Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a novel about loneliness and the American Dream. This book takes place during the Great Depression. It was very difficult for people to survive during this time period. A lot of people hardly survived let alone had the necessities they needed to keep relationships healthy. Of Mice of Men has a common theme of disappointment. All the characters struggle with their unaccomplished dreams. The migrant workers, stable buck, swamper, and the other men on the ranch had an unsettled disappointment of where they were at in their lives. George and Lennie, two newcomers to the ranch, aren’t like the other guys. They have each other and they are the not loneliest people in the world. Lennie has a dream though he wants to own a farm with plenty of crops and animals one day. The only problem is his blind curiosity of people and things around him. George wasn’t justified for killing Lennie because Lennie was innocent and never got the ...view middle of the document...
” (Steinbeck 85) This quote reflects Lennie’s innocence and lack of understanding about his own strength and the things around him. Lennie also doesn’t know if the mouse or puppy he is holding is playing with him or defending itself, Therefore, he gives the animal/rodent the unintentional fatal blow. Lennie should not have been killed because he wasn’t a serial killer or even just a murder. He was a mentally challenged man who didn’t know right and wrong. He didn’t mean to kill or hurt those around him. It’s very hard to be justified when the person killed would never realize the anger, sadness, happiness or anything they have caused the people in their lives.
George would have to live with the fact that he killed Lennie for the rest of his life. “And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head.” (Steinbeck 106). “The hand shook violently but his face set and his hand steadied.” (106) These quotes described the few minutes before the death of Lennie. The hands shaking is a key to realizing that George is going to have to live with his decision the rest of his life. George doesn’t react with compassion to the death of his best friend. He sits there and the men show up. He admits what happened but he lies and says Lennie stole Carlson’s gun. Therefore he fought for the gun and killed him. This lie is less humane than why he killed him. The fact that he stayed there and didn’t lose his mind or show more than a tiny bit of sadness shows that there is the possibility that George isn’t remorseful, he wanted Lennie to go.
. Lennie was described with animal characteristics though making it easier to not take him seriously and to dehumanize him. Lennie was hurt in the end by the only friend he ever confided in. George thought that shooting Lennie was the best possible solution but if you really love someone you are supposed to do everything you can to protect them even if that means almost dying for the person. The realization is that Lennie would have never learned what he has done wrong but it’s not another person’s job to eliminate a human being for wrongful deeds.
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin Books, 1937