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Powerlessness As Portrayed In "Of Mice And Men"

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Powerlessness creeps up, striking at the back of the neck with a blow, due to the consequence death of a dream, pity of others, and the weak ones’ desperate reliance. In relation to, the English nationalist, Charles Darwin, describes powerlessness as someone who is weaker than others in his famous quote, “survival of the fittest”. This idea is also portrayed in Of Mice and Men, in which John Steinbeck defines fear as the food for the powerless and those who are sympathetic are also powerless, and the more fear one devours, the more powerless one becomes.
Lennie’s fear that George will leave him and his reliance on him is what makes him powerless. When George and the other ranch fellows, on a ranch, go out to a bar; Lennie meets Crooks, an isolated man. Lennie tell Crooks how he and George are such great friends and their plans together; however Crooks brings up the fear if George, “don’t come back no more… What’ll you do then?" (Steinbeck 39-40) Lennie is worried by the thought since for the first time he realizes how great he depends on George, which intensifies his fears. At the end of the book, a hallucinated rabbit repeats “he’s gonna leave you” to Lennie. This causes Lennie to question his reliance on George and his fear of losing him. He is fearful that George may outgrow him and leave him, since he does bad things.
George’s weakness is his strong relationship with Lennie and his sympathy for him. This allows George to be quickly softened up when Lennie becomes sad or afraid. First of all, Lennie has an obsession to pet soft things, and in the beginning of the book he finds a dead mouse to pet; of which, George takes away. In result, Lennie’s mental state allows him to easily cry, “Blubberin’ like a baby!” George said George takes viscously, however he quickly becomes understanding as “Tears started in [Lennie] his eyes” and George beings to soften up, “Aw, Lennie! I ain’t takin’ it away for jus meanness. That...

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