How Does The Writer Show One Or Two Characters Making Difficult Decisions Or Choices In The Text(S) You Have Studied?

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GCSE English Sophie Simpson 880498How does the writer show one or two characters making difficult decisions or choices in the text(s) you have studied?Of Mice and Men by John SteinbeckThe novel 'Of Mice and Men' is written by John Steinbeck and tells the story of two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California. Throughout the story we are introduced to many different characters but in particular a character, who makes difficult choices that can be portrayed by the reader as forced or freely made but which result in painful consequences. Steinbeck shows the reader this through the use of conversation, interaction and the way in which events unfold.One of the main characters the writer depicts as having a difficult decision to make is George. The reader first meets George in chapter one, along with his travelling companion Lennie. George and Lennie have travelled together from Weed, where they were forced to leave quickly. The relationship between George and Lennie is made clear to the reader from the onset; George cares for Lennie after George's Aunt Clara passed away.Steinbeck describes George as 'small and quick, dark of face, with restless eyes and sharp, strong features'. This would suggest to the reader that he was an intelligent man with a strong personality. However, 'restless eyes' could be seen by the reader as an unhappy man that carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. The way in which Steinbeck describes George would suggest that he is a caring man that is frightened of being lonely, 'I ain't got no people, I seen the guys that go around the ranches on their own. That ain't no good. They don't have no fun. After a long time they get mean.' From early in the story Steinbeck demonstrates to the reader that George made a difficult choice to look after Lennie and care for him once his Aunt Clara passed away. Although, this could be perceived by the reader as a difficult decision that George was forced to make, could he have made it freely knowing he preferred the companionship of a fellow worker? George often throughout the story told Lennie of their dream of getting a piece of land together, which would suggest he enjoyed having Lennie to care for.However, George's difficult decision making continues throughout the story...

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