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Human Imperfections Essay

906 words - 4 pages

Humans are creatures of this planet that act in complex ways. A writer’s job is often defined as a way to reveal the complexity of the characteristics of people and to illustrate them. John Steinbeck the author, Of Mice and Men, exemplifies a multitude of characters that have an overall lonely existence. Although most are unhappy, Lennie Small is a warm-hearted, sympathetic man. Lennie has the unfortunate aptitude of carrying out massive destruction in others life’s, even though, it was never intended.
Lennie Short, who is one of the main characters in the novella Of Mice and Men, has defining characteristics that exposes the true meaning of the book. The complexity of the Lennie’s nature is so thought provoking that the story, Of Mice and Men, is often considered one the greatest short works of fiction of all time. Predominantly, Lennie is a kindhearted, simple-minded soul who unfortunately is mentally disabled. Lennie also has a very distinctive external feature, his size. Being a massive individual, Lennie is magnificently strong and never intentionally causes harm to other beings. In contrast to his size Lennie has a love for all things soft mice, puppies, Curley’s wife and most of all rabbits. It is for this reason that readers find the book remarkable. In a secluded setting at the beginning of the story, Lennie tells George “But I wouldn't eat none, George. I'd leave it all for you. You could cover your beans with it and I wouldn't touch none of it.” (page) This quote expresses the author, Johns Steinbeck’s point of view of Lennie, by starting the book off showing multiple acts of benevolence towards Lennie’s partner George. Even though Lennie is a beast of a human, and is capable of severe destruction, he is an empathetic individual.
Lennie never attempted to hurt any one or any thing, but between his mental incompetence and immense physical strength, accidental disaster is inevitable. When working on a ranch, Curley, who was the son of the boss of the ranch, angrily approached Lennie. Curley is an arrogant, cocky young man who is always looking for a fight. “He's alla time picking scraps with big guys. Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy,” (page) explained Candy to, a fellow ranch worker. When Curley initiated the brawl, Lennie did not fight back, instead covered his face and cried for help to his best friend George. When Curley didn’t back off, George yelled at Lennie to "get 'em." (page) After Lennie heard the command of his partner, he caught Curley’s hand, mid-punch...

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