Of Mice and Men
In John Steinbeck’s, Of Mice and Men he tells about two completely different men, George and Lennie. George is small and witty, while Lennie on the other hand is large and rather slow. Beyond the differences, the two men share a bond and friendship like no other. George and Lennie are both working towards the same dream of success while everyone doubts this abberant pair. The two men learn more about the people around them, each other, and themselves. Along the way, both men share the same issues and obstacles – feeling isolated and lonely. Throughout the story, George guides Lennie through simple everyday tasks but when George goes out of town Lennie’s inability to control himself causes him to kill Curley’s wife. Feeling as if George had no alternative, he kills Lennie. This was the right thing for George to do.
George was the closest person to Lennie and understood that Lennie’s action was not deliberate. “We ain’t lonely George. An’ why? Because… because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why” (14).
George was the closest thing to family Lennie ever had. “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn’t ought to let no stranger shoot my dog” (61).
If George did not kill Lennie, Carlson or Curley might have and that just wouldn’t have been right. Carlson and Curley would have killed Lennie out of hate and revenge, when Lennie did not kill Curley’s wife intentionally. Lennie is not aware of his own strength, and although he tries to be gentle and friendly – his actions always result in chaos and destruction. George was the best candidate to put Lennie out of his misery.
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Dying right then and there was the better off solution for Lennie because he does not have the ability to live on his own. If George did not kill Lennie, and Lennie lived; he would have been kicked off the ranch, or he would have gone to jail. Lennie would have been tortured and tormented in prision and his chid-like ways make it almost impossible for him to go through a day without George. Lennie cannot control himself and if George didn’t take action, he would’ve kept messing up. “‘Never you mind,’ said Slim. ‘A guy got to sometimes’” (107).
All Lennie wants to be is simply happy. George let Lennie know that he was not upset with him for killing Curley’s wife. “No, Lennie. I ain’t mad. I never been mad, an’ I ain’t mad now. That’s a thing I want ya to know” (106).
Lennie was in fear that George would be mad at him. Before he shot Lennie he had him envision there dream together on the farm. Lennie stood and dazed in such joy before George shot. George allowed Lennie to die happily thinking about what he always wanted. Aside from the unhappiness Lennie would receive from killing Curley’s wife; it seemed as if Lennie just couldn’t be happy living. No one understood him besides George, and he had a dream that everyone laughed at and doubted. “I seen hunderds of men come by on the road an’ on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an’ that same damn thing in their heads. Hunderds of them. They come, an’ they quit an’ go on; an’ every damn one of ’em’s got a little piece of land in his head. An’ never a God damn one of ’em ever gets it” (65).
Lennie hated being picked on and he was constantly receiving insults from the folks on the farm. Lennie wasn’t going to find happiness if he continued living and working on the farm.
Steinbeck teaches that two different men can come together and form a close brotherhood, he also shows that the bond can be separated just as quickly as it was formed.
Animal Farm by George Orwell was written in an importune time where communist ideologies were spreading across the globe. As a socialist himself, he despised the idea, as it was not a pure socialist form of government, instead it was a deception of leaders in mansions whilst others suffered outside of their palace walls. Animal Farm is a struggle between the old regime and an ever-changing world ...