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The Consequences of Lennie's Carelessness in In Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

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Doing careless things can lead to the downfall of an individual. In Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Lennie does careless and thoughtless acts that lead to the downfall of himself and others around him. The careless actions of Lennie were apparent through Lennie and the pups, Lennie and Curley’s wife, and Lennie and George. Thoughtless actions appear in many ways such as animal cruelty. Lennie likes to feel soft items such as velvet, fur and items such as puppies. In the introduction to the story and characters, Lennie was carrying a dead mouse just to pet it. He was traveling with George, his best friend, who acted fraternal to him. When George and Lennie went to work on a different ranch, Lennie was promised a puppy from Slim, the…show more content…
They start talking and she asks Lennie if she wants to feel her hair, for she claimed that it was soft. Lennie grabbed her hair and her words were verified. His grip grew tighter. He would not let go, for he was too panicked to do anything. She thrashes under his grip and when Lennie finally lets go, she is motionless on the ground (Steinbeck 91). Lennie had killed Curley’s wife by snapping her neck. Lennie did not mean to kill her, but his action of not letting go of her hair had caused the downfall of Curley’s wife. Curley’s wife dying caused Lennie to run away from the ranch and hide by a river. Lennie left, trying to avoid George. Lennie said, “I shouldn’t have did that. George’ll be mad” (Steinbeck 93). Lennie left the ranch after killing her, knowing how mad George would be, because they could get let go or killed when her corpse was found Lennie went to the Salinas River, where the story begins. George knew that he would be there, for he told Lennie to go there. George came to where Lennie was, and shot him in the back of the head by tricking Lennie. Lennie’s choice to run resulted in the downfall of himself, which was avoidable. He was going to be imprisoned in the ranch if he stayed; instead his actions meant impending death. Lennie not letting go of her resulted in the death of Lennie and Curley’s wife, due to the carelessness of Lennie. Friendships also grow tougher with enough careless decisions and actions. George and Lennie’s friendship
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