Imagine the utter destruction of your home, better yet imagine you just accidentally destroyed someone else’s home and are understandably upset for the grief that you have just caused. Robert Burns being a Scottish farmer very well could have committed such a crime, yet the victim was a mere mouse. His poem, ostensibly biographical, To a Mouse is his apology to this insignificant creature, for plowing over his nest. Burns is examining the way of life of this mouse in comparison to his own life, to his own problems. This “compassion for the mouse becomes pity for the poor, then pity for all existence” (Perkins 13).
So he decides that he would rather the mouse steal an ear of corn every now and then in order to live instead of it perishing from starvation. He will feel blessed with the corn that is left over, and he will be glad to help the little creature survive (Dickies 2). From the first li... ... middle of paper ... ...he best of intentions we can still harm someone or something. Burns had much more than just an apology to a mouse in his mind when he wrote “To a Mouse.” He was trying to communicate to his audience that we all have a place in this world and we have to share it with our neighbor, even if they are as small and insignificant as a mouse. He also wanted to make the world aware of the fact that everything we do, and every action we take effects somebody or something, so be careful in all that you do, and lastly to tell his readers to enjoy the moment while you have it and don’t concentrate too much on the future.
Similar to all his pet mice, Lennie didn’t realize his own strength and killed it by accident. As he is talking to himself in the desolated barn, Curley’s wife sneaks in behind him. She kneels down next to him and attempts to start a normal conversation with him. As she is talking, she asks about the dead puppy and Lennie tells her his story. As Curley’s wife continues talking, she tells him about her dead acting career until Lennie begins talking about liking to pet soft things.
Lennie's Passion for Soft Objects in Of Mice and Men Works Cited Missing Definition of the word trace: follow, hint, and mark out. In this essay I will trace in detail soft things that Lennie pets in the novel, showing that the petting grows more serious as the novel goes on. In the novel Lennie pets mice, he dreams about petting rabbits, destroys someone's dress in Weed, hurts Curly's hand, kills a pup, and kills Curley's wife. Bad things come in threes, Lennie's two accidental killings of animals foreshadow the final killing of Curley's wife, an accident that seals his own fate and destroys not only his dreams but George's and Candy's as well. In the beginning Lennie used to pet mice that his Aunt Clara used to give him, he would always end up killing them because he didn't know his own strength.
It is with these three seemingly innocuous events that the spiral in toward darkness begins. The path behind the house ends up in a place known to the locals as the Pet cemetary. It is a graveyard for children's pets, most lost to the Interstate Road which seperates the Crandall's and the Creeds' homes. The gravestones are set in a spiraling pattern. Ellie has questions about death terrified that her cat Church will have to go to the Pet cemetary.
Pages One to Fifty: The book opens with a lengthy description of where the beginning of the story takes place. We are then introduced to Lennie and George, and we soon learn that they are headed towards a Ranch to find work. We then learn of Lennie’s obsession with mice, and how his love for them always ends up with them dead, either to stress, or Lennie killing them himself. George is repulsed by this, but always knows when Lennie has one in his possession, which hints that the two have a very close relationship. It also becomes clear that Lennie suffers from some kind of mental illness, as he is forgetful, depends on George, and has the mentality of a child, however, the immensity of his disability isn’t known, as he is able to complete tasks that George asks him to do, such as collecting wood for the fire.
Jud explains that the Micmac stopped using the burial grounds because the ground “went sour” and causes things to come back, as inhumane beings bloodthirsty for flesh, telling the story of his dog that he buried at the Micmac grounds. The rest of the family comes back from the trip, and the only noticeable thing is that the cat is terribly stinky and Ellie will not sleep with Church
The relationship of cats and mice is known as constant pursuing and hunting which is symbolic of the relationship between the Jews and... ... middle of paper ... ... survivors often felt indebted to their parents and searched for ways to honor those who survived and remember those who died. The children of survivors will forever be unable to understand the full extent of what their parents went through. While talking to his father about a stolen box, Spiegelman has a revelation. ‘“You left the box in the barrack? How could it not be taken?” “I didn’t think on it…” “But everyone was starving to death!
He grew up to love soft things and loved to pet them. George saw how he killed mice to easy and decided that when they got their own land he would give Lennie his own rabbit farm. George thought that he couldn't kill a big rabbit as easy as he did with mice. Lennie was too strong for his own good, which led himself and George into some trouble. Before the two men reached Curley's dad's farm, Lennie had gotten into some horrible trouble with a young lady.
The overly-sociable dog is dropped over the wall into the wood and is never seen again. There is something mysterious and even magical about the wood; things disappear there, and the wood evokes a question of “transformation” that may occur at night (4). The narrator seems to imply that something is going on in the wood that defies understanding and has an element of the mystical to it. This may even include her own children and their relationship with the cats that live in the wood, which may serve as a surrogate “father” to the children. In this text, the characters exist in an uneasy symbiosis with the natural world: “Fear and respect for the unknown in nature have the power to create folklore, and the characters