• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Do you think that the ending to 'Of Mice and Men' is satisfactory?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Do you think that the ending to 'Of Mice and Men' is satisfactory? To make a decision on the satisfaction of the ending to this book it is necessary to look through the book and pinpoint aspects that affect then ending. One of the key characters in the book is Lennie. From the start of the book, the writer uses anthropomorphism to describe Lennie, "He dabbled his big paw in the water and wiggled his fingers". This gives a great picture of the enormous strength that Lennie has. Although Lennie is really strong, he is gentle and a little mentally handicapped, he is just like a child. Lennie has a fascination with animals and soft things. In Weed Lennie was entranced by a little girls dress he then continues to feel the dress and stroke it. The little girls get really worried and then starts to scream as Lennie is simple minded he freezes up and just clings on to the dress. ...read more.

Middle

Lennie has lost every job for them, for example, they were forced to flee from Weed because of a mistake made by Lennie. This makes me feel really bad for George as I believe that he could go places if it were not for Lennie holding him back. There are many other people on the ranch: * Candy, the good-natured old gossip * Curley, vicious little bully * Curley's wife, a lonely, nameless woman * Slim, a fair respected supervisor * Crooks, lonely victim of racial prejudice * Carlson a typical macho ranch hand These people are very important to the book, they all have different views on the people and the times they live in. Crooks is cold as he is a victim of racism and Curley's wife is sad because she believes that she could have made more of herself in the pictures. The most important link that all the people have in common is that they are all very lonely. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lennie dies with dignity whilst he is happy thinking about the ranch and tending the rabbits. The fact that Lennie is completely unaware of his death it makes this the kindest thing that George could have done. It is however ironic that George's act however brave would probably look as though he took the coward's way out by shooting Lennie in the back. In the closing act the only comfort that George has is the friendship of Slim. Curley and Carlson are so deficient of compassion that they are surprised to observe the sadness of George and Slim. The last comment by Carlson "Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin' those two guys?" is just a note on the ignorance and the reality of the world they live in. This book is more than just a story, it is an accurate depiction of the times, a time where people are very quiet, lonely and self involved which are demonstrated throughout the book and encapsulated at the end. The ending is more than satisfactory. It is a perfect example of the harsh world that they live in. Mike Richards 'Of Mice and Men' 28/04/07 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level John Steinbeck section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level John Steinbeck essays

  1. Loneliness in Of Mice and Men

    Even though they do not know, Crooks makes out that he does not seem to care what they think. When all the others go out in the evening George tells Lennie to stay behind, (which Lennie does not mind), but Crooks is also left behind.

  2. Of mice and men - Show how the constant suggestion and realisation of anger ...

    After a hassle in the barn all four workers, Slim, Carlson, Whit and the 'boss's son', Curley come back in the bunk house remonstrating at this point a fight is imminent as you can tell by the intense action and speech of all the workers.

  1. Of Mice and Men - Full Summary and Analysis

    He hates big guys out of jealousy. He says that Curley is handy in a fight and that he goes after big guys because, if he loses, he can claim that the big guy was unfair. George warns Candy that Lennie is strong and doesn't know the rules of a fight.

  2. Of Mice and Men: Alternative ending for the final chapter.

    He couldn't believe Lennie had done something off of his own back. They decided they should tell Curley as soon as possible, they knew Curley would want to kill Lennie and so they thought they should tell him so he couldn't blame them for keeping it from him.

  1. All the characters in 'of mice and men' are Lonely, loneliness is the theme ...

    He is mentally ill, and has the mind of a child who is five years old. He imitates quite often what George is doing, just like a child would do to someone else for example, 'He pulled his hat down a little more over his eyes, the way George's was'.

  2. Of Mice And Men

    We then had to run for a lives. We ended up squatin' in a river in some reeds. They went straight past us an' never saw us, but there still after us. Luckily I think that's about 100 miles away, thank god." He sighed with relief. Lennie then brought this puppy into the bunkhouse, " George, George look at da' puppy, Slim gave it to me."

  1. Analyse and comment on the differences and similarities of the ways in which the ...

    The time setting of the story takes place in the 1930s, when there is the Great Depression. It seems to take place in the southern part of the United States, because of the increased ethnic tensions we see in the movie.

  2. Steinbeck uses many techniques to present the characters of Lennie and George in Of ...

    He is extremely strong and very large. However, we can see that his brains are only a tiny proportion to his build. The fact that Lennie is walking behind George mirrors their relationship, Lennie is in tow following. The reader?s beliefs that Lennie is not smart are confirmed by actions

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work