As Candy and George are coming into the barn, Lennie goes and hides knowing he did a bad deed. The scene ends with all the men leaving the barn to hunt down Lennie. This is a significant scene because of the culpability of multiple characters along with the significance of the scene in comparison to the rest of the novel. More than one character is responsible for a part in Curley’s wife’s death though it is ironic that the boy who committed the deed, Lennie, is the least responsible for her death. A main person responsible for Curley’s wife’s death was Curley’s wife herself.
The dog and Lennie are both nuisances due to their handicaps. The cruelty lies in the fate that awaits characters like Lennie and Candy’s dog; they are killed because they are no... ... middle of paper ... ...me tend no rabbits, if he fin’s out you got killed” (85). After he has killed puppy, Lennie’s childish mind focuses more on himself not being allowed to tend the rabbits rather than on the dead puppy. Like the pup, Lennie is unaware of his strength and how to use it so he often gets into trouble. This situation shows cruelty in human nature because Lennie is clueless of this and there is nothing he, or anyone else can do about it.
Later in the book, Jack left behind all his morals and triumphantly killed a sow.... ... middle of paper ... ...e him over so he could successfully hunt a pig. Roger did not have any inherent kindness, but he did not let it show until the other children became evil. If he showed his true nature early on, the others would never have accepted him. The only one to realize the destructive force overcoming them was Simon. When he had a hallucination about the beast, he realized it was not something tangible, but a part of everyone.
The poor old dog was blind, deaf, had no teeth and everyone complained about it smelling horrible, “we can’t sleep with him stinkin’ around in here. '; (Steinbeck:47) All the farm ... ... middle of paper ... ... killing the only friend he had and was someone who he had promised to protect, but he still believed he had to do this. Lennie did not have a chance to stand up for what he had done, society in the 1930’s was different from us today. People did not receive the chance to stand up for what they did and receive the actions of punishment, they would just be shot on the spot or taken and hung. This was the major mercy killing in the book and was foreshadowed by each of the other killings Lennie committed.
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).
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
Of course, George and Candy ignore her, but Lennie thinks otherwise. As George warns Lennie to stay away from her, Lennie shows that he wants to leave because he says it’s mean there. George says that they will leave as soon as they have enough money to get their farm. Soon, we get introduced to Slim, who announces that his dog just had puppies. He talks with Carlson about killing Candy’s old and frail dog and replacing it with one of the newborn puppies.
Lennie obliges and takes a dead mouse out of his pocket explain that he was petting it because it was soft. This angers George who snatches the mouse and throws it across the lake complaining that without Lennie he would have a worry free life. After he calms down, George tells Lennie that if anything bad happens at the new farm the spot where they are now is to be where Lennie should run off to and hide in with George following. Lennie says that he wouldn’t forget then proceeds to ask George to tell what their dream farm is going to be like and about the rabbits. George obliges and eventually the two men fall asleep.
Dreams deferred usually end up being diminished from existence. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck the characters dreams, which are put on, hold all get destroyed. Lennie's dream was to live on the land in which he owned and to tend the rabbits (pg.14). He finally was almost about to achieve his dream in a month but after working in a ranch for a few days he killed Curly's wife by accident (pg.94) so he dies and also loses all his dreams so his dreams are pessimistic. Also with Lennie's dream being destroyed also George's dream was which was also to live on a ranch so (pg.7).
He covered her body with hay and then disappeared from the barn with a puppy in his hand. Lennie never intended to kill or even hurt Curley’s wife but because of his strength and mental incompetence of realizing his actions, the death of Curley’s death was inevitable. Overall this was a positive but depressing reading experience for me. My reaction to the aspect of the novel was somewhat disgusted, about the derogatory writing the author portrayed on the mentally disabled, women and African American’s during that time period. I learned mostly about prospective in this novel how the eye opening it is.