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Violence In Of Mice And Men Essay

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Violence Or Inability?
“I done a bad thing. I done another bad thing (91).” In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck these “bad things” happen continuously. Do each of these instants prove that Lennie is violent? In this novel, Lennie is not a violent person because he doesn’t have mental stability, he doesn’t realize his strength, and he has never shown intentional violence.
Lennie states, “I don’t want ta hurt you. (91)” when he is put into a difficult situation, concerning Curley’s wife. In this novel it was clear that Lennie was mentally handicapped, affecting the way he reacts. So, when Lennie states “I like to pet nice things with my fingers, sof’ things (90).” And Curley’s wife lets Lennie touch her hair, this entices him. So, once she becomes frightened that fear is passed on to Lennie. His instant reaction was to grasp on and not let her move, because he knows this will stop the problem. But, what he didn’t realize is how dangerous his movements could be.
“Why do you got to get killed? You ain’t so little as mice. (85)” This shows that Lennie doesn’t realize his strength. When the pup nibbles his finger he is trying to discipline the pup, so he hits it. But, when he does this he doesn’t realize how strong he is compared to the pup. So, what he thinks is a love tap, is life threatening to the pup. While
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Such as when he defends himself against Curley, “I didn’t wanta,” Lennie cried “I didn’t wanta hurt him. (64)” Instead of instantly fighting back to Curley he stands there and does not move while he lets Curley hit him continuously. But, when he does fight back it is after George gives him instruction to do so. As I stated earlier Lennie doesn’t realize his strength while he also doesn’t have normal reactions to his movements. Once he fought back he was focused on fighting back, not to hurt Curley more than he had already hurt him. Lennie was following instruction and defending
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