The book “Who Moved My Cheese?” (Johnson, 1998) is an allegory of how people react to change. The story is of how two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two littlepeople, Hem and Haw react to life in the “Maze” in their search for “cheese.” The “cheese” is a metaphor for the things that we want in our lives. For different people this represents different things they seek to make them satisfied. “The “Maze” in the story represents where you spend time looking for what you want” (Johnson, 1998, p.14). Johnson establishes the setting of the story in the maze, a complex, extensive, and daunting place.
The story centers around two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two "little people", Hem and Haw. The author utilizes a play on words when selecting the names of the characters. There is significance to the names Hem and Haw which is shown later by the little people's whiney and complaining nature early on in the story. The four characters live in a complex maze and are forced to find cheese to survive. While finding the cheese is somewhat easy at first, Hem and Haw decide to take comfort in their daily ritual because everyday they wake up, the cheese is always replenished.
In these reports the reader is revealed Charlie’s experiences in the bakery where the owner has brought him from the Warren State Home, an institute for mentally retarded. He soon becomes a part of the bakery, and considers his co-workers as friends. From these reports, the team has considered Charlie a prime candidate for an experimental surgery, which if effective, would improve his intelligence. Soon begins Charlie’s preliminary testing. For weeks and weeks on end, Charlie undergoes simple tests of ordinary tasks, and competes in racing with a mouse.
From the setting of revealed information, the author shares with the reader the story of Who Moved My Cheese. The story is written in a sort of Aesop’s fable context with two small people (Hem and Haw) and two mice (Sniff and Scurry). The obvious intent is for these four to represent the different ways that people deal (or do not deal) with change. In the context of a maze, the four would each leave in search of the cheese. The two mice sniff and scurry through the maze until they find the prize; they personify their names in their behavior.
Two of them were mice named Sniff and Scurvy and other two were little people named Haw and Hem. All of them used to go into a maze daily in search of cheese which they liked. They used to run through the maze which has many corridors and doors and also some dangerous dark places. One day, little people Hem and Haw find their cheese in a cheese station C which makes them happier. They feel so happy and think that this is going to last forever and they eventually start shifting their home closer to the cheese station C. On the other hand, two mice Sniff and Scurvy were continuously monitoring what is happening to the cheese in the station and finds that it is getting smaller each day.
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