The Struggle Of Two Workers In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, illustrates the struggle of two workers, George and Lennie, trying to accomplish their dreams and their inevitability to fail. In the beginning of the story, George and Lennie are walking and it becomes apparent that Lennie is very forgetful and almost like a child. As shown in the first few pages when George says to Lennie “[...]spen’ all my time tellin’ you things and then you forget ‘em[…]” (Steinbeck 4). This quote is showing how forgetful Lennie is and how George will continue to tell him things over and over, so he won’t get into any trouble. And again showing Lennie’s helplessness when Curley and Lennie are fighting, “Lennie’s hands remained at his sides; he was too frightened to defend…show more content…
George tells Candy this after they find Curley's wife’s dead body, “‘-I think I knowed from the very first. I think I knowed we’d never do her[…]’” (103). George is elucidating to the fact that even though they made all these plans and were going get the ranch, deep down George always knew that Lennie would somehow mess it up, that he was always going to have to kill Lennie, that they would inevitably would fail. In the poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns, the line “The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry and leave us nought but grief and pain for promised joy.” (39-42) relates to the book. It relates because George, Lennie and Candy had the “best laid schemes” (39), but still were not able to complete them and were left with “grief and pain for promised joy” (42). While Candy and George both know this grief and pain, Lennie still holds onto hope until the moment he dies. George even lets Lennie think that the plan is still on at the end, “‘I done another bad thing.’ [said Lennie] ‘It don’t make no difference.’ George said,” (113). George let Lennie think this because he knew he was going to kill Lennie and he knew that the idea of the ranch made Lennie happy. So he wanted Lennie to spend his last moments in happiness and
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