Essay on Of Mice and Men

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Mykel Pierre
Mrs. Crandall
American Literature- 2nd
25 March 2013
Of Mice and Men “Dammit Lennie!” is something I always imagine George saying every two chapters of this story. George and Lennie were both inspired by real people that Steinbeck met when he was a bindlestiff in the 1920’s. The man who inspired Lennie was a mentally unstable who was very nice but also had major anger problems. Steinbeck used a character like this that can be easily controlled so he could use indirect characterization of George and Lennie as alpha male and subordinate to express the theme of friendship. Towards the beginning of the book, Steinbeck immediately establishes George and Lennie roles and friendship. “They had walked in single file down the
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‘With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us.’Lennie broke in… Because… because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.’” (Steinbeck 13). This short passage in the story is a blatant example of friendship as George says how they both have someone who care about the other when most people in their positions aren’t so fortunate. Francisco Castro writes: “George always is angered by mistakes Lennie does and sometimes wishes he wasn’t with Lennie but he stays because he really needs him and Lennie needs him too” (Castro). This also explains that George and Lennie depend on each other no matter how much George maybe mad at Lennie for misbehaving. In the final chapters, Lennie accidentally kills Curley’s wife which results in Curley trying to find and kill Lennie. “And George raised the gun and steadied it, and he brought the muzzle of it close to the back of Lennie’s head. The hand shook violently, but his face set and his hand steadied. He pulled the trigger…Lennie jarred, and then settled slowly forward to the sand, and he lay without quivering” (Steinbeck 106). Although this might be an odd quote to use, it actually shows that George was doing a favor by killing Lennie in this way so he

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