Of Mice and Men

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A few months ago I read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. This novella chronicles the journeys of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, who find jobs at a farm in California. They work to fulfill their dream of owning a ranch in the countryside. Their aspirations were put to an abrupt stop when George shot Lennie, a simple minded man and his best friend to spare him from a brutal lynching. George’s decision to save his best friend by killing him shocks me. “Lennie turned his head and looked off cross the pool and up the darkening slopes of the Gabilans. ‘We gonna get a little place.’ George began. He reached in his side pocket and brought out Carlson’s Luger; he snapped off the safety and the hand and gun lay on the ground behind Lennie’s back” (Steinbeck) This passage in the novella especially shocks me. In this passage, George and Lennie have conversation about life on their future ranch. While George is holding on to Lennie’s last words, he is pointing a gun to his back. I believe this powerful scene illustrates courage and strength in humanity. George knew in a matter of ...

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