Loss Of Innocence In Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck

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In Of Mice and Men, Lennie’s loss of innocence, which occurs in the form of his death (Steinbeck 106), impacts George both negatively and positively in ways that he loses his best friend, he loses hope on his dream, and he will have an easier life with no burden. A negative effect of George was that he loses his best friend. Lennie was all George had “because I [Lennie] got you [George] to look after me, and you got me to look after you …” (Steinbeck 14). The death of Lennie causes an impact on George in that he now has no one to be with. With Lennie gone, George is also unable to fulfill his dream of having his own ranch. Although George said that he never really believed that he would own a ranch, Lennie’s optimism gave him hope for a chance that it might come true (Steinbeck 94). Now that the optimism is gone, there is no reason for George to fulfill that dream. One of the positive effects that George has is that his life will be easier. Because Lennie had mental issues, George was always saving him from getting in trouble, such as when Lennie spoke to the boss when he wasn’t supposed to (Steinbeck 22). Even George said himself, “’If I was along I could live so easy … I could get a job an’ not have no mess.’” (Steinbeck 103). Along with an easier life, George will also have no burden. Lennie is always accidentally getting in trouble and George has to keep covering for him. George even says, “’Yeah, you forgot. You always forget, an’ I got to talk you out of it.’” (Steinbeck 23). With Lennie gone, George just has to fend for himself and, therefore, his life will be easier.
Rue’s death, in The Hunger Games, represents a loss of innocence. This leads to Katniss having negative and positive effects on her (Katniss’s) life by realizing the truth about the Capitol, becoming more violent, having more courage, and starting a rebellion against the Capitol. In The Hunger Games, Katniss realizes that the Capitol doesn’t care about people. She volunteers as tribute for her sister, Primrose, knowing that the Hunger Games is too violent, especially for an innocent girl like Primrose. When she goes into battle, she meets Rue, who reminds her of Primrose. Rue’s character is basically a symbol of innocence. Having someone kill Rue signifies the death of innocence. Rue’s death causes Katniss to realize that the Hunger Games and the Capitol have no sympathy for the people. They just watch them die. This realization causes Katniss to become more violent, which is shown when she immediately shoots the tribute, who killed Rue, in the heart with her bow and arrow (The Hunger Games). She is angered by the thought that no one has a heart and people will even kill an innocent soul. Katniss, however, also has positive effects, such as starting a rebellion against the Capitol. After Rue’s death, Katniss decorates Rue with flowers and salutes District 11 with the District 12 respect sign (The Hunger Games). This is not what the Capitol wants as they don’t want...

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