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How does john Steinbeck prepare us for lennie's death?

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OF MICE AND MEN HOW DOES JOHN STEINBECK PREPARE US FOR LENNIE'S DEATH? This novel "Of Mice and Men" is set in the farmlands of Salinas Valley in California, in the 1930s during the Great Depression. It is about two migrant workers Lennie Small and George Milton, who work and travel together. Lennie is one of the central characters in this novel. He relies on his beloved and thrust worthy companion George, like a son is dependant on his father. These migrant workers led really potholed and isolated lives and the only thing that kept them going was 'The American Dream', which was to own 'a little house and a couple of acres'. In Chapter 1, we learn that Lennie is very forgetful. In the conversation between George and Lennie; Lennie thinks he has lost his work card but George has it. The fact that he cannot even look after his own work card suggests that he is quite forgetful and simple minded. Also, Lennie doesn't learn from experience this is established when he is 'pettin mice' he pets them too hard and they always end up being dead. And George says: "........ you always kill'em". The reader gets this idea that Lennie doesn't learn from experience which could prove to be quite dangerous in future particularly if another incident like the one in 'Weed' happens again. In Weed Lennie gabbed a 'purty' girl's red velvet dress and she thought he was going to rape her and because of that George and Lennie nearly got killed. ...read more.


When Candy's dog is put down he is shot in the back of the head, kind of like a mercy killing and Candy regrets that fact that he should have shot his own dog. " I ought to have shot that dog myself George". So this suggests to the audience that if Lennie does get into a big trouble George could put him out of his misery as Candy suggested. So the audience almost sees it coming in a sense for Lennie. Very soon the audience's fears are justified when Lennie gets himself into a fight with Curley. It all starts in the bunk house were Curley picks a fight with Lennie and Lennie is unaware of his own strength, Curley pays with extreme consequences. Lennie's uncontrolled strength leads to Curley's hand being 'bus up'. The audience sees Lennie's reaction when he becomes nervous he hangs on to what ever he can, it happened to be Curley's hand this time. The now the audience realizes that if Lennie gets into trouble and becomes nervous he will hang on and because he is so strong there would be terrible consequences. Despite this, he doesn't learn. This shows the audience about how simple minded he really is. Again because Lennie is so simple minded he doesn't know when to stop or where to go. That is what leads him to Crook's room, who is a crippled negro stable buck. Crooks soon realizes Lennie's disability and tortures him. ...read more.


So now this statement makes it crystal clear for the audience to know that there is no way Lennie could escape now. George knows exactly where Lennie is (in the brush) as that was set to be Lennie's hiding place if he got into trouble and George quickly goes after Lennie. At the end, Lennie is sitting alone near the brush. He is in terrible mental state as he sees his Aunt Clara and the rabbit both saying to him how bad he has been to George and Lennie replies by saying "I tried and tried. I couldn't help it". This tells us that Lennie couldn't have really stopped himself because of his disability. George came out of the brush silently and comforts Lennie by refreshing their dream and doing what ever Lennie wanted him to do just like a last wish. And as Lennie is imagining the dream they had George shoots him in the back of the head, just like Candy's dog got shot. In the end, it was always quite clear to the reader that Lennie is going to die one way or another. The novel starts to build up this mood from the very start when we learn about Lennie and hear about the incident in Weed. And later on when Curley's wife is introduced and her behavior clearly suggested to the reader this was always going to lead to a tragic end. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bilal Jabbar D11F Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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