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Character's Innocence in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Essay

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One may be accused of doing things when they didn’t know better. Lennie was accused of doing bad things when he didn’t know that he wasn’t supposed to. Lennies innocence can be proven through when he touches the girl’s dress, his accidental killing of animals, and his accidental killing of Curley’s wife. Touching things can sometimes get a person into trouble. Lennie accidentally causes a commotion when he touches a girl’s dress. “So he reaches out to feel this red dress an’ the girl lets out a squawk and that gets Lennie all mixed up, and he holds on ‘cause that’s the only thing he can think to do. … Well that girl rabbits and tells the law she been raped” (Steinbeck 39). George, Lennie’s friend is telling another rancher how Lennie…show more content…
Don’t you think I could see your feet was wet where you went acrost the river to get [the mouse]?” (Steinbeck 8). George was mad at Lennie for getting a mouse and killing it, even though it was on accident. He wants Lennie to leave mice alone, and none of them will die. He realizes that Lennie should not do those things, and forgets that he cannot help it. Reactions to something unexpected can cause a negative outcome. He also accidentally kills his puppy that another worker gave him. He is scared that George will not let him tend the rabbits after he killed the dog. George would be angry and would not let Lennie do some things that he wants to. He had told Lennie to leave the puppy alone until it was old enough, but Lennie didn’t listen. George got so focused on him not wanting Lennie to touch the dog, that he doesn’t realize that Lennie didn’t understand why he shouldn’t leave him alone. People can get so wrapped up in themselves, that they forget to be kind to, and forgiving of others. This shows that ones reaction to an unexpected event may lead to a series of unwanted events. Similarly, anything can have a totally different outcome than expected. Curley says “I’m gonna get ‘im. I’m going for my shotgun. … I’ll shoot ‘im in the guts” (Steinbeck 92). Curley wants to kill Lennie for killing his wife. He thinks that he just killed her because he wanted to. He doesn’t realize, or care that it was an accident. He just wants to kill him. People can be
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