John Steinbeck was born in 1902, in California's Salinas Valley, a region that would eventually serve as the setting for Of Mice and Men, as well as many of his other works. He studied literature and writing at Stanford University. He then moved to New York City and worked as a laborer and journalist for five years, until he completed his first novel in 1929, Cup of Gold. With the publication of Tortilla Flat in 1935, Steinbeck achieved fame and became a popular author. He wrote many novels about the California laboring class. Two of his more famous novels included Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck got the title for Of Mice and Men from a line of Robert Burns, a Scottish poet, “The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry." In Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck includes the theme of loyalty and sacrifice between friends. Steinbeck illustrates the loyalty and sacrifice between friends through the friendship of Lennie and George.
Conflict, by definition, is a back and forth struggle between two opposing forces. In the literary work, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, it is clear, the protagonist, George Milton, undergoes many conflicts that lead to the novel’s overall purpose. Steinbeck weaves together George’s conflicts with others, himself, and with society to illustrate what the true meaning of friendship is.
In the end Lennie caused a big conflict by killing Curley's wife. This lead George to kill Lennie for his own good. If George wouldn’t of killed Lennie, Curley would have killed him in a more brutal way by making him suffer. George and Lennie could have ran away but Curley wasn’t going to give up until he found them. If they would have ran away they both would have been lynched. Killing Lennie was a big decision George had to make, but it was the best for Lennie. Even when Lennie died George managed to make him happy by telling him the story of their dream farm and their plans for it. George was a good friend so he did what a good friend would do in that
About 45% of people in the 1930s believed that mercy killing was necessary for children born deformed or for people with mental handicaps (Moyers). In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the novel ends when George Milton realizes that to save his companion, Lennie Small, from his mental disability, he has to kill him. The book depicts it as a friend saving Lennie from the pain and suffering that he might go through in the future. The action should not be justified as saving him, but rather as a crime, ripping him away from his future and his life. Lennie’s death was a murder, not a mercy killing.
Death comes in all shapes and sizes. Some are considered accidents and others are murders. It doesn’t matter what you call it, death is still death, a small black cloak over the world that will someday pull an entire generation into its icy grasp. There is a fine line between mercy killing and murder that few people see the difference in. Euthanasia, or mercy killing is usually interpreted as a painless killing of a person suffering from an incurable and painful illness. The practice is illegal in most countries. While murder is defined as killing someone unlawfully. Steinbeck's, Of Mice and Men demonstrates the loneliness, isolation, and violent actions of the world back in the 1930’s. This Novella follows two men, George and Lennie through the struggles of migrant life and faraway hope. In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Lennie’s death is a mercy killing rather than a murder because he can’t control his strength, he is mentally ill, and people are already hunting him.
Death happened every day in the world, people gets killed for different reasons, and “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” (Steve Jobs). In the john Steinbeck of mice and men lots of death happened for example Curley’s wife and even animals gets killed by Lennie and Lennie gets killed by George.
George’s relationship with Lennie has made him selfless; his conversations, with and with out Lennie, are generally revolving around Lennie, although in the case of their dream-ranch George seems to find fulfilment for himself as well. Due to these altruistic tendencies that he shows throughout the novel, a danger is bestowed upon George; he tends to care for Lennie far too much, and too little for himself. In occasional moments, he escapes his sympathy and compassion for Lennie, and realises the burden that he causes. This usually results in George taking his frustration out on Lennie, which can often harm his simple mind, leaving Lennie upset and forced to confess to his own uselessness, and George feeling guilty for what he has caused. We can learn very little about George through his actual conversations, which made it necessary for Steinbeck to focus the novel on him in particular, and let the reader gain an closer insight on him through his actions. Generally, he seems to be caring, intelligent and sensible, but is greatly worn by the constant attention Lennie requires. This illustrates a major theme in Of Mice and Men, the dangers that arise when one becomes involved in a dedicated relationship.
During the story Of Mice and Men, George once said, “he aint no cookoo. He’s dumb as hell, but he aint crazy” (Steinbeck39). George was sticking up for Lennie. Then later on in the story, George and Lennie’s boss once told George “I have never seen one guy take so much trouble for one another” (Steinbeck22). Proving George takes care of what he is responsible for. During the story, Lennie often tends to get himself into trouble, but George never got mad. He accepted the fact that it happened and gave up whatever he had to enable to keep Lennie safe. Not to mention, George also stood up for Lennie by saying “poor bastard didn’t know what he was doing” (Steinbeck98). At this point in the story, Lennie killed his bosses’ sons’ wife. Lennie then ran to the river like George him to do earlier in the story. The boss and his son went looking for Lennie. But before they could find him, George got to him, but since Lennie was George’s responsibility, George took it to himself to solve the problem by killing Lennie before the boss and his son could do it themselves. George and Lennie are responsible for one another, not to mention all the sacrifice, both George and Lennie make for one
George had made the ultimate sacrifice that costs him his own success, but we inevitably see a change that would change his life forever. We have seen it so many times, in reality and in books, where we try and try countless times to make that dream come true. In the story, we see that George had taken a risk, which restricted him from doing all the things he usually might do. “God a’ mighty if I were alone I could live so easy….An’ whatta I got, I got you!” (p.11) But soon after he realizes that it was the restriction that had been his inspiration for his dreams and his goals. George had actually genuinely cared for Lennie, although it seemed l...
George and Lennie go through a lot of painful experiences in this novel. They have to deal with pain from Lennie killing anything that he touches. He is so strong that everything he pets he ends up killing them like: rabbits, mice and people too. They have to deal with the loses of loved ones. Lennie had to get over losing Aunt Clara. George had to do something really painful and very heart breaking. George had to kill Lennie for breaking Curleys wife neck. George has no other choice but to do this because they would have killed Lennie anyway. Since Lennie gets so scared easily, George thought he could district him. ...