie for a long time. He knew Lennie was a good soul.
The responsibility that George has for Lennie is overwhelming. George and Lennie’s relationship shows how George was forced to make a difficult decision in order to protect Lennie, which suggests that being responsible for a person can cause one to make strenuous decisions for their well-being. From the beginning, it is evident that George is left to cover for Lennie’s actions because Lennie can't remember anything. He had done something wrong in their previous town, causing them both to flee even though it was only Lennie who should’ve fleed.
Both of the dreams were influenced and left undiscovered by her mother’s actions. Her inability of achieving her dreams influenced her sense of loneliness as she was then truly alone with nothing left to hold onto and to have going for her. This led to her marriage with Curley and she reminisces how life could’ve been like for her as an actor. Curley’s wife quotes, “Coulda been in the movies, an’ had nice clothes-all them nice clothes like they wear. An’ I coulda sat in them big hotels, an’ had pitchers took of me.”(89) that represents her wishful hoping for the dreams she was unable to achieve.